My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Jodi Picoult):
subject matter which is presented and to some degree discussed in My
Sister's Keeper is so interesting, relevant and explosive that what
Nick Cassavetes ultimately gets out of it, is a little disappointing.
The ethical dilemma is this: Can an 11-year-old refuse her parents the
rights to use her body for the purpose of helping her leukaemic sister?
The film has segments of potent drama and impressive acting. Cameron
Diaz and Jason Patric give close to career-best performances; Diaz in a
role which is perfect for her, Patric in a welcomed change of pace. And
the kids do remarkably well with difficult material, even if they are
given the disagreeable task of narrating their story in typical vapid
fashion. This and a few other less elegant and probable turns let the
film down as a serious drama, turning it into an Americanized courtroom
spectacle rather than staying with the interesting moral question.