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My Sister's Keeper: As a Mom What Would You Do?

My Sister's Keeper: As a Mom What Would You Do?

My Sister's Keeper is a must see for mothers. Bring a box of tissues and prepare to empty your tear ducts during the entire experience. Unlike most films that escalate this one puts a lump into your throat just moments after starting. Cameron Diaz plays a pretty convincing Sara Fitzgerald, an attorney and mother of two who finds out her young daughter, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), has cancer and her slightly older son, Jesse (Evan Ellingson), is not a donor match. So to save the child's life, Sara and her husband, Brian (Jason Patric) genetically conceive another baby, Anna (Abigail Breslin).

After eleven years of surgery and of donating body parts to her older sister, Anna hires a lawyer and sues her parents for the right to her own body. Sara is torn between the love she has for all her kids and the need to keep Kate (who needs a kidney) alive. It's hard to digest the tearjerker, and the powerful scenes played out at times with just looks between characters and not feel their pain, their confusion and love, and wonder as a parent what you would do. If you found out your child were terminally ill, would you genetically engineer another to save his or her life?

To see the emotional trailer,


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nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 7 years
Not a parent but if I ever had kids and was ever put into that situation as a mom, I would never sacrifice one child to save another because I believe all peoples lives are important and every man and woman has a right to their own body. No person should ever be used to be "body parts" for another person. That's disgusting and unethical. Every person that is born, regardless of race, sex, has a right to pursue their own dreams and the right to their own body and to do with their own lives as they wish. Their parents have no right deciding that. I hope the movie ends up with a happy conclusion because I really don't want to go and watch a downer.
tinyflame tinyflame 7 years
I just read the book a few weeks ago, and I was furious with Sara Fitzgerald during most of it. However, the ending is somewhat redeeming...I haven't decided if I will see the movie yet. The book was not very evocative, even though it dealt with such a troubling subject. Not sure that Diaz is talented enough to pull this off.
mguy414 mguy414 7 years
I felt bad after reading the book and being SO mad at the mother for creating another child for the sole purpose of keeping her other daughter alive. I am glad I am not the only one who wouldn't be able to do that in a real life situation. Now, if I had happened to naturally get pregnant again and that umbilical cord stuff could potentially help my sick child, okay fine, use that. But I couldn't say "why yes, please perform a very invasive surgery on my youngest child so my other kid can have a kidney, and she might not even live through the surgery!" Sorry, I read the book recently and it still sticks out to me!
little-cupcake little-cupcake 7 years
I think it looks like a great movie! However, I would never create life to save another-b/c like the first person said, why ruin another life to save one?
jessie jessie 7 years
well....the trailer was enough to make me cry. :( as a parent....i would not have another child so my oldest one could live. life is we live and die. some earlier then others. and to answer skigurl's question...if my child made that choice and fully understood. then yes..they have that right to make the decision not be a body donor to the sibling.
miss-elle-cherie miss-elle-cherie 7 years
I'm not a parent , but I would NEVER have a second child to keep another alive . Thats just cruel .
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i don't think the question is 'would you do it in the first place' but rather 'if you had a child who had the ability to help your other (very sick) child, then what would you do if she tried to emancipate herself' this book is very very sad. the movie, as well, but the ending is different.
MaggieLei MaggieLei 7 years
This is not a fair question, by any means. I can't imagine not doing everything I could to save my children. However, I strongly disagree with raising a child for "spare parts." It would be hard to come to grips with one of my children's death, and to teach him not to fear death, but it seems a better option than hanging on to false hopes, like in the movie.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I am not a parent either, but I would never genetically engineer a child to harvest its parts for another. Its cruel, and its the opposite of what parenting should be.
techkim techkim 7 years
so instead of one sick child lets have two. Its not an easy thing to be the donor child. I would never do that on purpose to a child. So what like the movie the child is sick of it and wants to stop but then has to live with because they stopped it killed their sibling. What a horrid thing to do to a child.
alikat07 alikat07 7 years
I remember when my mom read that book a couple years ago. I would never do that to a child, it is horrendous.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
What a horrible premise. This is an example of science interfering with God's will. I'm not a religious fanatic by any means, but there is a limit to what science should be doing.
backfat backfat 7 years
I can't deal with this sort of stuff since having children. I'm not one to bury my head in the sand, but this stuff is too depressing. Why ruin my mood on purpose? I wouldn't genetically engineer child to save another. If I'm going to conceive a child, it'll be because I want that child, not because I want to use it for spare parts.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I am not a parent, but do believe my opinion is valid. I would never engineer a child to save my own child's life. Why ruin someone else's life while trying to preserve one? Doing that is illogical, and actually completely sickening to me. That child will never be truly loved or truly appreciated if they were conceived for one purpose -- to give someone else life, and never to have their own separate life as long as the other child was sick. Imagine being in that position of the child. Knowing that your parents wanted you around not out of love for another child, but out of love for their current child. Selfish. Absolutely selfish to do this.
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