Monday, February 15, 2010

Posted by cendol

Conceived by means of in vitro fertilization, Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) was brought into the world to be a genetic match for her older sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia in order to keep her alive. Her family members are introduced one by one and each tell about how Kate's illness has affected them personally and the family. When Kate turns 15, she goes into renal failure. Anna knows that she will be forced by her parents to donate a kidney. She also knows that, if she does donate a kidney, she will be unable to live the life she wants; she will no longer be able to take part in extracurricular activities such as cheerleading and soccer, or be a mother. Not wanting any of this, Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. Her mother, Sara (Cameron Diaz) is indignant at Anna's decision and even strikes her across the face when she receives the notice of intended prosecution. Attorney Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) agrees to work for Anna as her guardian ad litem, suing for partial termination of parental rights. It is later learned he agreed to take the case not for the notoriety, but because he has epilepsy and understands her predicament of not having control over one's own body.

The judge (Joan Cusack), Judge de Salvo, refuses to grant summary dismissal, and the case goes to a hearing. The film is interlaced with flashbacks that detail Kate and Anna's closeness, as well as how Kate's illness has affected her siblings' lives and their relationships. In a flashback, Kate also meets a fellow cancer patient, Taylor Ambrose (Thomas Dekker), who becomes her boyfriend both in and out of the hospital. After a date, they share a few passionate kisses outside Kate's house, with Sara and Brian watching from their bedroom window. He then asks her to the hospital's "prom" for patients-- there, they slow-dance, then proceed to make love in a vacant hospital room. A few days later, Kate is crying because Taylor hasn't called her for several days. Her mother Sara, furious because Kate said they "did it", storms out to ask the nurse where he is and learns that he has died. The film flashes back to the present. Before the hearing, their dad Brian takes the kids to the beach at Kate's request and with the doctor's permission. Overprotective as ever, Sara is infuriated when she finds out and demands that Kate be returned to the hospital, but Brian drives away anyway, threatening Sara with a divorce if she does not join them. Sara later joins them and they enjoy one last family outing together.

During the hearing, Anna and Kate's older brother, Jesse, unable to get Anna to admit it, reveals that Anna is actually acting at Kate's request; Kate has no confidence in another operation and would rather be allowed to die, and since Sara does not listen to her, she had secretly urged Anna to file for medical emancipation, and refuse to donate a kidney. Before the case is settled, Kate dies in her sleep at the hospital with her mother by her side. After Kate's death, Campbell brings the court decision – Anna won the case. The family moves on with their lives, being changed by Kate's death, but every year on Kate's birthday they go to Montana, which was her "most favorite place in the world".



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