The Other Sister

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Other Sister (Touchstone Movie)

“The Other Sister” is a romantic comedy-drama film released in 1999, directed by Garry Marshall. The movie stars Juliette Lewis as Carla Tate and Giovanni Ribisi as Daniel McMann, with Diane Keaton and Tom Skerritt in supporting roles.

The story follows Carla Tate, a young woman with intellectual disabilities, who returns home after spending several years at a special boarding school. Carla is eager to live an independent life and enroll in college, but her overprotective and affluent parents, played by Diane Keaton and Tom Skerritt, have reservations about her abilities.

As Carla embarks on her journey towards independence, she meets Daniel McMann, a young man with a similar intellectual disability. Daniel is part of a group home and has dreams of becoming a professional chef. The two develop a sweet and genuine romance as they navigate the challenges of adulthood together.

“The Other Sister” is a heartfelt and compassionate film that addresses themes of love, acceptance, and the right to self-determination for individuals with disabilities. The movie sheds light on the struggles faced by people with intellectual disabilities and the importance of understanding, inclusion, and support from their families and society.

The film received mixed reviews from critics but was celebrated for its sensitive portrayal of characters with disabilities and its message of embracing differences. Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi delivered touching and genuine performances, adding depth and authenticity to their characters.

“The Other Sister” remains a touchstone for those seeking a heartwarming and thought-provoking film that promotes understanding and empathy towards individuals with disabilities and advocates for their independence and right to pursue meaningful relationships and aspirations.

Additional Details


  • Juliette Lewis: Carla Tate
  • Kendra Krull: Young Carla
  • Diane Keaton: Elizabeth Tate
  • Tom Skerritt: Dr. Radley Tate
  • Giovanni Ribisi: Daniel “Danny” McMann
  • Poppy Montgomery: Caroline Tate
  • Brooke Garrett: Young Caroline
  • Sarah Paulson: Heather Tate
  • Brighton McCloskey: Young Heather
  • Linda Thorson: Drew Evanson
  • Joe Flanigan: Jeff Reed
  • Juliet Mills: Winnie the Housekeeper
  • Tracy Reiner: Michelle
  • Hector Elizondo: Ernie


  • Director: Garry Marshall
  • Producers: Mario Iscovich and Alexandra Rose
  • Screenplay: Bob Brunner and Garry Marshall

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