Your Sister's Sister

Your Sister's Sister

(2012)

A comedy about doing the right thing with the wrong person.

Comedy-drama examining the criss-crossing relationships between a man (grieving over the loss of his brother), his best friend and best friend's sister. Stars Emily Blunt (The Five-Year Engagement), Mark Duplass (Humpday) and Rosemarie DeWitt (The Company Men).... More

A year after his brother Tom's death, Jack (Duplass) is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom's best friend Iris (Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude.

Once there, however, he runs into Iris' sister Hannah (Dewitt) who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom's unexpected presence. A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an awkward sexual incident, made worse by Iris' sudden presence at the cabin the next morning.Hide

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As strong an argument as one could imagine for the "mumblecore" film movement spearheaded by this film's director (Lynn Shelton) and star/producer (Mark Duplass), Your Sister's Sister is one of the most purely pleasurable "grown-up" films I've seen this year.... More

Working off a structured outline with no dialogue, the three lead actors here create an incredibly vivid dynamic filled with the unmistakable rhythms of real life. But the film is so consistently funny and affecting, you'd never guess the dialogue was entirely improvised.

With this and the upcoming Safety Not Guaranteed, Duplass is having something of a moment, and he's fantastic here. He starts the film as a bit of a sad sack, but as his character is drawn out by his pulchritudinous co-stars, he invites ample amounts of empathy.

Emily Blunt seems like she's in every second movie these days, but none have exploited her earthy charms better than this film. And I can say without hesitation that I fell deeply and genuinely in love with Rosemarie DeWitt while watching Your Sister's Sister. The actress (who took over from Rachel Weisz at the last minute) projects unmitigated star quality here, and deserves A-list status based on this performance alone.

Most films strive for authenticity, but this film is simply dripping with it. I can't remember the last time fictional characters seemed so real to me.

All this plus the most awesomely awkward sex scene ever committed to film makes Your Sister's Sister an absolute must-see. Do yourself a favour and check it out.Hide


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BY amc32 superstar

i think i would have had a melt-down like Mark Duplass' character too if i had to deal with the bunch of prats he has to at the start of the movie.
but these sort of melodramas aren't really my thing, so only 3 stars despite the fine acting.


BY freshdude superstar

As Dominic Cory said so well this films drips authenticity.
A simple story but with three characters so rich, true and funny that they take you in and you can't help but feel for them, or at least I did.


BY TUBBS superstar

Juvenile script. Heaven knows what Emily Blunt is doing in this - taking a holiday from acting(?)


Take 3 amazing talented actors, one setting and what do you get?
One outstanding film.
The dynamic between each relationship is so interesting it will keep you captivated.
The story is simple but so well thought out there are twists and turns that had me surprised, which I loved!
Some wonderful acting by the whole cast, this film is defiantly a must see!
That's 4 stars from me :)


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  • A captivating examination of criss-crossing relationships permeated by incisive performances. Full Review

  • Duplass' feisty energy is matched by DeWitt's constant smarminess, while Blunt's shy, fragile behavior balances off the forceful personalities surrounding her. Full Review

  • The film's late swerves into melodrama and the neighboring region of farce feel panicky and pandering. The subtlety of the performances - Ms. DeWitt's in particular - is sacrificed for easy laughs, shallow tears and a coy trick ending. Just when it was starting to get interesting. Full Review

  • There is a looseness to the dialogue that suits the mood of the story-each character gets his or her own bombshell (or two) to digest and has to figure out how to cope with it. Full Review

  • Nothing about the movie is showy, except for Shelton's palpable love of good people making a mess of things. Barring some late-inning coyness, it's some of the truest, dinged-heart couples' circling of the year. Full Review

  • It's probably the best three-star movie this month. An effortless, emotional, funny little indie that few people will see. Be one of them. Full Review

  • After putting male insecurity under a comic microscope in "Humpday," writer-director Lynn Shelton hands the fairer sex a more prominent role in Your Sister's Sister, another winning study of relational boundaries crossed and sexual dares gone awry. Full Review

  • This may be slight and familiar, but it also delivers a sweet-natured, poignant look at the differences between the sexes. Full Review

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