Your Sister's Sister (2012)

Your Sister's Sister
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Sex scene, sexual references and frequent coarse language

Director: Lynn Shelton
Actors: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mike Birbiglia

Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 90mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
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Run Time: 90mins
File Size (Approx): 0.8 GB
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by Simon Miraudo,

With just a handful of credits to her name, Lynn Shelton has rocketed to the top of my list of the finest working filmmakers. Like Weezer, she could release an avalanche of soul-crushing mediocrity over the next few decades, and I would nonetheless return based solely on the brilliance of her early work. Shelton's last effort, Humpday, was the funniest picture of 2009, and it became the pinnacle of a movement lovingly and derisively referred to as mumblecore. Her latest, Your Sister's Sister, similarly concerns an unconventional love-story between three people, and it's similarly hilarious. The film is also rather gorgeous to behold. Not only does it solidify her standing ahead of her contemporaries, it gives good cause to take the mumblecore moniker back to Austin and beat it do death wit...

With just a handful of credits to her name, Lynn Shelton has rocketed to the top of my list of the finest working filmmakers. Like Weezer, she could release an avalanche of soul-crushing mediocrity over the next few decades, and I would nonetheless return based solely on the brilliance of her early work. Shelton's last effort, Humpday, was the funniest picture of 2009, and it became the pinnacle of a movement lovingly and derisively referred to as mumblecore. Her latest, Your Sister's Sister, similarly concerns an unconventional love-story between three people, and it's similarly hilarious. The film is also rather gorgeous to behold. Not only does it solidify her standing ahead of her contemporaries, it gives good cause to take the mumblecore moniker back to Austin and beat it do death with an issue of McSweeneys. Mumblecore implies that this is the work of an amateur; Your Sister's Sister could only succeed with the sure-hand of consummate professionals.

Shelton's Humpday star Mark Duplass returns here. He and his brother Jay are perhaps the only directors that come close to matching her easy, warm, and unconventional charm. But Mark Duplass is even better in front of the camera than he is behind it; I fail to think of another actor currently making the rounds in romantic comedies who is more innately watchable or as naturally amusing. He plays Jack, the grieving brother of the late Tom. A year has passed since Tom died, and Jack has been unable to pick up the pieces of his life. His best friend (and Tom's ex) Iris (Emily Blunt) offers him an opportunity to clear his head: he is to grab his camping gear, catch a ferry to her family's cabin on a remote island, and unwind in solitude. Jack takes her up on the offer, but he discovers Iris' lesbian sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) is using the cabin to decompress following the dissolution of her seven-year relationship. Instead of going their separate ways, they agree to be drinking buddies, and the two lonely-hearts wind up in bed. The next morning, Iris turns up with the intention of pledging her love to Jack, and the three dance around one another awkwardly until the sexual revelation (and some others) inevitably come tumbling out.

Humpday concerned the bond between two pals who bring out the worst of their masculine competitiveness in each other. Their inability to back down from a dare almost leads the straight gents to shoot a porno together on a dare. If that movie is about brotherhood, Your Sister's Sister is about, well, do I actually need to say it? Not just the sisterhood between Iris and Hannah, but also between Iris and Jack; their friendship has reached a level of closeness that makes the prospect of them revealing their true feelings risky and a little bit weird. Blunt and Duplass play off one another expertly, with DeWitt getting a rare opportunity to act as the wildcard who holds all the secrets yet remains totally cavalier.

I was worried for a while that Hannah was getting the short end of the stick; that she was a sexually-flexible obstacle thrown into proceedings to keep Jack and Iris apart. But her arc ends up as fleshed out as the others, and this ultimately morphs into a genuine three-way romance (not in that way). Shelton once again manipulates gender politics in an interesting, understated way that feels fresh even when she's toying with traditional rom-com tropes. The cast are equally responsible for translating the intricacies and nuances of their characters' relationships (they are all credited as 'creative consultants' on account of the improvised language). Your Sister's Sister is a very sweet, very human feature that is also very, very funny. Much hay is made out of Mark Duplass' reaction shots, and that's just fine by me.

4.5/5

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Member Reviews (34)

Anne
says
Watched this movie for less than 10 minutes really dull and boring . Terrible movie doesn't even deserve 1 star rating
Posted Tuesday, 20 May 2014 See my other reviews
Alex
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What a lucky man to be with two such gorgeous sisters in this peaceful place. Great, natural acting. Very enjoyable!!
Posted Wednesday, 26 February 2014 See my other reviews
Miss Melis
says
So slow and dull. Watched half and gave up
Posted Friday, 7 February 2014 See my other reviews
gerd
says
A delightful study of flawed, believable relationships. Nothing is perfect and things happen that are later regretted, but there's a way to muddle through, and that's life. Great ending, befitting the story.
Posted Wednesday, 15 January 2014 See my other reviews
CL-D
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A tight, realistic, believable and well made movie. Not a whiff off crapola here and a few good laughs. A lot of viewers found this boring but I loved the situation comedy style of way the story grew and grew and the tension in the air as it worked it's way to the inevitable climax. The acting, script and direction was spot on and I find it hard to see why some called it rubbish. The characters were interesting and intelligent . You can say you don't like it but to simply call it rubbish without quantifying that throw away remark is rubbish.
Posted Thursday, 12 December 2013 See my other reviews
Wally
says
Just other Rubbish not worth watching
Posted Tuesday, 5 November 2013 See my other reviews
Kathy
says
l did not find this movie realy worth watching
Posted Friday, 18 October 2013 See my other reviews
Harlowe
says
A lot of this movie did seem improvised. If you hang in there it does get better, but it takes til about half way. The male lead was totally annoying. Come to think of it - so were the two women!
Posted Monday, 7 October 2013 See my other reviews
Faye
says
As per the other one star reviews. Had to turn it off after the first 20 mins or so, couldn't get into it. There is slow and there is BORING! This one was both...
Posted Saturday, 5 October 2013 See my other reviews
Found it to be a boring movie
Posted Wednesday, 2 October 2013 See my other reviews
Noleen
says
Terrible ending
Posted Wednesday, 18 September 2013 See my other reviews
Being an Ms Emily Blunt fan, truly sorry she worked on this film. It was so lacking in anything and everything, that I cleaned the house, made awesome pancakes for breakfast and was still bored while watching it. I love movies, but could find nothing to love in this film. Oh, take that back - the scenery was spectacularly beautiful. (p.s. her sister's pancakes were rubbish and only fit for the bin, unlike my own plated with wild hibiscus flowers in syrup, fresh lemons and maple syrup). Suggestion: Make pancakes with a friend if setting out to watch this film).
Posted Wednesday, 4 September 2013 See my other reviews
Purplesue
says
Dreadful!!! Other then the DVD kept stopping all the time, the whole thing was just a ridiculous story. I love Emily Blunt but am afraid she let me down being in this drivel. The one star I gave it is only for the scenery, which when it was shown, was absolutely beautiful.
Posted Sunday, 11 August 2013 See my other reviews
Mia
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You've gotta give a movie more than 20 mins. If you watch only 20 mins then you have no right to make a comment on it.
Posted Monday, 5 August 2013 See my other reviews
Lucy C.
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At least it was better than "Humpday".
Posted Saturday, 3 August 2013 See my other reviews
I love Emily Blunt! This was still not what I was expecting. There are certainly some great shots and the locations used are fantastic, the plot line was a little questionable. I felt it was okay but lacking as it could have been so much better
Posted Friday, 17 May 2013 See my other reviews
This movie was much more interesting than it may seem by just reading the description.
Posted Tuesday, 7 May 2013 See my other reviews
Robbie
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Poor old Emily Blunt must have had some bills to pay. I can't see what else would have made her take on this little bit of dreary dullness.
Posted Tuesday, 30 April 2013 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Very dramatic and very slow movie - and then when you finally get to the punch line the film finishes - wasnt my favourite and was annoyed that there was no real ending.
Posted Monday, 22 April 2013 See my other reviews
Absolute rubbish....dont bother...how could Emily Blunt keep starring in such duds...still, after Prada and Young Victoria it must be hard to maintain the level of good scripts/parts
Posted Tuesday, 9 April 2013 See my other reviews
JC
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This was a surprise. Unlike some of the others who have left reviews, I did watch the whole movie and it's not bad. Yes, it was slow, yes the characters were difficult to like (bored, spoilt, self absorbed brats) but in the end I felt they showed remarkable understanding, putting their relationships first and apparently finally growing out of that 30 something teenage stage. The scenery of the island was lovely and the house was interesting. Yes, it's all conversation and very little action, and some of the conversations a little boring and childish, but that is what the lives of these people are like. I'd recommend persisting with this movie - and the final scene is very good.
Posted Monday, 25 March 2013 See my other reviews
Same as everyone else, turned off after a short time pointless show
Posted Wednesday, 20 March 2013 See my other reviews
Ron
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I'm with the majority here on this one. My wife picked this one because it had Emily Blunt in it (she picked Charlie Wilsons War for the same reason). I didn't know anything about it, hadn't read any of these previews, but just like most others here, we turned it off after probably 20 minutes. Too much F word, the drinking scene with Jack & Hannah was going in a predictable direction, & we'd had enough. We patiently & optimistically sat through Junebug recently; we weren't gonna do that again for this one. Lesson: Picking every movie that Amy Adams or Emily Blunt have been in is not always a good idea.
Posted Thursday, 28 February 2013 See my other reviews
ok, but a bit boring..
Posted Wednesday, 27 February 2013 See my other reviews
Jane chapman
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Utterly pointless movie , not many redeeming features at all
Posted Friday, 22 February 2013 See my other reviews
Kazza
says
OK, lots of swearing, Jack especially, Iris & Hannah, well it they didn't play their role as good as they did, I would have never watched to the end, but the ending I expected maybe 5mins more just to let us know that all turned out well, that Jack & Iris get engaged and Hannah has the baby and they all have roles, say i.e. Jack & Iris are Mum & Dad to bubs and Hannah is like the " Nanny" .but maybe the ending was left like that for us to work out how we would've liked to see it end.
Posted Monday, 11 February 2013 See my other reviews
terrible movie and ever more terrible ending to it
Posted Sunday, 10 February 2013 See my other reviews
Didnt like it at all, too much F....words, very slow gave up after the first 20 mins.
Posted Wednesday, 6 February 2013 See my other reviews
I disagree with the negative reviews here. I was almost expecting to hate this film because of them. Firstly, the opening scene might seem like it's dragging on a tad (a bunch of people in a room commemorating someone who died a year ago), however don't turn off after 20 minute's. I thought the performances between the three main characters, Jack, Iris and Hannah were brilliant. The stand-out actor for me was Mark Duplass (Jack). Flawless... though all of them were! I was reading another review about this film that suggested the dialogue was partly improvised and I believe it because the performances were incredibly honest and natural. Beautiful scenery, yes, but if you don't like films that are driven by dialogue, then you might get bored. Though there are some funny moments that made me laugh, there's a bike scene and also an organic pancake scene to name a couple. I liked Jack and I liked Iris... And I even forgave Hannah for her flaws. This is an independent film, so don't expect the template Hollywood formula.. but it won me over and I even shed a tear. No regrets.
Posted Sunday, 27 January 2013 See my other reviews
Les
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very hard to understand and interpret speech, too much unnecessary swearing, watched only about 20mins
Posted Tuesday, 22 January 2013 See my other reviews
this movie is not really worth watching.....
Posted Monday, 21 January 2013 See my other reviews
Enjoyable although predictable - Emily Blunt may be in danger of over exposure though as she is practically in everything these days!!
Posted Monday, 21 January 2013 See my other reviews
What a stinker! Yet another movie about a bunch of selfish, self-absorbed, superficial 30-something Americans behaving like teenagers - no, not even that - just behaving unlikeably. Scenery is pretty, but the 3 main characters are total stereotypes and it's just not possible to care about the characters, especially Jack. Clearly, in America, the cure for trauma and depression is alcohol and soliloquising, and gosh, a good ol' group hug - and it's a rapid cure at that. Emily Blunt should have passed on this one. Don't bother. You'll never get that 90 minutes back.
Posted Thursday, 17 January 2013 See my other reviews
I have requested this movie long ago and I am still waiting
Posted Saturday, 12 January 2013 See my other reviews
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