The Other Sister Essay

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The Other Sister

The Other Sister, produced by Mario Iscovich and Alexandra Rose was a romantic comedy.
The characters staring in this film were Carla Tate (Juliet Lewis), who was a slightly
mentally challenged young woman. The overprotective mother Elizabeth, played by Diane
Keaton. Carla’s father was played by Tom Skerritt. Last, but certainly not least, there
was Daniel, who was Carla’s boyfriend (Giovanni Ribisis). Carla had spent years of her in
a special education program at a private boarding school. This was a very hard decision
for her parents to make. Her father was a drunk and did not know much of anything that
was going on. Elizabeth, her mother, was the one who had made the decision to go ahead
and send her daughter Carla off to boarding school. That night that Carla had gone to
boarding school was the last night that her father had a drink Elizabeth thought that
this would be the best thing for Carla, because there would be other children at this
school who were also mentally challenged.

Carla had returned home after several years with a lot of goals that she had set for
herself. The most important thing to Carla was her need for personal fulfillment begins
to express itself in ways her mother is unable to accept. When Carla fall in love for the
first time with a boy from school by the name of Daniel, she wants to prove to her mother
that just because she may appear to be different on the outside she still has the ability
to be a responsible adult, worthy of loving and being loved. Carla was going to take a
journey and discover herself. Carla and her boyfriend Daniel do this together and find
some of the tough answers to life’s challenges which the two of them come across together,
and to be able to prove that sometimes a plain life can be something so amazing if there
is someone that you care about helping you through it.

The Tate’s family life was nothing that was original. For one thing, the father was a
drunk and the mother was very overprotective of her daughter Carla. There was her oldest
sister who was engaged to be married and she lived a pretty normal life. Then, going down
the line there was the second daughter who was a lesbian. This daughter had a girlfriend
who she had been with for a couple of years now. Elizabeth never wanted to meet her
daughter’s girlfriend. I personally think that she was just uncomfortable with the
situation. Whenever there was a family event her girlfriend was never invited and
Elizabeth never wanted to talk about her. Then, there was Carla who was mentally
challenged. Elizabeth never thought that Carla was capable of doing anything on her own.

When Carla had gotten back from boarding school and went to a public school she had met
this boy by the name of Daniel. He also happened to be a mentally challenged boy just
like Carla was. They became good friends and started to hang out after school. Daniel
brought Carla to where he worked at the school and she went to visit him at his other work
at the bakery.

Halloween was coming up and Daniel had asked Carla if she wanted to go to this dance with
him at school. Carla asked her mother if it would be okay if she would go to the dance
with Daniel. The night had finally come and the doorbell rang. It was Daniel. Elizabeth
kept on saying that this “boy” was going to take advantage of Carla and why would someone
want to go with her. Daniel was all dressed up for Halloween. He was a

dog. Elizabeth asked him if he had a face, because he was wearing a costume that had a
mask. He took off his mask and said hello to Carla’s mother. Once Elizabeth saw that
Daniel was also mentally challenged she was okay with the fact that Carla liked this boy
and he was taking her out.

A couple days later it was Carla’s birthday and she was talking about how all of these
kids at school had there own places. She thought that it would be a great idea if she got
her own place. Her sisters thought that it would be a great idea and of course, Carla’s
overprotective mother said, “No way.” Elizabeth’s reason for her answer was that she
thought Carla could not take care of herself. Elizabeth was thinking, what if she left
the door unlocked or the oven on. In her mother’s eyes it just was not a good idea.
Carla was saying that she was going to take out the garbage and do other things that were
responsible. Things that she would do if she had her own apartment. That night at
dinner, Carla’s mother decided that she could get her own place. So, they watched some
video tapes on different apartments. Finally, Elizabeth saw an apartment that she loved
and would be great for Carla. A couple of weeks later Carla moved into her very own

This just shows how Carla’s mother thinks that just because she is mentally challenged
that she can not do things for herself. Carla proved her mother wrong. She showed her
that she was able to take on responsibilities. Just because Carla is different does not
mean that she should be looked at differently. This movie relates to the book Freakshows
that was to be read for class. I think this because all of the “freaks” were looked at
differently because of the way that they looked or acted. I disagree with that a
tremendous amount. I have a cousin that is mentally challenged and handicap. No one
looks at her or treats her differently.

It was time for Carla’s sister’s wedding and Daniel and Carla had broken up. The second
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