Your Sister's Sister

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Smart, mature romantic dramedy has adult situations, sex.
  • R
  • 2012
  • 90 minutes

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age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Your Sister's Sister makes a case for telling the truth by showing how awful things can turn out after lying. Eventually, when the characters finally tell the truth, they find a new understanding and empathy for one another.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These characters are ordinary people who try to do the right thing but sometimes fail in their efforts -- while trying to protect one another's feelings. Their flaws make them more interesting, but although they're realistic, they're not necessarily people you'd want to emulate.


Characters argue from time to time, but these arguments come from genuine emotional places and don't seem excessively violent or frightening.


A man and a woman have sex after a night of drinking. There's no graphic nudity, but the sex act is shown from beginning to end; safe sex is practiced. Also heavy sex talk throughout, as well as some sexual situations.


Characters use strong language frequently but not constantly. Words include "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "piss," "bush," "d--k," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two adult characters drink tequila excessively in an early scene, which leads to a night of sex and several awkward situations. Some mild social drinking throughout the rest of the movie.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Your Sister's Sister is an independently produced romantic dramedy with smart characters, rich situations, and a lot of mature material, starting with sexual situations. A sex scene between a straight main and a lesbian woman is shown from beginning to end; there's no graphic nudity, but the scene has a big impact on the rest of the story, and other sex talk and sexual situations follow. Language is also strong, with liberal use of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. A scene of excessive drinking contributes to the plot, and there's additional social drinking. Characters argue, but otherwise violence isn't an issue. This is a grown-up movie, but mature teens may enjoy it.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 December 17, 2014

Mature and sensitive look at life, love and the little moments

I was completely startled by this film, a completely underrated indie gem that flew way too under the radar. While I do have a few flaws that build up to my dec... Continue reading
Parent Written byAspi January 28, 2013

Drama with adult situations

This is drama about friendship, family, making mistakes and how to recover from them. I'm primarily marking it for much older kids because of the situation... Continue reading

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What's the story?

On the one-year anniversary of his brother's death, Jack (Mark Duplass), is distraught and makes a scene at a party. His best friend, Iris (Emily Blunt), offers to let him stay in her family's cabin to relax and reflect. When he arrives, he discovers that Iris' lesbian sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), who has just ended a long-term relationship, is already staying there. After a night of drinking and talking, the two tumble into bed together. This causes many awkward moments and uncomfortable situations when Iris unexpectedly shows up the next day. Can these relationships survive the secrets that will eventually come out?

Is it any good?

Lynn Shelton's previous movie, Humpday, relied too heavily on an artificial situation; the story of YOUR SISTER'S SISTER springs more naturally out of the characters and their needs and desires. Shelton creates a small, safe universe in which the characters have room to breathe. Their behavior -- a mixture of scripted action and improvisation -- springs from a natural place, and while that can be uncomfortable as well as funny, it never rings false.

Shelton is also to be commended for making a film with so few characters and making it feel cinematic and open, rather than constricted, like a play. The characters achieve a balance, but the spaces around them are also part of the balance (the cabin, woods, and water provide a peaceful tone). It almost goes without saying that the actors excel and that the movie runs the gamut of emotions: funny, sad, tense, and romantic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Your Sister's Sister drinking scene. Why are the characters drinking so much? Do they regret it? Are the consequences of their choices realistic?

  • Are any of these characters role models? What do they do that's admirable, and what do they do that's not so admirable?

  • Why would Jack agree to have sex with Hannah when he didn't love her? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love romance

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