Your Sister's Sister

  • Review Date: June 12, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Smart, mature romantic dramedy has adult situations, sex.
  • Review Date: June 12, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 90 minutes





What parents need to know

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

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.

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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.

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.

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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, but 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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 15, 2012
DVD release date:November 6, 2012
Cast:Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt
Director:Lynn Shelton
Studio:IFC Entertainment
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language and some sexual content

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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 decision to dock a star, I can't discuss them because it would be too spoiler-y! While some may have beef with those points, this movie is JUST SO AUTHENTIC! It's the little things that add together and make you sigh with happiness, especially the remarkable chemistry between this trio. The movie lives or dies on their spark, and the result is Washington DC fireworks. I can't tell which pairing I like better, Dewitt and Duplass' drunken exchange or Dewitt and Blunt's pillow talk, Blunt telling the former her deep secret like they were girls. You don't need to know their backstory, all you need is how they react to one another, how they develop and change due to the circumstances the movie presents. There is a shocking amount of high drama you will be surprised at. Additionally, there even a few scenes that had me laughing good, and for a little indie dramedy that's great. It just felt so personal, so genuine and heartwarming I couldn't help but fall in love with it, especially Blunt who I related to the most, and I hope it being on streaming ups its audience!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 situations that involved doing irrecoverable damage while drinking irresponsibly.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byNukeNerd June 30, 2012

It is Ok

This movie was mature,a bit of over used language but it isok for the ages of 13 or older.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing


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