A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Educational ValueThe movie makes a case for telling the truth by showing how awful things can turn out after lying. Eventually, when the characters tell the truth with one another, they find a new understanding and empathy for each other.
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.
Violence & Scariness
Characters argue from time to time, but these arguments come from genuine emotional places and don't seem excessively violent or frightening.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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