Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1999. Absolute Entertainment, Cockamamie, Heckerling-Caplan, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Dick Christie. Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain. Produced by William J. MacDonald. Music by Trevor Jones. Production Design by Sharon Seymour. Costume Design by Carol Oditz. Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.
Elisabeth Shue‘s touching performance is the best reason to watch this average melodrama about a brother coming to grips with his sister’s limitations. Aaron Eckhart is the estranged brother who once a year visits his mentally challenged sister (Shue) in her hospital until the day comes when funding runs out for the centre and he is forced to take her into his home. He learns a whole new level of care for someone with the mind of a child until breakthrough surgery allows her to access new parts of her brain that were never available to her before, turning her into a genius of a fully-grown and capable woman. Unfortunately, the effects do not last and she is heartbroken to find out that she soon must return to her previous state. He is much more upset, fighting for her to stay the way he now knows her to be, making him face the plain issue that he only ever really loved and accepted his sister when she was more like him and not who she was obviously meant to be. Much last-minute cutting was done to this one before its straight-to-video release, and it seems that the heart and soul of the movie went with it, because all that really remains is a lovingly acted but pretty routine retread of At First Sight.