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      The Sisters

      2005, Drama, 1h 53m

      28 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Shallow, dull, and ineffectively updated for modern audiences, The Sisters takes Chekhov's classic source material and renders it dramatically inert. Read critic reviews

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      A birthday celebration transforms into a vicious verbal sparring match involving an elitist university chancellor (Mary Stuart Masterson), her siblings (Maria Bello, Erika Christensen) and their assorted guests (Tony Goldwyn, Eric McCormack, Chris O'Donnell).

      • Rating: R (Language|Some Sexual Content)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman

      • Producer: Matthew Rhodes, Judd Payne

      • Writer: Richard Alfieri

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Production Co: Persistent Entertainment

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      • Nov 27, 2011

        Inspired by (I'm loathe to say "based on") Chekhov's play <I>Three Sisters</i>, a family struggles with drug addiction, sexual abuse, and infidelity. Oh, Maria Bello. I first saw you in <i>A History of Violence</i>, and since then I've never forgotten you. You are one of this generation's finest actors, and every time I see you, you surprise me. So, why do you keep doing such shitty movies? I liked the fact that this film's dialogue is intelligently written; these characters sound like intellectuals arguing, using polysyllabic words like razors. But the story, which in the source material is beautifully understated, got twisted into an oppressive melodrama, and when each new element of modern salacious psychological damage is added, the film becomes a parade of <i>Jerry Springer</I> family neuroses and loses its heart as a character drama that is essentially about people trying to figure out how to love each other in spite of each other. I agree with Roger Ebert who stated that the same cast would have been perfect in the Chekhov play, but what director Arthur Allen Seidelman did to the Russian master's work should be as criminal as what happened to Nathanial Hawthorne's <i>Scarlett Letter.</i> Overall, Maria Bello is always worth watching, but if you've never seen Chekhov, then don't think this is what he's about - all the more reason to go to the real theater.

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      • Mar 09, 2009

        this adaptation of chekov's play is a stylized, yet pretentious, psycological drama of another family putting the fun in dysfunction. strong performance by maria bello pulls the additional half star rating.

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      • Feb 05, 2008

        although the comments and reviews i've seen on this one are not favorable, this movie made an impression on me. It has many plots, and very interesting and original screenplay about the life of 3 sisters and their brother and the rest of the family and entourage, with lots of secrets and things that have been hidden for soo long and just begging to be revealed. A clever film with plenty of intriguing argueings and fights and envy and so many others. Not particularly a fan of this genre so i guess that's why i rated it like this, probably deserves more or less, i honestly don't know what think. It's a good movie anyway!

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      • Aug 19, 2007

        Good cast and fine acting but so full of bitterness and hate it's impossible to like.

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