Only by chance I came across this movie and I basically bought because I like Diane Keaton. The "Other Sister" is about a handicaped girl/woman who fights and gains her independent life. An overprotecting family, especially mother (Diane Keaton) tries to shelter her from all the "downs" of life because of her being handicaped. But she wants to lead her own life and she can do it. It might be in certain ways different from non-handicaped peoples life. But a difference is just a difference and not necessarily something "bad". So she dicovers the joy of her first apartment, the joy of living alone, the joy of love, the emotions of dispair... just all what a human beings life brings. This movies makes you aware that so much is special in our lives and should not be forgotten in the day-to-day routine. It is a sutle lesson how to deal with handicaped people as parents, as family and as strangers. One can sympazise with the fears of the mother for her daughter and admires how she comes around. Above all it is about a lession for us all: Whatever you want to achieve in life, try to do it - handicaped or not! and never forget to count your blessings instead of mourning your so-called losses. As this sounds heavy, this movie is NOT heavy at all. It is not "a teaching movie", but it has a message. It is very funny (you will laugh a lot), it is very touching and sometimes very emotional (you might want to cry as well). One can rely to so many situations in one' s own life. The actors: just superb!!! It is a great joy having seeing this movie!!