The Other Sister

Synopsis: When Carla Tate, now a young woman, is 'graduated' out of the training school where she has resided for many years because she is mentally challenged, her hope is that she will be accepted for all that she can now do for herself. But Carla's family is wealthy which permits her mother, already blinded to her daughter's rather high-functioning abilities, to try and provide for Carla beyond her needs or desires, bringing forth the inevitable confrontations... for what Carla may lack in mental ability she certainly makes up for in her insistence on being independent, even to living in her own apartment. But if this isn't enough, into the mix comes a young man, equally challenged mentally, who moves Carla beyond anyone's control...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Garry Marshall
Production: Buena Vista
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

Bye, Carla.

Thomas Porter, get off of that.

Ah, good morning. Jason,

thank you for calling the auto club.

Good morning, Dr Tate.

How are you?

- Dr Johnson.

- Carla's ready to go.

She's just saying goodbye

to all her friends. Very popular girl.

Very popular. Louise?

Carla? Carla, your father's here.


Ohh, Carla, come on.

You know, we talked about this.

Now, you're ready to go home.

Right? You're ready to go home now.

She'll be fine. She'll be okay.

You're ready. You can do it.

We're all so glad

you're comin'home, pumpkin.

Heather flew in from New York,

and Caroline came from school.

And Mom...

Boy, she's just so excited.

She just keeps saying,

"You get my Carla back here fast. "

Try these. I'm sorry the headset hurt

your ears, but they don't come in sizes.

- How much longer before we land?

- We're ahead of schedule.

We should be landing

in about 15 minutes.

- Thank you.

- Teeth okay?

Yes, they're okay.

Honey, I'd like the girls to come with me

to the Palace of Fine Arts this weekend...

because there's

this special exhibition...

Uh-uh, Carla. Oh, Carla, dear.

Can you please try to eat it with your

fork, and that would be very... Carla.

With your fork. No, no, dear.

I said with the fork,

not with the knife, dear.

All right. No, no.

No more cake. No. No.

- Excuse me.

- Carla?

No, no, what is the matter?

Oh, my gosh. Oh, Car...

- Carla, you're... Radley. Radley.

- No! No! It's my cake!

Please, come on. You're supposed

to handle... Please, Radley. Radley.

- Leave me alone!

- Carla. Carla.

- What the hell do they know?

- They are experts, and she has all the symptoms.

- She has an I. Q bordering on 2nd grade.

- I know about...

- I know a few things about experts.

- She has... She has significant social adjustment problems.

- And now her school... - I'm sorry.

Where's my drink? - What's the matter? What?

Oh, your drink.

It's right there.

And now this school, her regular

school won't even take her back.

- What about that, Radley?

- Ah, I need another drink.

Forget the drink, Radley!

Now listen to me. We need

to talk about Carla. Do you understand?

- She is beautiful! - We have

got to! - Have you looked at her?

- She is gorgeous.

- She nearly burned the house down with the other two girls in it.

- Radley, we can't do this.

- That... That was an accident.

- You know that was an accident.

- It was not. We can't keep saying things like that.

We can't keep saying, "Carla is

a slow learner. Carla will blossom. "

Because those are lies.

Now, Radley, we have to do something.

We have to make a decision. This is

a special school in Santa Barbara.

- All right, back up just... The school...

- It is for the mentally challenged.

- Right there. - Yes, what? - Now, they don't allow

adults and the parents to go visit them. They...

They have limited... limited visitation,

and let me tell you something, Radley.

- If it doesn't work out, she doesn't have to be there.

- I don't...

- I don't want her to be retarded.

- Of course you don't.

Of course you don't.

I understand completely.

We have to send her there, Radley.

We don't have a choice. All right?

- Sign it.

- How are you two doing here? Can I get you anything?

Can I get you anything?

Uh, no, I've got water,

and, uh... Ah.

We ordered

a vegetarian worm. No?

- I'll see if I can find one in coach.

- I would appreciate that.

I'd like to be the first to welcome you

to San Francisco International Airport.

It's currently 54 degrees

in the Bay Area...

and a beautiful, clear day.

Thank you for choosing

to fly with us.

She's here! She's home. Mrs Tate!

Come on.

All right. Okay.

Heather! Hang up!

She's home!

That call was important...

and you yelling in the background

is not exactly good for business.

- I'm sorry.

- Here we are.

Ladies and gentlemen,

the homecoming queen, Carla Tate.

We're all waiting for you.

Come on, honey.

Bring Tickles. Come on.

Oh. Ohh, hello, Carla.

- Welcome home. G... Hello. Hello.

- Here. I'll take this.

Uh, would you like

some help with that, sir?

- Hi, Carla! Welcome home.

- Oh, Carla, it's so good to have you home.

- Thanks. Say hello to Carla.

- We missed you, Carla.

- Who's that?

- Uh... Oh, well, um...

This is Jeff Reed.

And, actually, Carla, I have

kind of a surprise for you because...

we're engaged to be married.

Ooh, yea!

Well, let me take your coat,

dear. All right?

- No!

- Oh. You sure? You don't want...

All right, fine. Just...

Dr Johnson said

that it would be nice...

if I got everybody presents.

- Oh!

- And I thought so too.

Well, thank you, Carla.

- It's, uh... It's necklaces.

- Oh!

- And they're beautiful.

- Carla!

- Say cheese!

- Winnie!

- Welcome home! - I missed

you! - It's so good to see you!


We were thinking that maybe

we would just like to elope, you know?

- That's very funny, but not hysterical. All right?

- Okay!

We're gonna have

a big wedding ceremony at the church.

- And the wedding...

- I know. We're gonna have the wedding reception at the club.

- You remember the club, don't you, Carla dear?

- Yeah!

You know what. You could just put this in your

lap. That's good. That's very nice that way.

You look very grown up. So I hear you

and Jeff settled on a honeymoon spot.

Did you two do it yet?

- No. Caroline.

- She's gonna spit it out. I can see it.

Sex is something that we talk

about in private, I think. Am I right?

No, but my teacher

at the school says...

that two people do it

when they're in love.

Well, I'm sorry, but I'm sure she meant that you

do it after, you know, you're married or something.


And then you don't talk about it

ever again in your whole life.

- Winnie.

- A special dessert for Carla.

- Oh, boy.

- Please.

- That's nice.

- So a doctorate, Jeff? That is so refreshing.

So what is your doctorate

dissertation gonna be on?

Um, multi-tiered financing

of petrol chemical surveys...

in an uncertain

political terrain.

Finding the big bucks in tiny

little countries whose names you can't pronounce.


I mean, it's so good to hear someone's

actually using their college education.

Come on. You know, I'm not teaching second

grade because I happen to like children.

You know, I think that

they're the hope of the world.

Of course they're the hope of the world,

but, really, isn't it just as noble...

to be a college professor

and earn four times the money?

- Mother!

- You know what. Daddy, will you make a toast right now?

I'd gladly make a toast, yeah.

To the Tate family and its good...

- I want to go to school also.

- That's great.

Well, dear, you just completed school. And, in fact, I

think they gave you a certificate of completion, didn't they?

I am gonna be

a veterinarian's assistant.

- Wow!

- And, but to do that, I need a high school diploma.

I think the best thing for right now would

be just to have a nice, big, long vacation...

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Garry Marshall

Garry Kent Marshall (November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016) was an American film director, film producer, screenwriter and actor, best known for creating Happy Days and its various spin-offs, developing Neil Simon's 1965 play The Odd Couple for television, and directing Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Mother's Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. more…

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