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Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 1 May 2005
A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.

Director:

Anjelica Huston

Writers:

Rachel Simon (book), Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosie O'Donnell ... Beth Simon
Andie MacDowell ... Rachel Simon
Richard T. Jones ... Jesse
D.W. Moffett ... Rick
Roberta Maxwell ... Valerie
Peter Cockett Peter Cockett ... Sam
Tom Barnett ... Bobby
Jayne Eastwood ... Estella
Stephanie Morgenstern ... Olivia
Allegra Fulton ... Vera
Boyd Banks ... Henry
Shauna MacDonald ... Nona
Simon Reynolds ... Morris
Vijay Mehta ... Pradlip
Diane Bald Diane Bald ... Art Dealer
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Storyline

A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Riding the Bus with My Sister (#54.3) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the original novel "Riding the Bus with my Sister" by Rachel Simon. See more »

Goofs

When Beth and Rachel are grocery shopping, there are cans of soda in the shopping cart. Cut to the next scene when Rachel puts groceries into her trunk, there were no soda cans in the cart and none were put in the trunk before Rachel shut it and got into the car. See more »

Quotes

Beth Simon: Hey Rachael, I put 7 red fishies inside of this can, do you think they can swim in cola? I sure hope so I would hate to drown them.
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Connections

Featured in Gilmore Girls: Always a Godmother, Never a God (2005) See more »

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Wow..... I mean really.... wow.
3 May 2005 | by bobfingermanSee all my reviews

Watching "Riding the Bus with My Sister" was a life-changing experience for me. Before it started I was a dyed-in-the-wool hardcore atheist, but now, having watched it, I believe Satan is real. There's simply no other explanation for the existence of this cinematic turd. Everyone involved should be deeply ashamed. It made me feel sorry for actors in general, because who else would be desperate and needy enough to be seen publicly humiliating themselves like this? People do some strange things for money, but being in this outdoes any stunt Fear Factor challenged its contestants with. "Go on, we dare you to be in a Hallmark TV movie with Rosie O'Donnell playing a retard." "Uh, no thanks." Anjelica Huston proves directorial talent isn't necessarily hereditary, but honestly what could she do with this material (other than the smart thing, which would have been run like hell in the opposite direction)? Rosie O'Donnell is horrible as a rule, but in "Riding the Bus with My Sister" she is the face that launched a thousand nightmares. I am afraid to go to sleep tonight. During one of the many sappy Hallmark commercials peppered throughout the broadcast, a woman visits her newly independent Downs syndrome brother. He has a quiet dignity and speaks well. Rosie O'Donnell, on the other hand, plays an obnoxious braying freak. But she's not alone. It was an interesting choice to include nary a sympathetic or even mildly likable character. Maybe Richard T. Jones's Jesse, but only because I like that actor and felt bad he was in this. Really bad.

And I never thought I'd write these words, but there's actually something worse than the output of Nicholas Sparks. The writing, the acting, the everything is horrendous. A+ for homogeneity, I suppose.

Like many of the other posters here I tuned in for "the wrong reasons." I did not want my heart warmed (thought heartburn was resultant); I wanted laughs. I did get them, but the pain became almost unbearable midway through. Like a marathon of masochism, my wife and I made it all the way to the bitter, completely devoid of revelation end—a true endurance test that left us questioning our sanity. We clearly lack good sense.

And actually, it sort of deserves two ratings: 1 out of 10 in terms of genuine merit, but 10 out of 10 on the "so bad it'll blow your mind" scale.

Can we start taking up a collection to jettison Rosie into space? Please? Side note: 3 cast members of the remake of "Dawn of the Dead" were in this. Go Canada!

Additional side note: having just attended the Diane Arbus retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I wonder if the decision to make Andie MacDowell's character a photographer who gets a solo show featuring shots of her retarded sister was a misguided homage to Arbus and her "Untitled" series of photos of retarded women. Nah, I'm giving credit where credit isn't due.


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