Jodi Picoult's novel, about a youngster conceived to help cure her sister's leukemia, becomes a sincerely acted film with an especially fine performance by Abigail Breslin as the younger sibling. The girl develops second thoughts about her intended role, prompting her to hire a lawyer and pursue emancipation.
Sofia Vassilieva plays the ill sister and Cameron Diaz the girls' mother in director Nick Cassavetes' ("The Notebook") cast, which also includes Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack. DVD extras: deleted scenes; digital copy of the movie. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times