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Decoding Annie Parker
Director: Steven Bernstein
Writers: Adam Bernstein, Steven Bernstein, Michael Moss
Stars: Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff
In Theaters: May 2, 2014 Limited
On Disc/Streaming: Sep 30, 2014
Rating: R
Running Time: 1h 31m
Genre: Drama


Decoding Annie Parker - Trailer 1

Samantha Morton as Annie Parker
Helen Hunt as Dr. Mary-Claire King
Aaron Paul as Paul
Alice Eve as Louise
Maggie Grace as Sarah
Rashida Jones as Kim
Marley Shelton as Joan
Corey Stoll as Sean
Richard Schiff as Allen
Bradley Whitford as Marshall


Decoding Annie Parker-A movie about the discovery of the BRCA1 gene


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Filmanthropy is designed to foster a mutually beneficial partnership between a film and a charitable organization to support their mutual interests.

We are proud to partner with corporate sponsors and cancer organizations around the world as we launch our feature film, Decoding Annie Parker.

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Based on true events, Decoding Annie Parker tells the life affirming story of two remarkable women; the irrepressible Annie Parker, a three time cancer survivor and the geneticist Mary-Claire King whose discovery of the breast cancer BRCA gene mutation is considered one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century.

In the film, we meet the 11-year-old Annie Parker, living the perfect young life, loved by her mother, father and older sister. But something horrible is stalking this family.

On a fall afternoon in 1976, young Annie hears a noise from upstairs and an agonizing downward spiral begins.

Meanwhile, far away, a brilliant research scientist named Mary-Claire King, against the advice of virtually everyone who knew her, is embarking on a journey that would end in a discovery of such significance that it would be considered one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century and touch millions of lives—including that of Annie Parker.

By the age of 19, Annie Parker had lost both her mother and her father and was already pregnant and married to Paul. While immature and barely a man himself, Paul was the source of her joy just as her older sister was her spirit guide. Her sister soon falls victim to the same evil that killed their mother; she too died, leaving Annie virtually alone.

However, Annie Parker’s challenges had hardly begun.

She was then diagnosed with the same disease that killed her mother and sister- breast cancer – and her world begins to spin out of control affecting not only her body, but also her relationship with her husband, her child and her friends.

She loses everything a person can lose, but remarkably Annie continues her fight. As each tragedy befalls her, something remarkable happens. She grows stronger and, well… funnier. She becomes a life force unto herself, determined to survive it all believing, simply, that she can will herself to live.

As Anne battles cancer, the relentless unwavering Mary-Claire King is battling all established medical views about the origins of cancer. She believes that some cancers have a genetic link a notion rejected by her by her peers.

Against all odds, she and her band of researchers make a remarkable discovery that is hailed as of unimaginable importance.

As these two women’s story wind inexorably towards one another, more discoveries are made that go beyond mere science.

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Story to Screen

Decoding Annie Parker was five years in the making.
Steven Bernstein and his long time friend Clark Peterson(producer: Monster, Rampart) were looking for a script for Bernstein to direct.

They came across Dr. Mike Moss's version of Annie Parker's story. Bernstein liked many of the story's elements but wanted to take the script in a different direction.

He began writing a new version in collaboration with his son Adam. Thus began an elegant three way collaboration, with the two Bernstein's being guided on the Medicine by Dr. Moss who continued to make profound contributions (not least in his detailed knowledge of Annie's life) while they created a whole new voice for the script, with more humor and irony, introducing the Mary Claire King Narrative and putting a greater focus on the human elements.

It worked.

They created their version in only two months and Bernstein's producing partner,
Clark Peterson (Monster, Rampart) loved what they produced and took it to a source of
finance in Canada.

Peterson and Bernstein refused to quit. Clark continued producing other films, but he was always trying to find money for what was by this time called "Decoding Annie Parker." (By the way, as they sought finance many other titles were suggested to them. Two of their favorites were "Boobs" and "Do you really want to see my breasts." Yes. This is true and documented).

Bernstein obsessed and refused to take any other work although plenty was offered, he had after all been a successful cinematographer for 30 years (Monster, Like Water For Chocolate, The early films of Noah Baumbach and big studio action films and comedies). Instead he spent all his time trying to raise money, traveling across country many times and contacting people all around the world. He pretty much lost everything while doing it. His car, his house and yes, his plane. He had being doing very well indeed. After a few years, nothing was left, but the dream of making the film. About this time Bernstein met a few key people. Keith Kjarval and through Clark, Stuart Ross.

Bernstein met a philanthropist, Kjarval brought in a debt finance company called Media House, and Ross introduced Clark and Steve to an Indian investment firm. They also had a bit of good fortune; they won the California tax credit lottery. Not a lot of money but enough to put them over the threshold and get the film made. It only took 4 years, at the end of which Bernstein was himself sick and very broke. But he soldiered on. Soon the Brilliant casting director Mary Vernieu was on board along with her gifted associate Venus Kanani and they discovered something magical. The talent agencies loved the script and in a very short period of time they had assembled together this remarkable cast, and this remarkable film was made. It was still very difficult, they didn’t have enough money, but somehow it was finished.




On the Trail of a Gene That Kills – The New York Times

Posted by Apryll Aileen 

‘Decoding Annie Parker’ Follows a Breast Cancer Discovery “Decoding Annie Parker,” Steven Bernstein’s useful, high-minded docudrama about breast cancer, is a gawky mixture of medical tutorial and personal history. Ms. Parker, played by Samantha Morton with an air of crumpled dolefulness that masks a core of ferocious determination, is a Canadian living in Toronto whose mother and sister succumb to breast cancer, which she eventually develops herself. It was the first of her three bouts with cancer, all of which she survived. The screenplay...


‘Decoding Annie Parker’ traces discovery of breast cancer gene – Los Angeles Times

Posted by Apryll Aileen 

“Decoding Annie Parker,” starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt, traces the discovery of the breast cancer gene through the lives of two women — one who carries it, one who uncovers it.
Based on two true stories, this modest indie with major ambitions is directed by veteran cinematographer Steven Bernstein, making a solid feature debut. He uses the barely intersecting lives of Annie Parker (Morton), who lost her mother and sister to the disease before being diagnosed with it herself, and geneticist Mary-Claire King (Hunt), to dissect the search for the BRCA-1 gene in both personal and scientific terms.
Though the film opens as Parker arrives late to a lecture by King — a brief encounter that will bookend the film — their individual travails run on very separate, if remarkably parallel, tracks.
As the title suggests, the emphasis is on Annie. Parker’s battle against breast cancer — she’s fought three rounds with the disease thus far — and her insistent fight to understand it make for a compelling story. The screenplay, written by Bernstein, his son, Adam, and Michael Moss, takes us deep into the personal agonies of a family ravaged by breast cancer.

That the story resonates so deeply is due in large measure to Morton. The actress, who’s building an exceptional body of work playing ordinary women, gives Parker such a humility within a warm humanity that you feel an obligation to stick with her through the mounting horrors.
The film begins with her childhood, Parker and her older sister trying to play quietly because Mom’s sick and getting sicker. Mom dies, Annie grows up and falls in love with Paul. “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul does a very good job of making Annie’s Paul a lovable loser, then a less-lovable louse.
Then in 1980 Annie discovers a lump. As the losses stack up, Parker becomes convinced the cancer in her family is not random, or not, as one doctor tells her, a run of bad luck.
As Annie is launching her own search for answers with the help of a progressive doctor (Corey Stoll) and his nurse (Rashida Jones), the film shifts the playing field to the focused scientist, rigid and rigorous in her approach and embattled in her own way.
Hunt gives King a steely spine and an unwavering belief that she is right, which helps when grants bypass her and colleagues question her work. Like King’s research assistants, we are soon trailing her as the search for the DNA link to breast cancer goes on in spite of the difficulties.
As good as Hunt is, she’s given little to do beyond sort papers, evaluate data and look steely.
Not surprising given Bernstein’s cinematography background, the film captures the look of the 1980s and ‘90s when much of the story unfolds. But the division between the personal and scientific stories is not a clean one. It gives the film an uneven rhythm as it at times lurches between the two women’s very separate lives. As significant as King’s work is, the power of the film fades any time it moves away from decoding Annie Parker.
‘Decoding Annie Parker’
MPAA rating: R for language and some sexual content
Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Playing: At AMC Town 8, Burbank; Sundance Sunset Cinemas, West Hollywood; also on VOD
[For the record 6:15 pm May 1: An earlier version of this review said that “Decoding Annie Parker” was playing at the AMC Burbank 16. The correct Burbank theater is the AMC Town 8.]


Review: ‘Decoding Annie Parker,’ 3.5 stars – Arizona Republic

Posted by Apryll Aileen 

Samantha Morton is outstanding as a woman with cancer desperate to find a genetic link to the disease, which killed her mother and sister. Annie Parker dreaded cancer until she got it, a diagnosis she knew was coming since family members died of the same disease. Her mother got it. Then her sister. The odds weighed heavily in favor of Annie suffering the same fate, right? Well, yes, we know that now. But not in the 1970s and early 1980s. That’s the time frame for “Decoding Annie Parker,” director Steven Bernstein’s...


Tackling Tragedy with a Smile – Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted by Apryll Aileen 

A fact-based story of medical science and personal tragedy – and perseverance - Decoding Annie Parker stars Samantha Morton as a woman whose world is haunted by death. First her mother succumbs to cancer, then her father. A close bond with her older sister (Marley Shelton) – as little girls they walked and talked, and balked at going into the room upstairs where a bogeyman dwelled – ends with her death, too. “My life was a comedy,” the real-life Parker is quoted at the movie’s start. “I just had to...


REVIEW: On the Trail of a Gene That Kills

By Stephen Holden | May 1, 2014 |

Helen Hunt and Maggie Grace.

Samantha Morton, with Aaron Paul, plays the title character, who suspects she is cancer prone.
CreditCreditEntertainment One Films

“Decoding Annie Parker,” Steven Bernstein’s useful, high-minded docudrama about breast cancer, is a gawky mixture of medical tutorial and personal history. Ms. Parker, played by Samantha Morton with an air of crumpled dolefulness that masks a core of ferocious determination, is a Canadian living in Toronto whose mother and sister succumb to breast cancer, which she eventually develops herself. It was the first of her three bouts with cancer, all of which she survived.

The screenplay parallels her dogged search for a connection between the deaths in her family with the uphill battle of the renowned geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) to prove the existence of a genetic predisposition to cancer. Annie sends many letters of inquiry to Ms. King, then based at the University of California, Berkeley, but they go unanswered. When the women finally meet at the end of the movie, Ms. King is brusquely welcoming.

These two heroines could hardly be more dissimilar. Ms. Morton’s Annie is a soft, resilient woman who endures enormous suffering with a stoic resignation, although she begins to crack during the agonies of chemotherapy. With the exception of one doctor, the medical experts she consults treat her condescendingly.

Ms. King is a taut, unsmiling crusader waging a war not only against breast cancer but also against the smug, dismissive, mostly male medical establishment that leaves her research perpetually underfunded. Crisp, bordering on icy, she is portrayed by Ms. Hunt with the simmering anger of someone so consumed by her quest that she has no room in her life for anything else.

Helen Hunt and Maggie Grace.

CreditEntertainment One Films

The movie makes clear how rapid advances in computer technology helped Ms. King prove the link between genetic mutations and the increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Because the screenplay offers more scientific data than the average viewer can probably take in, the documentary and dramatic aspects often get in each other’s way, and the movie barely begins to integrate the two.

Ms. Morton’s quiet, strong performance gives “Decoding Annie Parker” much of its human dimension. Annie is only 14 when her mother collapses and dies. At 19, she marries Paul (Aaron Paul), who works as a pool cleaner in Toronto while futilely pursuing a career as a rock musician. At a certain point, he goes around wearing eye makeup. After Annie falls ill, Paul begins an affair with her best friend, Louise (Alice Eve). The movie could easily have depicted him as rat but instead portrays him as a confused, overgrown boy not unlike Jesse Pinkman, Mr. Paul’s character on “Breaking Bad.”

In its saddest scene, this kindhearted film gives Paul his say after Annie finds the courage to voice her disappointment that their once torrid physical relationship has gone dry. When Paul confesses his revulsion toward Annie’s mastectomy scar, their relationship reaches a hopeless impasse.

“Decoding Annie Parker” is considerably better than the kind of disease-of-the-week fare that used to be a television cliché. In today’s colder emotional climate, the mystique of medical technology is supplanting weepy spirituality as the default mode of movies about serious illness. Tears are shed in “Decoding Annie Parker,” but they aren’t accompanied by the kind of sad, misty soundtrack music that can leave you feeling used and abused. Instead of jerking tears, the movie edifies.

Correction: May 3, 2014 Schedule information and a listing of credits on Friday with a film review of “Decoding Annie Parker,” a docudrama about breast cancer, referred incorrectly to the film’s rating. As the review correctly noted, it is rated R. It is not the case that the film is not rated.




Decoding Annie Parker-A movie about the discovery of the BRCA1 gene

By Joanne Manaster on June 18, 2013 |

I currently teach two online versions of a genomics course as a faculty lecturer at UIUC (one for undergraduates and one for certified teachers working on their Masters of Science Teaching Biology), and I love it when a topic I am teaching hits the news in a big way while the courses are in session.

There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene, from Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy when she learned she had the BRCA1 mutation, which jumps her chances of getting breast cancer from 12 percent to 50-80 percent, to this week's US Supreme Court ruling that naturally occurring genes are not patentable. Myriad Genetics, a company that screens for the gene (and where Jolie had hers screened), claimed a patent on that gene, and with that, no other company could create a competing screening test which could influence market factors and lower the price. The cost for the screening, at over $3,000, is well out of reach for many women who are concerned about having a heritable component to their breast cancer risk. The invalidation of the patent opens the market for competition and more affordable tests.

I came across an interview with Marie-Claire King, the woman who discovered the first gene, BRCA1 (breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein) in the lab in the 1990s, wherein she expressed her relief that the Supreme Court ruled the gene could not be patented.

In that same interview, I discovered that a movie has been made about her discovery! It stars Helen Hunt playing King and follows how she and her lab worked to make the discovery of this heritable component, interwoven with the story of a woman, Annie Parker, who had seen her mother, sister, and other female members of the family struggle with cancer, then fall victim herself. Take a look at the trailer.

I am so pleased to see that a movie has been made about a scientific finding that is in the public eye and close to the heart of several charities. I look forward to watching it for myself and evaluating the portrayal of the science and the scientist. I'll keep you posted once I have done that.

The movie has been screened at several charity festivals and is due for wider release later in 2013. Follow DecodingAnnie on twitter or Like Decoding Annie on FB to keep up with future screenings and release dates.

Have you seen the movie at one of their premieres? What did you think?


Decoding Annie Parker’ is a mixed-bag cancer drama

By Sara Stewart | May 1, 2014 |

Almost every story you hear about breast cancer research is a frustrating one; a cure still sits out of reach for the disease that affects 1 in 8 women. So it’s not entirely surprising that the story of Canadian Annie Parker, a three-time survivor, proves just as elusive in the hands of first-time feature director Steven Bernstein.

Fortunately, he’s got heavy-hitting talent Samantha Morton in the lead role; her complex facial expressions alone show more range than a lot of entire actors I can think of.

Her Annie is having “a bit of bad luck,” as one oncologist callously puts it. First her father dies, then her mother, of breast cancer; later, it’s her sister. Soon, Annie is undergoing chemo and promising her young son (Benjamin Stockham) that she won’t die. I liked that Bernstein doesn’t beautify her suffering; upon learning her diagnosis, Annie simply breaks down, sobbing — as any normal person would — “I don’t want to suffer! I don’t want to die!”

Samantha Morton (left) and Rashida Jones in a scene from “Decoding Annie Parker.”AP
Meanwhile, Helen Hunt’s on the other side of the picture, as geneticist Mary-Claire King, one of the first to propose a genetic link for breast cancer. But she and her team — including Maggie Grace and Ben McKenzie — can’t escape the fact that studying genetics charts does not make for compelling viewing.

I was also a bit misled by the Annie quote that precedes the film: “My life was a comedy. I just had to learn how to laugh.” As spirited as she is, it’s not really about this, though a parade of ’60s and ’70s wigs does serve as unintentional comic relief — particularly the ones on Aaron Paul as Annie’s pool-man/rocker husband. He’s a welcome presence, though, as a devoted partner who’s set adrift when his relationship is a heavier lift than he can manage. (In one amusing scene, Annie stops mid-sex act to inform him that “there’s a simple test you can do for testicular cancer!”)

Other familiar faces turn up throughout: Rashida Jones plays a doctor’s receptionist who turns into a research ally and friend; Alice Eve is a family pal of Annie’s; Bradley Whitford portrays a later-in-life love interest. All acquit themselves respectably in this well-intentioned, if ultimately underwhelming, ode to the ongoing fight for a cure.




  • Steven Bernstein

    Writer / Producer / Director

    Steven Bernstein, ASC., is best known as a cinematographer working on numerous groundbreaking projects over 30 years. These diverse projects include the multi-award winning feature “Like Water For Chocolate” and the Oscar Winning Film “Monster,” staring Charlize Theron. In addition to these smaller budgeted projects, Bernstein has worked on over 60 other major projects including the successful studio films, “S.W.A.T.” and “The Waterboy.”

    Born in Buffalo, New York, he began his working career in the United Kingdom in music videos and commercials, winning awards, including the Cannes Golden Lion.

    His textbook on film making, “Film Production,” was the largest selling book about film production for over a decade and has been translated into several languages and is still used in universities around the world. He has lectured at many schools and Universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Mr. Bernstein designed the unique distribution model used for the launch of, “Decoding Annie Parker,” trying to find additional ways to use his film as a force for good, raising money for charities, research groups and institutions, while also repaying the loans necessary to make the film.

    Bernstein is currently in pre-production for his next film, which he penned, “Dominion,” the story of Dylan Thomas and the White Horse Tavern.

  • Sidney Powell


    Sidney Powell is a Texas lawyer who established her own firm dedicated to federal appellate practice in 1993.


    She has served as lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the Fifth Circuit, which have resulted in more than 180 published opinions. Ms. Powell is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers for which she served in 2001-2002 as President.

    She has been featured as a Texas Super-Lawyer for years and as one of the Best Lawyers in America.

    She has taught Appellate Advocacy for the Department of Justice, for the Texas and Federal Bars, and for the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.

    A former federal prosecutor in three United States Attorneys’ Offices in Texas and Virginia, she is also an author, a screenwriter, and a producer.

    Keith Kjarval


    Keith Kjarval founded Unified Pictures in 2005 and formed a studio that develops, produces, and finances independent feature films. They are committed to producing thought provoking live action films and CG Animated Features.

    Kjarval’s debut film, “The Perfect Sleep, “ the moody visual splendor of film noir with the psychological depth and intensity of a Dostoyevsky novel. Sleep was hailed by Time Out New York as, “a marvel of budget-stretching innovation,” and a “cross between Zentropa and Memento without the pretentiousness.”

    Kjarval and Unified also launched a foreign sales arm headed by indie veteran Ann Dubinet. Most notably, Unified struck a strategic alliance with David Lynch’s company, Absurda, to handle the foreign sales of its impressive library, including the acclaimed Lynch/Herzog collaboration, “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.”

    Unified’s current slate, all of which Kjarval produced, includes the thriller, “A Single Shot,” starring Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Leo, and William H. Macy. Kjarval also recently finished, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” and ‘Trust Me.” Unified is also in producing the animated feature, “Noah’s Ark,” created by Kjarval and written by Philip LaZebnik.

    Clark Peterson


    Producer of the Academy Award-winning, “Monster,” starring Charlize Theron, Clark Peterson has produced and executive produced a wide variety of award-winning films, documentaries, and television movies. In addition to, “Decoding Annie Parker,” he recently produced Atom Egoyan’s, “Devil’s Knot,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth (set for Fall 2013) release. He is also currently producing, “The Prophet” based on the book by Kahlil Gibran, starring Salma Hayek. His other recent films include the critically-acclaimed, “Rampart,” starring Woody Harrelson and directed by Oren Moverman, from a screenplay by James Ellroy

    Stewart W. Ross


    Mr. Ross is an international merchant banker who shares, with the other Decoding Annie Parker producers, a strong philanthropic focus upon public health and women’s cancers.

    Mr. Ross is an international merchant banker and Principal of Pinnacle Capital, a highly-regarded early-stage and specialty venture capital firm, and registered exempt market dealer, based in Toronto, Canada, with a successful fifteen-year track record of investing its own capital and advising on over $100 million in third-party funds. In 2010, he co-founded Dorado Media and Capital Ltd, an investment & asset manager for professionally produced filmed entertainment, including motion pictures and episodic television.

    Stuart currently serves as a director of several private companies within the entertainment, media and technology sectors.

    Adam Bernstein


    Adam Bernstein is a screenwriter. Born in London, he attended Vassar College, where he graduated with a degree in Film. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and his one-eyed dog. “Decoding Annie Parker,” is his first produced feature.

    Mike Moss


    A British trained physician, Mike moved to Canada many years ago and now resides in Vancouver. “Decoding Annie Parker” is his first produced feature. He is now finishing a book and pitching another script, based on the true story of the last Allied soldier killed in WWI.



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Hugo G
May 14, 2014
Great performance from Samantha Morton, as well from the rest of the cast, but she carried the whole movie on her shoulders through very rough and happy times. Still, it's supporting cast was very good and added a lot of input to the movie. Overall, the story wasn't as the usual cancer type of movie, but because of its more lively tone it wasn't as depressing or melodramatic as I thought it would be.


Ester A
May 11, 2014
Amazing movie. I laughed and cried. Fantastic acting. Bravo.


May 11, 2014
It is all Samantha Morton who pull it off. A so-1990s TV-movie scale production.


Lori A
May 09, 2014
Just saw Decoding Annie Parker last night at a sold out screening I organized in Indianapolis. The audience was filled with people whose lives have been touched by hereditary cancer. Loud applause at the end, and many thanked me for helping bring it to town. Samantha Morton's acting is seamless and totally believable. Her character, Annie, is a remarkable woman and this film did her justice. I liked the moves back and forth between the stories. One is warm and moving, the other is tedious and, yes, frustrating. I know cancer all too well and I know research (especially before computers) and both were portrayed realistically. There was humor, but in good taste. So many talented actors graced the screen without overpowering Annie, my hero. I may owe my life to Dr King's discoveries, so this film is truly important to me. Letting the world know about this important work and the 'citizen scientists' like Annie who play key roles today in any genetic research makes it worth a wider distribution. True stories always are worth sharing, especially when told so well


Nabin B
May 09, 2014
Never got a chance to see cancer victim yet but read about the cancer and the lots of pain involved. Decoding Annie Parker is a pain I can feel too, remarkable performance and one of the best movie.


Angie L
May 07, 2014
A powerful movie that deserves so much more attention than it is getting in the media and theaters. It provides so much history behind the discovery of the BRCA mutation and also the journey of Annie Parker. There was a physician panel after the movie where we could ask questions about hereditary cancers. It was an amazing evening.


Sandra C
May 06, 2014
I have never written a review before this. This movie moved me beyond words. It is a must see for anyone who has experienced cancer. If you have not experienced cancer it is still a great movie. Heartfelt, deeply moving and funny too. Samantha Morton who plays Annie Parker is excellent and her performance is as good as any I have ever seen. She will win awards for this. Helen Hunt is also very good as the scientist who discovers the breast cancer gene. Even though the characters don't really interact much they are connected throughout the film by the same goal and are both looking for the same answers. It is a very clever way of telling the story which engaged my husband and I throughout. I want to see it again!


Lisa R
May 05, 2014
No emotions spared here. I laughed and cried and identified with Annie and her family. Important film that addresses one of the most important discoveries of our time. Samantha Morton who portrays Annie Parker is genuine and believable as all American girl who refuses to accept her fate in a family targeted by cancer. Aaron Paul plays Annie's husband and provides some lightheartedness as well as some anguish to this story. I would like to have seen more character development of Dr. Mary-Claire King , played by Helen Hunt but all in all this movie is a good see for most everyone. Some sexual explicitness leaves me thinking that anyone under age 16 should not view this film.


Sean P
May 05, 2014
Worth watching if you know more about the subject matter (which I don't). I expected more interaction between Parker and King but there was very little.


Jan P
May 03, 2014
Decoding Annie Parker is a wonderful heartwarming film that takes you through the lives of two wonderful women who never give up searching for the answers of why breast and ovarian cancers run in family. This movie will bring you laughs and make you cry.. Brilliant ..