Her character in Invisible Sister is quite different than Riley on GMW. As a chemistry prodigy, Cleo feels isolated from most of the other students in her high school. Her older sister Molly seems to have life mastered, as a popular athlete with lots of friends. Cleo feels constantly eclipsed by her sister, which Molly can’t understand.
What I love about this movie is that Molly isn’t a villain, or even an antagonist. The only person standing in the way of Cleo’s happiness is Cleo. Molly is often reaching out to Cleo, inviting her to be friends with her friends. But Cleo is too afraid of being the plot of a high school movie where the nerd is mocked by the cool kids, and always turns her down. When the boy Cleo likes shows interest in her, she assumes he’s only doing it to make fun of her, since he’s a jock.
When Molly accidentally ingests Cleo’s science project, which turned a moth invisible, she herself turns invisible. The only person who knows about the experiment is Cleo herself, thus they must keep Molly’s condition a secret. With their parents conveniently out of town for Halloween weekend, Molly has Cleo dress in Molly’s costume to pretend to be her. With an important field hockey game that afternoon, Molly has to be in class to be allowed to play– even if it’s really Cleo just pretending to be her. This provides the perfect avenue for the girls to walk a mile in each other’s shoes, and discover that each one’s life is quite different than how the other perceived it.
I love the focus on sisterhood and building each other up. Sometimes you have to see the world through someone else’s eyes to better understand yourself as well as them. Molly and Cleo got to do this, and discovered how deep sisterly love runs.
The young actresses do a great job, and it’s a great October movie. It has some mystery, dark nights in New Orleans graveyard for suspense, and some mystical happenings–even if they are attributed to chemistry, invisibility is indeed mystical.
You can still catch Invisible Sister on Disney Channel and the Watch Disney app. Have you seen it yet? What did you think of it?