After making his big-screen debut in Mask (1985), Cassavetes spent the next decade acting in a string of B movies. By the mid-1990s, however, he found mainstream success in big-budget films such as Face/Off and The Astronaut's Wife.
At the same time, Cassavetes began to make his mark behind the camera, directing his mother in Unhook the Stars and then tapping one of his father's unproduced screenplays for She's So Lovely (Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn), nominated for the Palme d'Or. Since then, he's continued to split his time in front of and behind the camera, directing John Q, The Notebook and Alpha Dog.
A former defense attorney finds herself back in the courtroom when she and her husband are sued for medical emancipation by their 11-year-old daughter, who's expected to donate a kidney to her dying older sister.