TL;DR – A simple paint by numbers comedy, funny but ultimately a bit disappointing
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
I went and watched Sisters right after The Revenant, as a way to decompress after that spectacle of filmmaking. Given that both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are incredible comedians separately and together they are amazing I had really high expectations for Sisters. So was it funny, well in places yes it was, but it was also comedy paint by numbers, where you can chart the course of the film after about 20 minutes in.
Basic set up is that Maura (Amy Poehler) is the organised calm sister and Kate (Tina Fey) is the wild child sister. Both have been called back to their childhood home to clear out their room as the house has been sold, but instead, they decide to put on one last party in the house and hijinks ensue. Where Sisters tries to set itself apart from the many, many other films like this is that all the party guests are in their late 40s and they decided to ditch family friendly for a full on R rating.
There are some things that work, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are consummate professionals so when there are moments just with the two of them they really shine. It was nice to see a bunch of Parks and Rec, 30 Rock and SNL alumni fill in a lot of the supporting cast and watching Dianne Wiest and James Brolin play off each wonderfully.
However, it is nothing new, the responsible one is going to be irresponsible, and the irresponsible one is going to be responsible, gee I wonder if they are going to discover things about each other. Oh no, I’m going to hide these ‘drugs’ in the kitchen, I hope the wacky character doesn’t take it by accident. It is a story that plays it safe, well R-rated comedy safe, it is funny, but when you have so much talent you wish that there was a better script for them to work from.
Sisters is not a bad film, it’s just not that good, which is a pity.
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Directed by – Jason Moore
Written by – Paula Pell
Starring – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Maya Rudolph & John Leguizamo
Rating – Australia: MA15+; Canada: 14A; Ireland: 15A; NZ: R16; UK: 15; USA: R