Posted Dec 15 2015

Sisters - These Ladies Rock The House - Well, Their Parents' House

Dir: Jason Moore

Starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya, Rudolph, Jon Cena, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Leguizamo

Sisters – the film that may forever be remembered as the little film that went up against Episode 7 and died (we’ll see) – has two major things going for it. Tina Fey. And Amy Poehler.

The SNL/30 Rock/Parks & Rec veterans, who last graced the big screen as a duo in 2008’s underrated Baby Mama are simply one of the greatest comedy teams working today. Or any day come to that. Smart, funny, and always not just willing to go for the laugh, but instinctively knowing where it lies, the two work off each other so well, that Sisters would be a pleasure to watch for them alone. Thankfully, it has a clever, witty script for the most part even if it does become a little bag-heavy when it comes to the protracted party scenes of its second half.

But these are minor quibbles for what is easily one of the best comedies of the year. On a simplistic level, this is the girls doing what the boys have been doing for years. For Tina read Seth Rogen, for Amy, slot in Jonah Hill (no offence intended, ladies.) But Sisters is more than that. It’s not young and wanton, it’s more middle aged and wanting. You could almost call it an elegy for youth if it wasn’t so raucous. This tale of two very different sisters (with Fey for once beautifully playing the wild one) come back home to clear out their teenage bedrooms due to their parents selling the family home, touches on lives lived up to a point and the failures they reflect. Then they stage a wild party and it all becomes a little bit Project X. But – even in its weaker moments – so much better.

Sisters is by no means perfect, but it’s damn funny. And Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may not be Han Solo and Chewbacca. But you know what? They’re pretty damn close. (No offence intended, ladies.)


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