HOLLYWOOD—There is no doubting that “Saturday Night Live” alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are funny ladies. But what happens when you take these two comedic geniuses and team them up for the slightly over-the-top comedy “Sisters?”
Well you get bellyaches that will have you hurting for days. The premise of “Sisters” revolves around Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler) two sisters whose relationship is not the best. It’s fun to watch Fey let loose a bit in this role portraying the party girl sister, while Poehler tones things down as the more reserved sister of the duo. Maura has a job, but not much of a social life, considering she just got divorced.
When the ladies discover from their parents portrayed by James Brolin and Dianne Wiest that their childhood home is being sold and they have to clean-up all the remaining items they left behind in their bedroom the ladies are slightly unnerved. Kate is unemployed; living in her friend’s house and not fully responsible enough to take care of her teenage daughter Haley (Madison Davenport). There are few surprises with secrets that the sisters keep from one another as the movie unfolds.
“Sisters” is ladled with raunchy dialogue, outrageous moments that will either leave the spectator cringing or cringing and laughing at the same time. To capitalize on all those childhood memories they shared growing up, Kate and Maura decide to host the party of a life-time at their childhood home, unbeknownst to them, any structural damages to the home will prevent the sale from going through.
With Fey and Poehler adding their comedic talent to the roster, appearances by John Leguizamo, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph and a host of other SNL alums amplify the level of hilarity and gags that are definitely not for kids.
One might walk into the theater expecting the same formula seen in previous outings by the ladies as in the flick “Baby Mama,” but it is not evident this time around. The chemistry worked then, but it works 10 xs more in this installment. That is a testament to the script written by Paula Pell who is a writer on “SNL,” and was responsible for her contribution to the comedies “Bridesmaids” and “This is 40.”
The argument can be made that sisters is not just some funny comedy, but a movie that attempts to point the finger at the audience that even though we all age at some point, that does not mean the notion of having fun has to cease to exist. That party guy or gal that you knew in high school is not likely the same person in his 30s and 40s. That sentiment can be echoed for that reserved shy kid that you grew up with that as an adult may have become the most popular person in town.
“Sisters” in its own unique way, forces the viewer to ask the question rather one has matured with age or if they’re trapped in that persona that has followed them most of their life. It’s not something we want to hear, but the movie finds a way to deliver those themes without knocking us over the head to do it, which works to perfection in my opinion.