by / December 15th, 2015 /

Sisters

Review by on December 15th, 2015

 3/5 Rating

Director: Jason Moore
Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, John Cena and James Brolin
Certificate: 15a
Running Time: 118 minutes
Release Date: December 11th

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are great. That is simple, whether they are separate or together. Fey has brought us 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and, lest we forget, Mean Girls. She has worked on SNL, all to great acclaim. Poehler, too, has worked on SNL. Her turn as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation is one of the most endearing comedy characters of recent years, and she has received nothing but praise as the voice of Joy in this year’s Inside Out.

And as they are so funny and likable, it is a treat to know they are friends behind the scenes. Like watching that party scene at the start of Avengers: Age of Ultron. They were so good at the Golden Globes too, that surely a buddy comedy starring the pair would be nothing short of hilarious.

And you know what? It’s fine!

Not written by its stars, but by Paula Pell, a fellow SNL alum, it is a houseparty movie for the teenagers that have grown up. Poehler and Fey are the Ellis sisters, the former a busybody nurse who lives to help, the latter a hairdresser with a hair trigger temper, a daughter and nowhere to live. When their parents announce they are selling the family home, the pair decide to have one of their ‘Ellis Island,’ parties for which they were renowned as teenagers.

As far as house party movies go, it’s pretty great. The usual spills and pratfalls are there, but it’s tinged with emotion, as these adults, their teenagers years behind them, get to reclaim their youth just for one night. It’s a nice twist on the accidental drugging, the destruction of the house, the high school nemesis’ attempt at sabotage, that these people are all a little bit older. It’s satisfying to watch them let loose.

It’s funny too, as any turn from Fey and Poehler will be, not to mention Maya Rudolph, and other past members of the SNL gang. James Brolin is on bizarre form here too, so it may be worth it for him alone.

It’s hard to shake the feeling, though, that the stars are better than the material at hand here, and that if they had had a hand in writing it it, it may have been something a little bit more memorable. Still, while it is a scooch too long, the jokes are a bit hit and miss, and it is a disappointment as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s first time leading a film together, it is not without a few laughs, and moments of heart along with them.

Hopefully the two will join up again soon, but until then, Sisters is more than enough to keep us going.