Fey & Poehler reunite


When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler come together in a comedy film, it undoubtedly becomes a party-house, and that is proven again with the laugh riot, “Sisters.” After the hit “Pitch Perfect,” Jason Moore makes his mark again as he directs “Sisters,” which is written by Paula Pell (screenwriter of “Saturday Night Live”).
Opting for a more feminine vibe than of similar flicks “Neighbors” and “21 Jump Street,” Fey and Poehler mirror their off-screen relationship as they effortlessly slip into their characters as sisters.

The film begins as Maura Ellis (Amy Poehler), a recently divorced nurse, gets a message from her parents telling her that they are going to sell the family home in Orlando. A very responsible Maura is then told to refrain from telling her irresponsible older sister Kate (Tina Fey). Kate, a stylist who barely makes the ends meet as a single mom, is kicked out of her friend’s apartment. She is constantly concerned for her teenage daughter who lives elsewhere, but refuses to let her mother know where.

The sisters then travel to Orlando to learn that their parents have already sold the home, and they have only a few days to clean the place up. Kate fondly remembers her childhood in the house, where she constantly brought boys home and partied, where Maura instead spent quiet nights reading books and writing in her journal.

Wanting to relive the glory days, Kate convinces Maura to pay a final tribute to their childhood home and have a party so that Maura can create some fun memories of her own.
All the rules for having the “best party on the block” are followed: they craft their own invitations, screen their guests and make sure that they have enough alcohol and drugs to keep the party going. But, the hilarious ways in which the sisters do this are what makes this movie unique.

The scene where they both go to the clothing store to buy clothes that are definitely not age appropriate is wonderfully hilarious. The duo does a choreographed performance at the party, dancing to Snow’s “Informer.”

Guest appearances made the film fun and nostalgic at times. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler felt at home as various guests from “Saturday Night Live” pleasantly show up at the party, only adding more humor to the comedic duo’s spotlight. Sometimes, though, the characters seem to force out the comedy, especially the comical sequence by Bobby Moynihan as Alex, who simply seems way too desperate to get attention.

Other characters include John Cena, as Pazuzu, seemingly strong but actually sensitive, and Ika Barinholt, as James, Maura’s love interest. This romance between Maura and James added additional substance to the film, making this movie more than just a comedy.

Although it’s incredibly awkward at the beginning, bringing out the unnatural flirtatious side of Maura, the romance inspires her to move on from her recent divorce and come of her shell.

Although the humor seems sometimes forceful, and the film drags, Jason Moore is able to balance the humor, while showing the audience how strong the relationship with family really is.
Through multiple mishaps at the party—resulting in a basically broken home—both Maura and Kate are forced to confront their flaws. They learn that they have to grow up and cannot stay the same twelve year-olds that they try to live through in their personal diaries.

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