‘Sisters’ is SO good that I can barely type this from excitement. It is nonstop hilarity hand-delivered by my two favorite people in the world, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and it is everything. PLEASE see this movie.
Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Need I say more? I’ve been ready for this movie for my entire life, practically, or at least since I heard about it last year. Now, Sisters has finally arrived, and it is by far my favorite Christmas present this season. Tinamy’s chemistry onscreen is as fabulous as you’d expect, and even if the plot doesn’t entice you, go and see this movie purely for 120 minutes of these comedy queens interacting with each other. Plus, it’s crazy and silly and everything that one needs in a holiday film.
Sisters has nothing to do with Christmas apart from a cheery montage at the end, but it’s got a home-for-the-holidays feel that makes it the perfect choice for a movie while you’re visiting family. (Note: do NOT see this with your parents. Go with your siblings or cousins or friends or significant other, but not your mother.) Sisters Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate (Tina Fey) return to their childhood home only to find out it’s being sold, have the not-so-brilliant idea to throw a major rager, totally trash the place, and learn valuable life lessons along the way (sort of). The role-reversal at play is beyond satisfying — Tina takes a turn at portraying the wild child, a la Amy’s character in 2006’s Baby Mama, while Amy steps into Tina’s shoes by starting out as the Responsible Sister before letting her freak flag fly. It’s a must-see.
In the same vein of Trainwreck, Sisters is a series of laugh-out-loud mishaps, though the damage in this film is more physical — a house is literally destroyed from the bottom up — than emotional. There are plenty of smart jokes that will land with those looking for more subtle comedy, as well as enough outrageous gags to make anyone’s stomach hurt from laughter. A series of scenes, involving a childhood friend of the sisters who tries drugs for the first time, had my theater hysterical with glee. Fans of Step Brothers and The Heat will be on the floor from the antics in Sisters, and if not, well, there’s always Star Wars. #YouCanSeeThemBoth!
It’s impossible to discuss this movie without mentioning its stellar cast; Sisters is a bona-fide Saturday Night Live reunion, with the likes of Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and more bringing the laughter. Sadly, I’ve never been privy to an SNL afterparty, but I figure this is probably what one of those feels like. Furthermore, the script is penned by Paula Pell, a seasoned SNL writer who’s responsible for hit sketches like “Debbie Downer”. Needless to say, the woman is a genius.
I won’t ruin the funniest moments for you, but I will say that any trailer you’ve seen is just a taste of the magnificent insanity that is this movie. While I wouldn’t call it a rom-com, there is an emotional thread that runneth throughout, and I actually felt bad for Tina’s character for most of the movie, especially with the slight twist towards the end that leads to a pitiful mud-wrestling fight between her and Amy. (That’s probably the only part that I didn’t really like — there’s enough crude humor in the film to check off that box without that fight, and also, Tinamy is better than that.)
Kate and Maura eventually each do a little bit of growing up, and it’s happily ever after for the Ellis sisters and their family, just like any good holiday film. The best part is that Tina and Amy are game for everything, and like Amy has wisely said: “There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” BRB, going to see this movie 500 more times.
HollywoodLifers, will you go see Sisters? Tell me what you think about it if you do!!