For the new Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy, “Sisters,” there had to be serious worries about it opening on the same night as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Regardless, the movie opened on Dec. 18 and for those who watched both the new Star Wars film and the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters,” they, most likely, came away equally entertained.
Sisters Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey), both in the midst of different dysfunctional lives, return home to find out that their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) are selling their beloved childhood home.
In an effort to have one last good memory at the house, Maura and Kate decide to throw a party and invited all of their friends from high school.
As is the case with most of these “let’s throw a party” films, everything is wonderful and it’s the best night ever, until it isn’t.
Although the night is absolutely disastrous, both sisters are able to come to terms with and change the aspects of their lives that were haunting them before they came home.
Maura was able to step away from the overwhelming desire of having to take care of everyone while Kate learns that she has the strength to be the mother that her daughter (Madison Davenport) needs.
The directing by Jason Moore and the screenplay from Paula Pell are nothing to write home about, but they are just what they need to be as it is the acting that anchors the film.
Fey and Poehler each deliver fantastic performances, but it’s the overly hilarious supporting cast (headlined by John Cena as a drug dealer) that elevates “Sisters” to one of the better comedies of the year.
“Sisters” delivers laugh after laugh and only loses it’s step during the more serious scenes that sometimes come off as forced.
At its worst, “Sisters” is a thoroughly fun iteration of the same comedy formula that moviegoers have seen countless times, but at its best, the film keeps the audience laughing like they were at a stand-up comedy show.
The bond between Fey and Poehler is apparent as they continue to pump out great comedies every time they work together.