Sisters (2015)


Jason Moore

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz

Other notable appearances:
James Brolin, Dianne West, John Cena, John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan

Running time:
118 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Trainwreck, The Banger Sisters, Bridesmaids


When sisters Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey) Ellis discover that their parents are selling their childhood home, they decide to have one last bash to both spite their parents and relive their high school glory days.

The party becomes such a huge success that only one question remains. Will there be a house left for their parents to sell?

Sisters is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy that doesn’t rely on romance to keep its two very funny female leads and audience afloat. While there are love interests, saying that Sisters is a rom-com would be like saying that American Pie or Old School are rom-coms.

At 118 minutes, Sisters is a long comedy. Most start to feel tiresome after about 90 minutes, but in this case I never felt the need to peek at my watch. The film keeps the audience engaged by not constantly rehashing tired old jokes. I’m looking at you and your “burp snart” Growns Ups 2.

As far as cast goes, I hadn’t seen much of Tina Fey until I picked up her book Bossypants and loved it. Now I make it a habit to see anything in which she appears. In the case of Sisters, I am very glad for this habit. Fey is a pleasure to watch as the brassy (hotheaded) trainwreck Kate.

I have never before seen Amy Poehler in a film. After seeing Sisters, I will be changing that fact. Poehler’s portrayal of the mousy “party mom” Maura is the perfect off-set to Fey’s outrageous Kate.

I originally thought Ike Barinholtz was another actor whom I had not seen perform before, but a trip to IMDb advised me that I had seen him in Bad Neighbours. In Sisters, Barinholtz plays the role of Maura’s love interest with the perfect combination of sweet and funny as all hell. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know there is a scene with a ballerina music box. Let’s just say that the funniest parts of this scene are not in the trailer.

The rest of the cast is composed of some great “hey, I know them” actors. Maya Rudolph is both irritating and funny as the uppity Brinda. James Brolin and Dianne West are delightful as the Ellis parents. John Cena is fun to watch as the drug dealer who decides to stay and party. John Leguizamo (who I always think of now as Sid from Ice Age) is the right parts heart and sleaze for which the plot calls. Bobby Moynihan is incredibly annoying BUT that is what his character is known for by other characters. So … mission accomplished!

Overall the plot is a simple one, which is what you want from a comedy. When things start getting complicated, they usually begin to become a lot less funny. However, it does have everything you need. The introduction, the conflict, the heartwarming and lots of laughs.

The humour is filthy. The moments range from sweet to hilarious. The cast was excellent. If you like party comedies or comedy in general, do yourself a favour and check out Sisters.

Rating: 4/5

“My safe word is ‘keep going’.”

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