Friday, June 24, 2016

Sisters

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Sisters – 4 out of 5

Both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen in my life.  I can’t think of a single project that either of them has been involved in—whether together or separate—that wasn’t absolutely hysterical.  Granted, I can’t say I was 100% sold on Sisters when the trailers hit but that only kept me from seeing it in the theaters.  There was no doubt I was going to watch it when it hit the home market and, after seeing it, I really regret not treating myself to a night at the theater seeing this one and laughing the night away.

The trailers should have just been a narrator saying, "Hey Rev. Tina Fey
and Amy Poehler are in this and you should not wait until it comes to RedBox."
But that would be a really weird marketing campaign.

After receiving a call from her parents that they are selling her childhood home, Maura (Amy Poehler) calls on her irresponsible sister Kate (Tina Fey) to help her clean out their old rooms and get rid of all their stuff.  Nostalgia quickly sets in when they get there and the two decide to cut loose and throw an epic party that will allow the usually uptight Maura to let her hair down and sow the wild oats she never got to sow when she was a kid.  However, it’s not long before the realities of adulthood come back and they realize they just are not children anymore.

I wanna Skype with James Brolin and Dianne West.

It's crazy how funny John Cena can be outside
of viral videos on the internet.
I definitely don’t feel the trailers really sold this one well because my expectations were a tad low.  I thought going into it that I was going to find some chuckle moments here and there because I enjoy Fey and Poehler but I didn’t really predict that I was going to be laughing the hardest.  I was totally wrong because the film was relentless with its humor and I was laughing pretty much nonstop.  The story, the characters, and the performers are constantly throwing vulgar and silly humor at you and it resulted in a very, very, very amusing movie that ended up going way beyond what I predicted I was going get.  The humor isn’t only coming from just the two leads either as everyone in the film—from James Brolin and Dianne West as the parents of Maura and Kate to smaller roles from John Cena, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch and Samantha Bee—result in scene-making moments and quotable sequences after the film ends.

There's some fantastic scenes that involve a rivalry between the sisters and
Maya Rudolph, too.

The only downside I had for the film was the fact I wasn’t too into Ike Barinholtz as the love interest to Amy Poehler.  He definitely has some funny moments but I just don’t feel he has the presence to be a leading man and, without a doubt, feel his strengths exist within the realm of being the “funny friend.”  I also felt elements of the story—mainly the relationship between Kate and her daughter—slowed the film down and didn’t feel too well established or developed.

Of course, Barinholtz as the love interest definitely pays off during this
scene.  No spoilers but it's hilarious!

Bobby Moynihan just cracks me up.  Love this guy!
I walked into Sisters with no real expectations beyond knowing that because I’m such a fan of both Fey and Poehler that I would definitely get a funny moment or two.  However, I ended up finding a film that was a whole lot funnier than I was prepared for.  Sure, it had some issues with the story that I wasn’t a fan of but it never killed the entertainment value I got from the movie as a whole.  Additionally, it was pretty refreshing to see a house party film play off of gags about being a responsible adult rather than the usual clich├ęs that come from the stereotypical teenager/high school house parties that we’ve seen over and over again over the years.  Overall, it's just a very fun and hysterical film!

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