Friday, June 17, 2016

Movie Review: Sisters (2015)

Sisters (2015) - Directed by Jason Moore; Written by Paula Pell; Starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, Dianne Wiest, John Cena, John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan, Samantha Bee, Rachel Dratch.

By Kenny Howell

One of the things that is so impressive about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is how effortlessly funny they are.

Nothing ever seems drastically over the top, even Poehler who usually plays the more boisterous characters. They are just natural performers.

Sisters is the first time, except maybe a stray Saturday Night Live skit or two, where they are straining for laughs. Their characters are sort of loosely defined, which doesn't help. Fey is the more rambunctious one this time, while Poehler plays the more mature, though not without her own problems. But they come in and out of those characters as it progresses, Fey occasionally drifts back into the straight man role, and Poehler goes back to the out of control one. Its hard to really settle into them when they are all over the map.

They obviously play sisters. Fey is Kate, an adult screw up who can't get her life together. She has a teenage daughter which complicates things. Poehler is Maura who is probably too proper for her own good. She is recently divorced and Kate wants to help her get back out there.

They find out that their parents are selling their childhood home in Orlando, and they go down there as soon as possible to try to get them to stop. When they can't, they throw a massive party and invite all their old high school friends, all now grown up and various states of adulthood.

Sisters, written by SNL and 30 Rock alum Paula Pell, tries to get most of its jokes from the fact that these people are now a bit older, and they are acting like the younguns. It works with varying results, but mostly does not. The biggest laughs of the film don't come from Fey or Poehler, but Bobby Moynihan as a guy who is a terrible joke teller. It's a shame that the movie must rely on bit players to keep it afloat, and even then it doesn't totally work.

Rating: *1/2

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