Tonight’s review is a lovely change from the recent month’s Christmassy and dramatic feel (it is Christmas and the Oscars after all!).
This evening we bring you a Hollywood comedy that comes courtesy of the delightfully funny duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
The two are on acting duties only here as Paula Pell has crafted the script for the comediennes to deliver. Any comedy movie that has this almighty pair in is surely a pleasure with their undeniable chemistry right? Well, we have the details for you…
The film focuses on two sisters, one very loose and childish (Tina Fey), and the other uptight and divorced (Amy Poehler), throw one last party at their childhood home, which their parents are about to sell.
Timid nurse Maura (Poehler) and her wild child big sister Kate (Fey) have grown apart over the years. Maura has gone through a divorce and Kate is trying to reconnect with her typical teenage daughter Haley (Madison Davenport).
With that in mind, Sisters begins with very simple and juvenile comedy that annoyingly lingers throughout. With the leading ladies from prestigious backgrounds like Saturday Night Live and each individually anchoring their own shows, Parks & Recreation and 30 Rock, respectively, I feel their talents are wasted in this film.
Sisters has such a simple, linear narrative that it makes the movie easy to follow but gives it no depth. It never blossoms and it feels ten years out of date. Sisters feels like it is from the ‘American Pie’ era and would easily be plausible if it was released in the late 90s. The film takes too long to warm up and there too few big laughs. I remember being tickled largely once when Maura is at the nail salon struggling to say her beauty-therapist’s name – other than that I am racking my brains.
I think Tina Fey’s character is too over the top and becomes more annoying than comical. Maura (Amy Poehler) is the anchor to the film and the most comedic scenes are delivered by her. Maura is more awkward and subtle so her sequences make you wince too.
Sisters could have been so much more than it is. It had two of the funniest women in film at its disposal and I think it wasted its opportunity. It doesn’t matter though; it’s battling Star Wars in the rankings so it has a legitimate reason to go hiding.
Cineroom’s Rating: 2 Stars
Sisters is currently being shown worldwide in selected cinemas – certificate 15
From Adam Ray Palmer, the Editor-in-Chief.
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