We’ve all heard the saying “Sisters from another mother”. Well that’s pretty much how Kate Ellis (Tina Fey) & Maura Ellis (Amy Poehler) are here as they look nothing alike and yes, they play/are sisters in this funny at times, throwback to our party days, comedy. Here the parents are Deanna, the fantastic Dianne Wiest and the truly who-knew-he-could-be-funny James Brolin is dad Bucky.
In case I didn’t mention it .. the sister’s are polar opposites. Since her divorce two years ago the responsible straight arrow, Maura, who is beyond do-gooder even in her job as a nurse. On the other hand we have the irresponsible, unable to hold a job or keep a place to live, mess up Kate. She is game for anything yet so childish that her daughter Haley (Madison Davenport), although still a teenager herself, seems to act much more mature than her own mother. But what the two sisters share in is going into complete and utter shock, to put it lightly, when going to visit their parents home they see a “SOLD” sign at the family house in Orlando. Seemingly by not informing or hinting at the fact they have sold it, their parents ask them now to clean out their former childhood rooms before the new owners come in.
Reluctantly the sister dig through all their old stuff and while the two reminisce over their youth, Kate gets the idea to throw an for old times sake – “Ellis Island” – one last party as they once were called and with that, one last party IS going down at the parent’s house.
The film definitely hits it’s high notes here as the invitations go out to all their former classmates – including as the scene stealer once again here as in Trainwreck, the how shall we say – robust – drug dealer Pazuzu (John Cena), to whom Kate has got her eye set on in some truly hilarious moments. As for Maura, well she’s got the charming nice guy love interest James (Ike Barinholtz), and they get themselves in the big ‘this-is-so-wrong moment’ of the film. Even high school mean-girl Brinda (Maya Rudolph) appears, although she is most definitely not on the guest list.
As predicted, the party is soon out-of-control, so much so that the future homeowners might only be left with an entirely demolished home, sinkhole and all. There is mass destruction and a plowed-through dry wall. There’s also more token sad comedy bits than probably needed ending this.
A pre-party moment that stands out for me is a flat out hysterical nail salon visit with Hae-Won (Greta Lee), that had me rolling in my seat. Along with John Leguizamo’s character Dave, who’s never quite let go of his high-school party ways, the notable SNL cast members who do their bits are fun. There’s Bobby Moynihan playing an always “on” never-funny aspiring comedian Alex, who accidentally hoovers up some futuristic combo of blow and heroin and literally goes bananas.
“Sisters” has a hard time stopping once the party has ended, but when it’s moving as an out-of-control party stacked with people worrying about getting old, it knows how to move. When it’s not, the story becomes a bit lackluster.
Review Screening: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 ~ Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Nationwide release: Friday, December 18, 2015
6 thoughts on “REVIEW: “SISTERS” (2015) Universal Pictures”
Sound read as always, Peggy. I agreed with you for the most part. Found this boring until the actual party started, even with Fey and Poehler’s chemistry.
But, I was rolling during some scenes at the party! But John Cena needs more screentime.
Thanks as always!!! I saw your posting of it on Monday, so I saved it as my screening was Tues, then had to post review..Was LITERALLY just going to read it now..hahahaha I had a feeling we’d agree on it ..
I think you said it best though I thought of it a little higher: The laughs, save for a but or two in the beginning by John L, don’t really get going until the party starts.
Yeah.. our grades are comparable though as you know I have a slippery scale on these things.. but C+ is above average..and I thought that was fair as my B’s go into big – time film range.. ha!
Great post 🙂 I have not seen Sisters yet, but whether I do or not, I have already seen a great Amy Poehler film this year which is an animated film entitled Inside Out and I often tell people that it is my absolute favorite Pixar film of all-time 🙂 Back to your review though, Poehler and Fey are very talented and funny so even If this film does not work out, it will not hurt their careers. Far from it. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂
Thanks John!!! this is a pretty decent comedy and your right..even if it was awful, which it’s not, it wouldn’t hurt their careers!! I love them both!