Two sisters have one last party in their old family home.
Sisters is a pretty average comedy, made more memorable by a pair of leading ladies that are just effortlessly entertaining.
It’s no stretch to say that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make the film. Working together for the umpteenth time (two previous movies and several awards shows), they’ve got great chemistry and bring along the comic timing and charm which have seen them become two of the most successful funnyladies around.
The rest of the film is mostly fine – there are some decent supporting players and I’m starting to find John Cena oddly hilarious – but it’s all a bit minor. Two grownups decide to try to recapture their youth in their family home. There’s a party, things get a little bit r-rated, then it’s over.
Director Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) keeps things ticking over and mounts a number of fairly hilarious moments but at 118 minutes the whole affair is far too long for its somewhat minor story.
That said, it tackles issues we don’t often see on the big screen, particularly as it focuses on two female leads and also includes the odd insight into older life through the parent characters played by James Brolin and Dianne Wiest. That flipside is enough to keep things mostly interesting, without the film ever really diving into dramedy territory.
It’s not destined to be a comedy classic, and its positioning at Christmas and opposite Star Wars seems like an odd choice, but Sisters is an entertaining enough flick, especially if you’re a fan of the leads.