Friday, July 15, 2016

Sisters (2015)

Director: Jason Moore
Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Cena, John Lequizamo, Bobby Moynihan, Greta Lee, Madison Davenport, Rachel Dratch

The Ellis' are selling up their home and moving to a retirement village while forcing their two grown daughters, the irresponsible Kate (Fey), who struggles to maintain a job and a relationship with her teenage daughter, and Maura (Poehler), a recently divorced nurse who focuses mainly on her career. Once back in their old house, they soon get the idea to have one last party with their old friends.

Like Bridesmaids, this sets out to prove that women can succeed in comedy as much as men and after a frightening unfunny start, that looks to head down the same path as their previous collaborating Baby Mama, it picks up pace and turns out to be a fun ride. When on screen together, Fey and Poehler find it difficult to get the laughs and it's their banter with the other cast that brings that winning formula, especially with Lee's Hae-Won character.

The leads' former Saturday Night Live cast members Rudolph, Moynihan, Dratch, Kate McKinnon and Chris Parnell appear as does Paula Pell, an advanced writer on SNL and producer on Fey's 30 Rock, who also wrote the script. Moore previously directed Pitch Perfect and theatre production of Shrek the Musical. If I was to vote, I would say this was better than Bridesmaids, but who am I to judge?


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