Sisters Review: A Funny Comedy With Limited Value

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The most important thing to remember going into Sisters is that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did not write this. These two friends are merely here just to have a good time. In that light, Sisters is a harmless comedy, though an uninspired one.

The setup is simple, the Ellis’ are selling the home their daughters grew up in. Maura (Poehler) is divorced and seemingly afraid to stray too far from her parents. Kate (Fey) is a mess, a mother more interested in boozing than mothering. They’re obvious foils who come together to throw one last rager in their childhood home with a bunch of their high school friends (lots of SNL people).

So yes, Sisters is essentially a big SNL reunion that allows all these former cast members to party together and exercise their abilities in physical comedy. This is not as smart of a film or TV series as Fey has ever written, and the first half crumbles under the fact that pretty much everything these two queens of comedy did before this was not only funnier but way more intelligent. It doesn’t help that Fey barely seems convinced herself that she can play a character akin to Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck lead.

But once the party starts, things get a lot more fun. SNL alums Bobby Moynihan, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch all get hysterical recurring characters that work best in the chaos of the party. But it’s ultimately Poehler who steals the show and rights the ship. The drunker her character gets, the more the actress reminds us that there may not be a better master of physical comedy or comedic timing in the business right now. Is it enough to save Sisters? Not entirely, but you’ll laugh, sometimes very hard. Grade: B

By Matt Dougherty

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