“Sisters” opens Friday against “Star Wars” which is either a very smart or a very dumb thing to do. I think the producers are hoping that people who don’t want to don their Darth Vader garb and light sabers will want to party with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The next time these women throw a party, I really want to be there! I’ve gone to lots of parties but never one like this one!
Fey and Poehler reunite for “Sisters” a new film about two disconnected sisters, Kate and Maura Ellis, who are summoned home to Orlando, Florida to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents (Diane Wiest and James Brolin) sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic blow-out that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. Madison Davenport who plays Kate’s (Fey) daughter Haley is gorgeous but has the most serious role in the film which isn’t that serious.
The stars are supported by some very funny people. Ike Barinholtz is James. Greta Lee steals the show as Hae Won. Rachel Dratch was my favorite as Kelly who keeps getting thrown out of the party. I didn’t realize just how big John Cena was until he was standing next to Tina Fey. Cena portrays Pazuzu, a drug dealer. John Leguizamo is Dave a down and out drunk who hangs out at the liquor store. Bobby Moynihan plays an funny unfunny guy who tries to be the life of the party and fails.
The risque script was written by Paula Pell (TV’s Saturday Night Live writer) who has been saving all the F-Bombs she wanted to drop in SNL sketches over the years and crammed them into this one movie. Although there were a lot of really funny moments in “Sisters” I think a little less vulgarity would have served the film and these fabulous comedians better.
Director Jason Moore of Pitch Perfect fame directed “Sisters.”
Don’t leave the theatre too soon. Some of the funniest moments in the film come during the credits while they show the outtakes. They are hilarious and it shows that the cast and crew had a blast throughout the entire making of this film.
“Sister” opens Friday at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com.