Sisters: A Review
In many ways, Sisters is a comedy that audiences have seen countless times before and simply never seem to tire of the same themes and extremely similar jokes. But, what makes Sisters stand out from an array of similar comedies, is the relationship between Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey, which is radiant when they share the same screen.
Penned by dynamically funny, Paula Pell, as well as being directed by Pitch Perfect royalty, Jason Moore, Sisters should, in theory, be a revolutionary comedy. However, for some bizarre reason, it falls flat with audiences.
Following the lives of two sisters, Poehler as the uptight Maura Ellis and Fey as her dysfunctional sister, Kate. Both are stuck in a state of arrested development and – outraged at their parents’ decision to sell their family home – returns to throw one last ‘Ellis Island’ party.
The set-up is incredibly simplistic and characters details such as Maura’s divorce and occupation as a nurse are notably functional rather than for real depth to the plot. The obvious focus of the film is the extended party section, making the scenes around this feel neglected and overlooked.
The script itself is snappy, with Poehler and Fey delivering everything in their imitable styles. However, for a film of this ilk, the gag-hit-rate is notably low and tends to fall flat to its audience.
There are some pretty sweet moments between Poehler and her love-interest James (Ike Barinholtz) and, while definitely not the most sophisticated of humour, their story offers some of the biggest laughs, especially during their disastrous make out session.
The run time also offers some issues. 118 minutes feels simply too long at times, but excellent pop-ups of past and present SNL cast members such as Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moynihan and Maya Rudolph are brilliant additions to an otherwise lacklustre film. Additionally, John Cena’s performance combined with his appearance earlier this year in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck highlights promise for more comic roles for him.
Sisters is a thoroughly standard-fare American comedy, with nothing particularly ground-breaking happening throughout the film. While Poehler and Fey both deliver a host of hilarious moments, many viewers will find themselves pining for Leslie Knope and Liz Lemon.