When I found out that the movie showing in Reamer Auditorium this weekend was “Sisters” starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, I was excited to finally see the comedy that I had heard so much hype about.
However, when I tried to recruit some friends to come watch it with me, I was surprised when I heard from many people that the film was “overrated”, “boring” and simply “not that funny.” I had to check it out for myself.
“Sisters” was released in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015 and was a highly anticipated movie, considering the two stars of the film, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, have been huge comedic hits on Saturday Night Live since 2001. Although Poehler and Fey have worked together many a time on SNL, they have never starred in a movie together.
The film was directed by Jason Moore, who is a widely aclaimed American film director. He directed many well known comedies, one of which is the hilarious “Pitch Perfect.”
The film has had mixed reviews among critiques earning a mediocre 59% review on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.1 IMBD rating. It grossed 105 million. Sources such as The New York Times and The Washington Post deemed the movie good, but not exceptional.
The movie chronicles the lives of two close sisters as they learn that their parents have decided to sell their childhood home without their consent. Maura Ellis, played by Poehler, is deemed as the responsible younger sister, while Kate Ellis, played by Fey, is the wild and impulsive older sister who convinces Maura to throw one last party in their home to reminisce on their high school days. The party quickly spirals out of control, and the duo is obligued to find a way to restore their house before it can be sold.
Other big stars feautred in th film were Maya Rudolph as the bitter “uncool” girl and John Cena as the “too cool for school” druggie.
Personally, I thought that Poehler and Fey had amazing chemistry throughout the film. Their playful bickering and gossip-filled bubble baths portray a bond that any sisters in the crowd can relate to.
Although Poehler and Fey convey a sense of immaturity and innocence that any close pair of sisters always have, they also effectively facilitate an unbreakable bond by being there for one another.
Fey being the rebellious older sister, attempts to pry her younger sister our of her shell and actually experience a little bit of the wild side of life. As opposed to her, Poehler is the responsible and mature adult, urging her sister to step up and be the mother that her daughter so desperately needs. Although Poehler and Fey had an exceptional on screen relationship, there were few parts of the movie that I actually found humorous.
The whole plot line was off-putting, the excessive use of alcohol and drugs by adults who have children and a mortgage is not only weird, but also just arduous for viewers to relate to. The concept of hosting a party to salvage the “good ol’ days”as a method to mend your current issues is weak at best.
However, I did think that there were fleeting moments in the movie that salvaged it. My favorite part of the film was at the end. The entire family comes together in Maura and Kate’s parents’ new home for Christmas. It closes with highlighting the best part of this movie, Poehler and Fey’s evidently strong relationship. They reiterate the core theme of the movie by dancing together and stating, “A house is just a building, a home is a feeling.”