Dee Discusses: Sisters

Posted: January 18, 2016 by Dee in Dee, General Media, Movies, New Movies, Reviews
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There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I will watch anything that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is in. Legit. I will watch it if they are separate, but if they are together, it is an immediate ticket buy. These two are incredible, brilliant, funny, and light up my life. And I liked Sisters! I thought it was fun and raunchy. It feels like these two have been waiting forever to get a chance to do a rated R movie and let their dirtiest stuff free, since they’re usually restrained for normal TV. While their characters are wacky and not really people I probably would like to know in real life, I had an enjoyable few hours with them. The sight gags were by far the best part of this. I do feel like it could have been better, but more on that in a bit.

Sisters is about Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey) who are very put out by the fact their parents (Dianne Wiest and James Brolin) are selling their childhood home. In many ways they are in arrested development, they haven’t quite grown out of their teen years. Maura is awkward and shy, and Kate has the maturity of a sixteen year old. Kate used to be a big partier and was very popular in school, while her sister was responsible, straight edge, and always the Mom of the group. Maura likes her job but she wants to find a new love interest, and she’s the one her parents turn to for practical things. In this case, they want her to break it to Kate about the house. Kate got fired again for her attitude, and she’s struggling to prove herself a worthy mother for her daughter Haley (Madison Davenport). Haley keeps disappearing on her mother to try and find some normalcy, which hurts Kate a great deal. At first she decides to move home to provide something stable for them. When that doesn’t seem likely, and they’re annoyed by the new buyers, they decide to throw one big last bash. Maura wants to take this opportunity to go wild for once, and Kate agrees to be the DD.


Maura is also having some sparks with James (Ike Barinholtz) who lives down the street and finds her charming. They invite all their old high school friends. At first it’s a very boring party because they’ve all become adults, but Kate convinces them to just let go and be wild again. She probably didn’t expect them to go as wild as they do! Being sober makes her realize how much it sucks and she has new respect for her sister. However, their parents say Kate can have money  from the proceeds of the sale to get her life back together. When Kate finds out that her daughter has been staying with Maura all this time, while her sister knows she’s been worrying, they get in a real fight. Of course like most screwball comedies it all works out in the end, they make up, Maura gets the guy, and they apparently live happily ever after.

I didn’t mention that Brinda (Maya Rudolph) is Kate’s rival and tries to sabotage them often. She is a pretty funny character but I felt bad for her a lot of the time. This is a fun but simple movie. The girls are a little odd and they definitely don’t seem their age, but there are a lot of laugh out loud moments. We all enjoy movies where people just go crazy for a little while, and come to their senses later on. A lot of well known celebs show up here, most of them from SNL or Poehler and Fey’s other work. They’re all entertaining. Overall it’s a solid B movie. I think if you like the two of them it’ll be a good experience, but I can’t say that it really wowed me. I’m not sure they even wanted it to? They wanted to provide something weird and raunchy, and they did. I kind of wish Trainwreck took some of the chances here. I was disappointed in that movie, which I wrote about before, just because it played it very safe. This duo does not play it safe, they go for it, and I appreciate that. I don’t think I’ll see it again, but I’m glad I went for this one.


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