Sisters review

Director:

  • Jason Moore

Cast:

  • Amy Poehler
  • Tina Fey
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Ike Barinholtz
  • John Leguizamo
  • Rated: R

Like the title says, in this movie Amy Poehler and Tina Fey play two sisters, Maura and Kate, who are each going through struggles in their own lives. At the onset of the movie, they are given another issue to deal with when they find out their parents are selling their childhood home.

When the siblings are tasked with taking care of the house for a weekend before it’s sold, though, they decide to have one last hurrah with a crazy party. As usual with party movies, insanity ensues.

The latest piece of work from the comedy duo of Poehler and Fey isn’t without its flaws. However, this comedy still works, mainly because of just how humorous many of the scenes were. There is a good mix in the comedy that is delivered, dealing with a variety of topics from age to nostalgia and even high school drama coming back later.

Unfortunately, as previously stated, the movie does have flaws, with the biggest one being the whopping 118 minute runtime. Some comedies can get away with being close to two hours when there is a lot going on, but with a simple party movie, there’s plenty that can be trimmed.

Because of the lengthy runtime, the film’s third act feels a bit stretched thin and it has a case where there are too many endings.

Like usual, Poehler and Fey have tremendous chemistry with each other and the two are really good in exchanging quick, snappy dialogue. Additionally, the two fit in with their roles, too. There is a definite sense that these characters grew up together.

While the two leading ladies were good, though, a lot of credit has to be given to the supporting cast. John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan and Maya Rudolph were all hilarious and stole the show in a few scenes. The film even had a great comedic performance from John Cena.

Ike Barinholtz, who plays the love-interest for Poehler, was also good with many of their scenes being convincing.

“Sisters” works as a funny party movie that is only dragged down because of its length and a stretched third act. 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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