Time Out says
Comedy queens Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stars as mismatched sisters in a comedy that squanders their talents.
If Tina Fey and Amy Poehler didn’t have such an awesome track record of making groundbreaking comedy, their averagely funny and just-good-enough latest wouldn’t be such a letdown. Watching Sisters, you smile like a maniac every time they appear onscreen, only to wait for gags that drag their heels.
Fey is chaotic, irresponsible Kate, who barely holds down a job as a hairdresser. Poehler is Maura, the serious sibling. When their parents sell the family house in Florida, they’re summoned back to Orlando to clear out their bedrooms. Instead they throw the mother of all parties.
Maybe the missing ingredient is a Fey-Poehler dream-team script. Writing duty instead falls to their Saturday Night Live teammate Paula Pell, who nails the regression we all slip into when visiting our childhood homes: raiding the fridge and throwing major-league teenage tantrums (regardless of age). But these characters are nowhere near as sharp as Fey and Poehler’s TV sitcom women (Liz Lemon of 30 Rock and Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation). There are a couple of golden laughs: Maya Rudolph is hysterical as the bitchy girl in class who has grown up to become a property mogul. But Sisters is too strained for a film starring two of the most hilarious people alive.
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