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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.

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday December 18 2015
Duration: 118 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jason Moore
Screenwriter: Paula Pell
Cast: Tina Fey
Amy Poehler
Heather Matarazzo
Maya Rudolph

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I completely agree with this review - I was actually debating about giving it 2 stars instead of 3.

I went into this movie with really REALLY high expectations, mostly because I have really enjoyed the work that Amy and Tina have done (as well as the other cast members in the movie), and I was really excited that they were finally producing something together, in full movie form!

First thing I noticed was the the dialogue was really silly, the jokes were stupid (not in the good way), and it was long....REALLY long. This, coupled with the fact that it was predictable and cheesy meant that I went through the entire film contemplating whether I should walk out or not. 


I was debating between 3 and 4 stars for this because it's not a bad movie at all. I laughed pretty steadily throughout the entire things, which was surprising. Sometimes the fear with these comedies is all the funny parts are in the preview but this was not the case. Some of the dialogue was a little ridiculous (ie. the scene where Amy's character was hitting on the neighbor) but all in all I really enjoyed it for what it was, a light hearted comedy with a happy ending.