It’s finally happened! Queens of comedy, Tina Fey (30 Rock, Mean Girls) and Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation, Mean Girls) (or Tina Bae, and Bae-my Poehler as this writer affectionately refers to them) have teamed up to bring us the best buddy comedy of all time. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year.
Fey and Poehler portray (spoiler!) sisters Kate and Maura Ellis, respectively, who fly to their childhood neighbourhood after their parents announce their intentions to sell the family home. Typically, one sister is a charitable, stable-career-holding, sensible lady, while the other is a more loose, chaotic, between-jobs, wild child. The sisters throw one final party in their old home, and learn a lot about themselves, and each other, in the process.
The movie pays fan service to those who enjoyed these ladies’ earlier work, including 30 Rock, Parks & Rec., SNL in the form of many familiar faces from these shows and others who pop up and surprise us (as well as a cameo from the one and only John Cena!). True to form, Fey and Poehler have produced a layered comedy with so many belly laughs ranging from straight-up slapstick to blink-and-you’ll-miss-it background gags. I admit, I was worried about the physical comedy; I’m not usually a fan of wacky, unrealistic situations but Sisters absolutely nailed it with a perfect blend of the ridiculous and those awkward situations we’ve all been in before. That flustered attempt at flirting hits home with every viewer.
To describe this film as “a laugh a minute” does it a disservice; “a laugh every few seconds” is closer to the truth. Thats not to say its lacking in depth, there are touching moments between Tina Fey and her onscreen daughter, and the real-life sisterhood between Fey and Poehler is as clear as day. Having worked together closely for the better part of twenty years, these ladies have developed a best-friendship truly deserving of the title: Squad Goals. Their performances are all the more enjoyable for those of us who have watched them co-host The Golden Globes, or read the chapters dedicated to each other in their respective autobiographies, because there are no two women in Hollywood who could more accurately portray that bond that only sisters can have, than Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Rating – 90%
Director – Jason Moore
Cast – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz
Genre – Comedy
Running time – 118 minutes
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