America’s queens of comedy throw a party to remember: BRIAN VINER believes Sisters is bawdy but hillarious
An irrepressibly bawdy, sometimes hilarious comedy in the same vein as Paul Feig’s 2011 smash hit Bridesmaids, Sisters stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as middle-aged siblings Kate and Maura, aghast when their parents Bucky and Deanna Ellis (perfectly played by James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) decide to sell the family home in Orlando.
When Kate (Fey) and Maura (Poehler) were growing up there, the house was a notorious venue for wild, so-called ‘Ellis Island’ parties, and so they resolve to turn the clock back and enjoy one final fling before the strait-laced new owners move in.
But this time, Maura, the goody-two-shoes when they were young and now a prissy divorcee with control-freak tendencies, wants to go crazy, which was always the preserve of the reckless, still feckless Kate. Reluctantly, Kate agrees to be the responsible ‘party mom’.That detail aside, it’s not exactly original cinematic territory: adults raging against the ageing process by behaving like teenagers again. Another film with the same theme — The Night Before with Seth Rogen — arrived on our screens just last week. But this one, directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), is much funnier.
That’s partly because of the easy rapport between Fey and Poehler, whose long-established comic partnership extends from the American TV institution Saturday Night Live to their joint-hosting of the Golden Globe awards.
But Sisters is also very nicely written by Paula Pell, another alumna of Saturday Night Live. I laughed out loud in instant recognition at one beautifully observed gag; the sisters’ aged parents grappling with the technological miracle that is Skype.
A strong supporting cast includes Maya Rudolph, who was also in Bridesmaids, and I expect everyone who liked that film will like this one. Whether to the tune of the near $300 million that Bridesmaids raked in at the global box office is another matter.
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