RE­UNION A SUC­CESS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FILM -

IT has been a long wait for a big-screen re­union of co­me­di­ans of the mo­ment and off­screen gal pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Their first cinema cou­pling Baby Mama hap­pened back in 2008 but for­tu­nately we have been treated to the duo’s leg­endary Golden Globes host­ing du­ties in the mean­time.

Poehler and Fey es­sen­tially pull the old switcheroo on us in Sis­ters, the for­mer tak­ing the role of the ma­ture sen­si­ble one while the lat­ter plays the drop-kick whose life is a mess (it was the other way around in Baby Mama), but the two know what works and play to their strengths.

Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey) de­cide to have one last house party when they learn their folks have put their fam­ily home on the mar­ket.

It is a chance for Kate to re­live her for­mer wild-child ado­les­cence while Maura takes the op­por­tu­nity to let her hair down af­ter a re­cent di­vorce and pur­sue cutie James (Ike Bar­in­holtz).

Ev­ery­thing threat­ens to make the shindig a disas­ter, from the mel­lowed middle- aged guests to schem­ing so­cialite Brinda (Maya Ru­dolph), who was not in­vited, try­ing to get it shut down.

Sis­ters gets off to a shaky start - gags miss the mark - but ap­ply­ing a col­lege party con­text to a mid-life cri­sis story is fun and once it finds its stride, it is a hoot.

The film chooses to spend most of its run time at the party, which nar­rows the scope, how­ever scriptwriter Paula Bell in­jects pathos into the story with thought­ful themes about ag­ing and nos­tal­gia fleshed out.

The eight-year wait for Poehler and Fey to co-star in an­other film was worth it and hope­fully it is not so long next time.

Com­edy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are re­united on the big screen in Sis­ters.

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