Director: Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Ike Barinholtz Verdict: Dream team never quite wakes up
TINA Fey and Amy Poehler have been two of the funniest people in the world for some time now.
Putting them together in another film makes perfect sense. After all, it’s been ages since the longtime friends and collaborators (not to mention best-ever Golden Globes hosts) teamed up so effectively in Baby Mama (2008).
So it comes as both a surprise and disappointment to report the Fey-Poehler screen reunion so many comedy fans have been hoping for is such an average effort.
While Sisters never dips anywhere near as low as the dreadful recent Will Ferrell debacle Daddy’s Home, this lazy, ladies-party-hard affair rarely plays to the considerable strengths of its two stars.
Little of note has been tried here aside from reversing the casting polarity of Baby Mama. Which means this time around, Fey is the slob and Poehler is the (relatively) straight one.
As the title declares, the pair are portraying siblings.
Kate (Fey) is aged somewhere around the 40-year-old mark, but has the emotional maturity and life-smarts of a teenager. She is able to make ends meet as a beauty therapist, but only just.
Maura (Poehler) has a steady job, a sunny outlook on life and, umm, that’s about it. If anything, the character is a pale photocopy of Poehler’s Leslie Nope persona from TV’s Parks & Recreation.
Kate and Maura have remained in touch over the years, but are about to become a whole lot closer now that their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) have announced they are soon to sell the family home.
Upon visiting the residence one last time, Kate and Maura get the bright idea to see the address off in style by hosting an all-night blow-out for all their old friends in the ’hood.
Have you seen this film before? Yes, you have. Therefore to up-sell these sub-Seth Rogen shenanigans, the great gags and big laughs just
have to keep coming in quick succession.
Though Sisters does briefly achieve the right levels of relentlessly reckless humour at the height of the aforementioned party, there are protracted spells either side of the main event where even a mild chuckle is hard to find.