Party just the trick for Sis­ters

Western Suburbs Weekly - - FILM -

IT has been a long wait for a big-screen re­union of co­me­di­ans of the mo­ment and off-screen 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, mak­ing the wait bear­able.

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 mem­o­rable house party when they learn their folks have put their fam­ily home on the mar­ket.

It is a chance for Kate to re-live 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 mid­dleaged 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 run­ning time at the party, which nar­rows the scope. But scriptwriter Paula Bell in­jects pathos into the story, with thought­ful themes about age­ing and nos­tal­gia fleshed out.

John Cena makes a hi­lar­i­ous cameo and Ru­dolph tries her hard­est to steal the film from her co-stars and al­most suc­ceeds; watch­ing th­ese three hi­lar­i­ous women is a treat.

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.

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