Party just the trick for Sisters
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.