THE dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back, this time in a comedy about two sisters. Best friends in real life, onscreen the pair are polar opposites: Fey is brassy hothead Kate to Poehler’s pragmatic Maura.
Leading widly dissimilar lives – Kate is a single mother who can’t keep a job, while Maura is a good- Samaritan nurse – the women come together for one final party at their childhood home. Doing it partly to spite their parents for selling the house, they round up the usual suspects from high school. It’s a recipe for hookups and decor destruction.
Fey and Poehler are great comics, frequently drawing Hollywood blood with their rapier- sharp wit. But in this comedy, which traffics in prurient jokes and flat slapstick, their chemistry is leaden, without lustre or spontaneity. What went wrong? Perhaps it’s the script that relies too heavily on cliché. It’s not a bad movie, just not Fey- and-Poehler standard.