The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - – May Chiam

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.

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