Written by Yosra Osman

Arts

Review: Sisters

Yosra Osman takes a look at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s latest cinema outing. You know, that film that’s not Star Wars.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters. Photo: KC Bailey/Universal Pictures.

Sibling revelry: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters. Photo: KC Bailey/Universal Pictures.

With Star Wars dominating the box office – and the internet – you’ve got to feel sorry for those other films dithering about in a state of cinematic limbo. Sisters only really had a few days before it was obliterated, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s latest comedy is still around for those who aren’t keen on Ewoks and stormtroopers.

Directed by Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore, Sisters is the vulgar, laddy party film with a feminist spin. Instead of Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill, we have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two genuinely funny comedians who are probably more famous for their excellent TV work and hosting the Golden Globes. Here they play the Ellis sisters, who are horrifyingly displeased when their parents announce they are selling the family home. Determined to go out in style, they return to host one last blow-out, inviting old friends who, now married with kids, may be past their partying prime.

Fey and Poehler are, in general, a tour-de-force comedy pairing. Smart, charismatic, funny, the Saturday Night Live alumni have worked wonders as a duo and individually. Fey’s 30 Rock is an award-winning favourite, while Poehler’s Parks and Recreation is the much-loved darling that beat the constant threat of cancellation to achieve a devoted following.

And it is Fey and Poehler who make Sisters work. They have brilliant chemistry and are utterly believable as the two sisters: Fey as the wilder, irresponsible Kate and Poehler as the sensitive, shy Maura. The party is an excuse for them to switch roles; supplied with copious amounts of booze and drugs, it’s a chance for them to let loose in sufficiently crude style.

Sisters is funny in places, bringing laugh-out-loud gags with some of the dialogue between Fey and Poehler. It is clear they are having a great time, while James Brolin and Dianne Wiest are also a particular riot as their parents. Unfortunately I can’t help but feel Fey and Poehler are worth more than the often formulaic slapstick going on around them. This may be because I adore their smarter TV work, but I was left with the impression that the film lets these two hilarious women down.

All in all, Sisters is still worth a festive trip to the cinema, especially if you want a few laughs. Just make sure you catch some 30 Rock or Parks and Rec if you want to see what these two women are really capable of.

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Written by Yosra Osman

Yosra Osman is a mid-twenties film fan and self-confessed daydreamer of dangerous proportions