Review by Siobhán Rich for Mr. Will Wong
Brace yourself for some shocking news: there is a great Movie opening this weekend that doesn’t involve droids, lightsaber fights, or Wookies. The unbeatable team of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey return to the big screen as Maura and Kate Ellis in Sisters, the Jason Moore directed comedy that will have audiences rolling in the aisles.
The Ellis sisters couldn’t be more different: Maura (Poehler) is a slightly awkward busybody who wants to help everyone from homeless strangers to family even if they don’t want the help; Kate (Fey) is a feckless, single mother whose own daughter has given up on her. When 40-somethings Maura and Kate learn their parents (played by James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) plan to sell their childhood home; the sisters decide to throw one last, great party with their old high school friends.
Director Jason Moore has assembled a phenomenal supporting cast for his two leading ladies including Samantha Bee, Rachel Dratch, Jon Glasser, John Leguizamo and Maya Rudolph. The best laughs, however, belong to Poehler and Fey whose years of friendship are evident in one of the most authentic displays of cinematic sisterhood in years. Chemistry like theirs can’t be faked.
Penned by Paula Pell, the script is punchy; even when Pell goes for the cheap laugh the payoff is worth it. Sisters should not be mistaken for as a mere Chick Flick as it stands on its own as one of the best comedies of the year.
Perhaps the biggest crime of the 2015 is pitting Sisters against that small indie Space Movie on its opening weekend. Do yourself a favour and make time to see this excellent comedy – you won’t be disappointed.
Universal Pictures Canada release SISTERS Friday, December 18, 2015.