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Movie Review: Sisters

By Alexandra Mitchell on Sep 8, 2016 to New Movies

HBO Saturday night premiere of Sisters debuts Saturday SEPTEMBER 10 at 8:00pm.

Actually, I hadn’t seen the trailer for this film when it was first going around. A few TV spots had popped up, but those did not do much to show any points of the story or what was actually going to happen. If I wasn’t convinced to check this film out from the fact it is Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, the trailer certainly convinced me.

The “good” daughter Maura (Amy Poehler) finds out that her parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) are interested in selling their home. The same home in which Maura and her sister Kate (Tina Fey), the “wild” daughter, threw some legendary parties. Intent on persuading them to keep the home, Maura enlists Kate to visit Orlando to help convince them to stay. Once arrived in Orlando, the sisters discover the house has already been sold and they have a few days left to clear out their stuff. Wanting one last hurrah, the dynamic duo throw one last basher hoping to sway the sale of the home.  Things gets wild, people get crazy, and this movie proves no one hits your sister but you.

The cast is outstanding. Some of comedy’s best playing not only the leads, but the rest of the supporting cast as well. Even just with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, I was sold.  In my opinion, it brings back the best of SNL‘s Weekend Update with these fantastic comediennes. Poehler has lots of experience playing the “good girl” following her work on Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope. But Fey hits it out of the park as the bratty “bad girl” who is struggling through life and trying to fix her falling apart relationship with her daughter. The two feed off each other in a brilliant way. I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t much of a script and the two ad-libbed their lines.

The supporting cast also featured incredible comedy actors.  Brolin and Wiest as the confused parents are delightful. These two actors also play husband and wife in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.  Between the two works, I think these actors have proven their undeniable comedy chemistry. The guest list for the Ellis Island bash features many awesome actors, including many SNL alums like Rachel Dratch, Bobby Moynihan, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Parnell.  John Cena and John Leguizamo also hang around the fringes providing more laughs and Ike Barinholtz makes a fantastic love interest for Poehler.

The heart of the movie is not only the relationship between sisters, but Kate’s relationship with his daughter Haley. Played by Madison Davenport, the young girl has a strained relationship with her chaotic  mother. She has taken to staying away from her mother’s place because Kate tends to just crash with friends. Kate is trying to start over and wants to make things right, but she doesn’t really understand how fed up Haley is. It is a moment for a mother and daughter to fully understand each other and what they need from each other.

Another great perk of the film is a pretty solid soundtrack. The party beats get going and it meshes well with the atmosphere of the film and overall fun. I highly recommend this film. If you’ve ever watched Poehler and Fey on SNL, you should see this film.  If you like buddy movies or family movies, you should see this film.  If you have eyes, you should probably see this film. Remember, you can do just that when Sisters debuts on 09.10.

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