REVIEW: Sisters

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Review by Dustin Heller

Sisters is the new comedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  The movie is directed by Jason Moore whose film directorial debut Pitch Perfect was a massive success in 2012.  Along with Fey and Poehler, the films cast is made up of Maya RudolphJohn LeguizamoIke BarinholtzJohn CenaJames Brolin and Dianne WiestSisters is rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use.

Sisters Katie and Maura Ellis have somewhat fallen on hard times, and to make matters worse they just found out that their parents are selling their childhood home.  They both decide to go to Orlando and visit the home one last time, but once nostalgia begins to stir up, the girls decide to have one last party.  They invite all of their old friends who are now grown up and have kids of their own.  This doesn’t have the makings of one of their classic parties from high school, but things are about to get crazy thanks to the help of Katie’s arch nemesis from high school who they neglected to invite.  With the house having already been sold, the Ellis girls are sending it off with a bang.

As a general rule, it is assumed that a comedy should make you laugh and allow you to have a good time at the movies, not make you annoyed and feel uncomfortable.  The movie Sisters breaks this rule in every way possible.  It is one of the worst comedies I’ve seen in years and didn’t find one single thing about the movie the least bit funny or amusing.

Tina Fey was terribly awkward and seemed way out of her comfort zone.  I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but Fey and Poehler were playing the wrong characters in the movie, they would have been much better playing opposite roles.  We have been seeing this trend with R-rated comedies for some time now and something has got to give.

Just saying curse words and showing bodily malfunctions is not comedy.  The only thing keeping me from giving this clunker an “F” is the small part played by John Cena (he is actually pretty good).  This is a movie that I will forget about sooner rather than later and hope to never speak of again.  Sisters is a really poor effort from two female comedy giants, and I hope things get better with whatever they both decide to do next.

Grade:  D-

Sisters opened in theaters on Friday, December 18

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