I didn’t like Amy Poehler until I finally gave Parks and Recreation a chance and it became one of my all time favorite sitcoms and earned Poehler my appreciation. I appreciate Tina Fey more and while I haven’t sat through 30 Rock, I do enjoy her writing quite a bit. So, when I saw Sisters was coming out I figured it would at least warrant some laughs. My wife and I finally gave the film a chance after renting it from Redbox and it did earn some laughs. However, I think Sisters falls safely into the Decent Watch rating.
Maura Ellis (Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Fey) decide to throw a house party in their family home before their parents sell it. They are opposites, but get along pretty well. Maura is still rebounding from a divorce and Kate is struggling to have a relationship with her daughter and get her life together.
There are definitely some very funny moments in the film. John Cena continues to surprise me in comedies. Every time he shows up in one he makes me laugh. The party scene has some really funny moments even though several of them are spoiled in the trailer. Along with Poehler and Fey is Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Moynihan among others. All of them have some extremely funny moments. The story in the film is simple, but for the most part fine. Nothing revolutionary, but it’s solid.
I didn’t really like Tina Fey’s character in the early part of the film as she was kind of overdoing the “I’m trashy” archetype. Not sure if the character was written poorly, or if she just didn’t know how to pull off that style of character. She does become less of a caricature as the film goes on and I ended up liking her by the end of the film.
I did enjoy this movie, but it wasn’t remarkable. I don’t really see watching it again unless it is on HBO or regular TV and I have nothing else to watch at that moment. The film is fine if you’re in the mood for a good comedy with a bit of bad language.