No matter when or where it is, when you put Tina Fey and Amy Poehler together, there's going to be laughs. No matter how poorly made it is, or how few rehearsals they've had, or even what the topic of conversation is, the two are going to get you laughing. It's practically inevitable. With Sisters, they've done it again. They had me laughing. It's your typical Poehler-Fey team up, but it works oh so very well.
The film follows the story of Maura Ellis (Amy Poehler) and her sister Kate (Tina Fey). The two are as close as sisters can get, despite having rather different personalities. Kate spent her teenage years getting drunk and partying, whereas Maura was the one who made sure nobody got hurt and that the party was under control the whole time. Now, their parents have decided to sell their childhood home, and they are not okay with this decision. Upon finding out, the two begin to reminisce about their youth, and it's doing this that gives them the idea to throw one last house party before it's sold off for good. This time around, however, their roles are reversed, Kate becoming the "party mum" and Maura letting her freak fly. What on Earth could possibly go wrong?
Thanks to the two lead's comedic chemistry, Sisters is a film that actually works. With no restrictions on just how crude this film can be, the two just go at it, giving off everything they've got. They're not toning down any of the humour and it works. It's a teen party movie, but without the teens. Instead, we get a cast of actors and actresses who are all in their 40s, or close enough to it. It's ridiculous, but it works, Fey and Poehler really carrying this movie. They're the only reason this film is remotely watchable.
The supporting cast do their best, and they all have their moments to shine, but none manage to be nearly as consistent as Fey and Poehler. Maya Rudolph is the film's antagonist. She's the childhood friend of their characters and she's back with a vengeance, hoping to shut their party down. Her character is as clichéd as they come, but she gets a few laughs. They're never big laughs, but I did chuckle from time to time. The same can be said with Poehler's love interest in the film, played by Ike Barinholtz, as well as John Leguizamo's character.
The humour works well, excluding the first fifteen or so minutes, but in terms of filmmaking skills, there's not a lot on display. There's no real display of skill here, the film relying entirely on the jokes to get audiences to like it. The shots are generic and the directing is stale, and it's really only the charisma of the leads that keeps this movie going. It's a predictable and overlong series of medium close ups and while it's undeniably funny, there's just nothing really special about it. I mean, it does have John Cena though, so I guess I can give it a pass.
To sum up, Sisters is a mediocrely made movie that doesn't have a lot going for it aside from the hilarious leads and occasionally chuckle-worthy supporting cast. Yes, I enjoyed this movie more than The Revenant. I don't care what you think about that.