Sisters (15)

Two dysfunctional sisters decide to throw the party to end all parties before their childhood home is sold. What follows is a night of carnage and depravity that threatens to destroy their relationship forever.

Maura (Amy Poehler) is a killjoy. When she isn’t working as a nurse she makes inspirational cards and hands them out to be people. She’s a total pill. Then there’s her sister Kate (Tina Fey) who is a walking trainwreck. She struggles to keep down a job and look after her daughter because of her partying ways. The Ellis sisters couldn’t be more different; Maura needs to let loose and Kate needs to cut back on the fun.

When they discover that their parents are selling their childhood home the sisters decide to throw one last blow out party. Kate is determined to get her divorced sister back in the dating game and quit being so tightly wound. So she agrees the stay sober for the entire party and takes Maura’s usual ‘party Mom’ role looking after everyone. But that might be one promise the party animal just can’t keep when her nemeses Brinda (Maya Rudolph) crashes the party.

With her sights set on hunky neighbour James (Ike Barinholtz), Maura is ready to get crazy and have the greatest house party ever, no matter the consequences…

Remember when you were a child are you really wanted that amazing toy? You whined and whined but when you eventually got it, you were disappointed as hell. I mean it looked so much better on the TV. Unbeknown to you, like a McDonald’s burger it had been covered in an artificial sheen making it look so much better than it was. In reality you were left with a pretty crappy product.

That’s how I feel about Sisters. When I heard that the stars of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation were making a movie together I thought I’d hit the jackpot. I was expecting a Bridemaids-esque comedy minus the depressing crying on the sofa scenes. How comedy legends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler created this steaming turd of a movie is beyond me.

The strange choice of male lead doesn’t help matter either. Don’t get me wrong in The Mindy Project Ike Barinholtz is funny, very funny in fact. But is he leading man material? Simply put, no he is not. He just makes the whole thing that bit more awkward.

Sisters lacks that certain spark that Fey and Poehler create whether performing as a duo or alone. It was really that funny either, in fact it was cringe-worthy at times. The dynamic duo failed to deliver which is disappointing. I would have expected more from the besties.

By Ruth Walker
★★☆☆☆

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