'Sisters' Review: Remember who you are and be that you

Chad White
Loves: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Likes: Paula Pell and everyone else from SNL
Dislikes: How much no one knows my love for Tina and Amy
Hates: That Star Wars overshadowed this movie

I’m a yes!

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Tina Fey and Amy Poehler leading a movie together. 2008’s Baby Mama gave a tame look at the mainstream appeal of one of this past decade’s top comedy duos. In the time between the positively received and the new movie, Sisters, Fey and Poehler have both led their own highly successful network shows and lead their own movies. On top of that, they’ve produced dozens of other projects and gathered some of the best comedic talent together in said projects. But how does one top critically received television excursions when they’re inevitably compared and judged against your movies? It’s easy: by really utilizing that R rating. Sisters gets away with a lot from the coarse language to increasingly expanding scenes of adult humor. “But that’s how all R rated movies are supposed to be.” But Sisters feels natural in execution as the two leads head an all star cast of funny women and men.

Fey and Poehler star as sisters Kate and Maura respectively. Unlike Baby Mama, Fey’s character is the immature one unwilling to grow up and Poehler’s is uptight and responsible. They’re backed up by Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Madison Davenport, John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan and a slew of others. Ike Barinholtz play’s Poehler’s love interest who is utilized as much as a romantic partner would be. That is to say that Barinholtz has as much to do as he is given, a role usually reserved for the woman in other romcoms. And Dianne West and James Brolin play Poehler and Fey’s parents, carrying evey scene they’re in. Seriously, Sisters suffers very little in terms of casting. It’s like a Judd Apatow movie without the morals.

Issues do arise, however. The story has an uneven flow, fluctuating from a bubbly comedy to a dry wit parade. Some lines and jokes just don’t work and you hope this ends up being a script problem and not a improved line they happened to keep in. Writer Paula Pell has a knack for finding what works in the scene but characters either come off as cartoony in nature or try-hards. And director Jason Moore seems more at home on television than on the big screen. He may have struck gold with Pitch Perfect but here, he is off a bit. The combination of both make Sisters come off as a big budget TV movie. With that said though, Sisters is funnier than most other comedy movies this year. It just suffers from blind spots in jokes and uneven direction.

Should you watch Sisters?

First and foremost yes, you should watch this movie. However, be wary of the slower parts. When they hit, you’ll know. The cast is ultimately the best part of the entire movie. Cameos and moments of “holy crap, I can’t believe she said that!” often take moviegoers by surprise. Give it a go.

Notes

John Cena is in everything this year. Everything. My next review proves it.

Dianne West and James Brolin play husband and wife on CBS’s wonderful Life in Pieces. NO ONE IS MENITONING THIS AT ALL. Did casting say “Hey, they’re already near us, let’s shoot?” Or are the two of them really married? OR are they a part of the multiverse??

There were a few cameos-turned-small-amount-of-lines parts (i.e. Jon Glaser) where characters just kind of lingered until the end of the movie.

Tina Fey clearly isn’t old enough to have a daughter that old.