By LYNN BARKER
Front Row Features
“Sisters” provides a great blend of family drama, raunchy, but still funny physical humor and creative verbal barbs delivered with their usual chemistry by talented duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
When 30-something Ellis sisters Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler) discover that their parents (a wonderful Dianne Wiest and James Brolin) are selling the family home they grew up in, the siblings rush back there vowing to clean up their childhood rooms but hoping to stop the sale. When it becomes obvious that the new, upper-crusty buyer couple isn’t backing down, the Ellis sisters decide to party hearty one last time by throwing the last “Ellis Island” party; one that will rock the neighborhood and become legendary.
Kate is the “wild thing” party child of the duo, having gained that rep in high school while nurse Maura was and is the overly helpful, take-the-back-seat sis. Kate is determined that, for once, divorced Maura will get laid at a party at home in her own bedroom. James (Ike Barinholtz), a hot, beefy new handyman neighbor looks like a great candidate. Meanwhile, unable to keep a job due to her hair-trigger temper and potty mouth, hairdresser/stylist Kate is searching for her estranged teen daughter hoping to repair their relationship.
Kate is determined that Brinda (“Bridesmaid’s” Maya Rudolph) who dissed her in high school, will never get an invite to the party. Brinda shows up anyway and, of course, the party gets hilariously and wildly out of hand, especially when Kate discovers that sis Maura and her “missing” daughter have a secret. Will the entire Ellis family forgive and forget?
“Sisters,” directed by Jason Moore from a screenplay by Paula Pell, is especially relatable to those moviegoers growing up in the ‘80’s. The siblings’ childhood bedrooms are full of everything any teen girl treasured from that era including Michael J. Fox posters, Madonna music, hair scrunchies and juicy (well, at least in Kate’s case) diaries.
Half of the various-era cast of SNL is onboard as party-goers and all give the film their special comedic flair. John Leguizamo scores as that guy who can hook you up with party drugs and Rudolph is hilarious while gaining sympathy as Kate’s high school hater.
“Sisters” is the usual dumb teen party movie but replaces the raging teens with middle-aged angst gone wild and some family pathos. Without the excellently talented Fey and Poehler’s comic stylings, “Sisters” would be ordinary and, although not perfect, it is completely entertaining even though the movie’s ending is a little too long and saccharine. Turn off your brain, put on some spandex, get down with your bad self, party hearty and enjoy.