A Predictable, Yet Sweet, ‘Sisters’ Relationship

A Predictable, Yet Sweet, 'Sisters' Relationship

Rayner Reinhardt and Katrina Bucher

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back, working side-by-side in the new, raging comedy Sisters. This movie revolves around (yup, you guessed it) two sisters who want to revisit their youth when they find out that their parents are selling the childhood home in Orlando,FL.

Poehler stars as the younger sister, Maura, who never got to experience the roaring party life of her teenage years, as she was always the designated “party mom” whose role was to take care of the guests and keep everything in line. On the other hand, her sister Kate, played by Fey, was the hot-headed, irresponsible older sister who was always the life of the party.

Now on their own, Maura has a successful career as a nurse while Kate struggles as a single mom and hairdresser. After finding out their parents are planning to sell their childhood home, the sisters head back to the house to throw one last “Ellis Island” high school party to give Maura the night she never had. They invite all their old high school classmates who ultimately let loose and connect with their young and wild sides. But things go downhill, when Kate and Maura’s parents, along with Kate’s daughter, find them partying like teenagers and the house trashed.

This movie was released as the season’s best comedy, and it is, especially with the hilarious cast featured. It’s made up of many alumni or present cast members of the comedy-sketch show Saturday Night Live. Fey, Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch are all notable alumni of the show, while cast members today, like Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon are also part of the cast. This is definitely used to the comedy’s advantage as all of these present actors have experience with comedy roles and really know how to portray their characters. It’s also funny to the viewer to see a reunion of one of the best shows around.

Other cast members enhance the movie as well, such as guest appearances by WWE superstar John Cena, and well-known actress Dianne Wiest.  Since these people are fan-favorites of many, it’s fun to see them embody characters that one can laugh with. Cena portrayed a tough drug dealer while Wiest was the fun-loving mother of the sisters. Not only did were they funny, but also brought about conflicts and plot that overall enhanced the story line.

The plot of the movie may seem all too familiar as a couple of adults want to live like their younger, but Sisters did a surprisingly good job of keeping the viewers hooked. Not only did the sisters party hard, but old classmates kept them busy with responsibility as problems were made every other minute, involving drugs, alcohol, and fights. Because of this rowdy content, the movie definitely deserves its R-rating.

Romance was infused into the comedy plotline, as Maura wants to find a man with whom she can finally settle down. While back in her hometown, she meets James [Ike Barinholtz], who is a neighbor to her old childhood home. Although James was a nice guy, his character was a little bland. His presence pretty much extended to that–his presence. He followed along with what Maura did, and provided himself as a petty love interest, therefore making the romance unimportant and taking away from the comedic plot.

While watching the movie, the characters happened to be very predictable, which made watching some parts of the movie seem like a drag. Often times, the audience found themselves waiting for something else to happen. Kate was the crazy one, Maura the innocent one, and James the stunning love interest. When the sisters were fighting, everyone knew that they were going to make up in time and go back to their loving sister relationship. The characters were easy to bond with, but then again, so were the other thousand characters we’ve all seen before.

The movie features two strong female leads (Poehler and Fey) which definitely enhanced the movie. Neither of the women had boyfriends or husbands, and when Maura went after James she showed him that she wasn’t going to be taken advantage of. Both of the strong, independent characters showed audiences of all ages that ‘we women don’t need no man’. The roaring party is also hosted by both of the lovely lady characters, contrary to many other movies and TV shows that have men as the party animals. Again, women are shown as the strong and independent figures.

Sisters wasn’t all what it was worked up to be, and Amy and Tina could do better, but it was a pretty good comedy for the season. If you’re up for a wild comedy with some predictable, but sweet, sister moments, then it’s recommend that you go to see Sisters in theaters.