Universal Pictures will have you crying with laughter the whole time while watching ‘Sisters,’ starring the super hilarious Saturday Night Live (SNL) alums, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Screenwriter, Paula Pell certainly nailed her screenplay as the film gave the audience a comic relief with non-stop continuous jokes from the beginning to the very end of the film. For this type of film, Director, Jason Moore smartly casted Fey and Poehler as the leading roles and other former (and current) SNL stars as Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, and Rachel Dratch as the supporting characters. It is safe to say this movie could be considered an SNL reunion!
‘Sisters’ tells the story of two middle-aged sisters, Kate (Fey) and Maura (Poehler) Ellis who are both settled down and moved out of their childhood home years ago. Kate is a single mother, lives in a makeshift apartment with hardly a real job, and has a life of a party. On the other hand, Maura is divorced, with a job and lives in a middle class apartment. After the two sisters learn their parents have put their house up for sale, they decide to step into the past and throw ultimate high school-like house party. They invite everyone they know (and run into) such as “the hot guy down the street”, all of their high school Facebook friends and the lady at the nail salon. To their parents’ knowledge, the sisters are cleaning out their bedrooms for two days before the new owners move in.
The house party takes up about 75 percent of the film, which makes it incredibly entertaining to watch. At the party, the rest of the supporting characters are introduced. Kate McKinnon plays Sam, a tomboy party-goer. Rachel Dratch’s character, Kelly, is an overly emotional anxious women who doesn’t want to age. Maya Rudolph’s character, Brinda, the former high school “mean girl” attends the party without the sisters knowing. Bobby Moynihan’s character, Alex, is a dorky former high school class clown who accidentally gets his hands on substance.
Each former SNL stars have their moment of stardom in a scene or two. Maya’s character, Brinda, for instance, retaliates after learning the fact that she wasn’t invited to the party. Brinda calls the cops for noise complaint and pours blue house paint in the pool’s water filter. Rudolph’s portrayal of the stereotypical high school “mean girl” is rather priceless.
Right from the very beginning of the film, viewers will continuously wonder how this house party will play out. Director Moore did an incredible job making a high-class mini mansion turn into an animal-like frat house such as a slip-n-slide made with garbage bags and washing machine detergent and party-goes like Alex, who gets a hold of crack, swearing to guests at the top of his lungs that his “hair is growing”. Meanwhile, Maura tries to flirt with “the hot guy down the street” in her childhood bedroom while Kate accepts “The Wall Challenge” proposed by guests by climbing the fireplace chimney wall in the center of the house.
Viewers should not take this film seriously as the party itself is an extremely unrealistic. When the house is destroyed with graffiti, beer puddles, broken windows and walls, the sister’s parent’s reactions could have been a whole lot better. Both the mother and father’s characters are way more liberal than most parents in real life. The comedic jokes and remarks made by the main characters certainly trumps the reality aspect of the film.
There is never a ‘dull’ moment in ‘Sisters.’ It’s certainly not your average low-budget, comedy film with a cliché ending. The amount of events that take place during the house party is what makes this film a success. Director James Moore’s idea of casting Fey and Poehler was brilliant. Since Fey and Poehler have an incredible on-screen chemistry, one could mistake them for sisters in real life. From sister bonding moments including Maura and Kate reading their high school diaries out loud while cleaning out their rooms to performing a 90’s like dance routine for their party guests, perhaps Fey and Poehler previously working on SNL together helped tremendously. ‘Sister’s’ is simply a movie about two adults who just want to breakaway from reality for one long, never-ending night before parting from a piece of their past.