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Rated R · 118 min. · 2015


Sisters stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as Maura and Kate Ellis, terminally immature siblings whose empty-nester parents decide to finally sell their childhood home. Poehler sweetly plays the straight woman to Fey’s not-totally-believable middle-aged lady gone wild. It’s a completely competent comedy that occasionally hits some very funny notes, though it mostly stays within the tried-and-true formula of mainstream American comedy: toilet humor meets family values. Directed by Jason Moore, Sisters mobilizes a cadre of Saturday Night Live talent in bit parts, including Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Bobby Moynihan. Unfortunately, none of them are allowed enough screen time to really let their jokes rip. The famed chemistry between Poehler and Fey remains; it’s best expressed when they’re obviously going off script. The pair has an uncanny gift for physical comedy, but the script by Paula Pell seriously hampers Fey’s comedic gifts, stifling the brainy absurdist humor that is at the heart of her appeal and shoehorning her into the Sarah Silverman-esque territory of dick and pussy jokes. Fey and Poehler have been writing some of the best comedy of the aughts on 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, respectively. Television seems to be a more nurturing context than movies for weird talents like theirs. Though female comedians have gained tremendous ground in the past few years, Sisters highlights how limited a category “funny” remains for women in Hollywood.

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Director: Jason Moore
Writer: Paula Pell
Cast: Tina Fey, Madison Davenport, Amy Poehler, John Leguizamo, Maya Rudolph, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dan Byrd and Santino Fontana




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