Movie review: ‘Sisters’

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Harris Blake | The Tartan

Rating: 6.9/10

Batman and Robin, Steve Jobs and Apple, Peanut butter and Jelly, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Each aspect of these four pairs are pretty good by themselves; however, with the two put together, they become a brilliant and unstoppable force.

For years, Fey and Poehler have put out a duet of comedic genius, from “Saturday Night Live” to “Sisters.” With that being said, the movie does not extend out much more than the enjoyable and hilarious duo. From a combination of poor casting (besides Poehler and Fey), to awkward transitions and conflicts, this movie is playfully disappointing. The only thing that makes the movie playful and fun is the non-stop banter between sisters Maura and Kate Ellis, who are searching for a last “hoo-rah” at a low point in their life.

Many times throughout this movie you will find yourself wondering if there is any story or conflict besides the petty on-the-surface problems. You will also find yourself questioning the actual motive behind half of the things the sisters are doing.  This is not a good thing. Although you will find yourself laughing a decent amount, about three-quarters of the way through you will realize that there is no other substance to an otherwise funny movie, which, in today’s world of dramatic comedies with relatable internal struggles, fails to impress and stand out in a right way.

Another downside to “Sisters” is the casting. Besides a few of the characters, the rest of the cast does not make sense. Maya Rudolph plays an awful hipster villain. As a matter of fact, she is possibly even worse than Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever (yes, that bad). On top of Rudolph is the “fillers” of the cast. In other words, all of the friends from high school who come to the sisters’ party. They do not flow or fit very well in any sense.

Now, enough of the negatives. There were some high points throughout this movie that truly stand out. First of all, the choice of actor for professional wrestling was star John Cena; his muscular and manly appearance throughout the film adds a sarcastically brilliant comedic refresher from the antics of Poehler and Fey. From the fact that he is a well-seasoned and very knowledgeable drug dealer, to Fey vying for his attention, you will surely be entertained by his appearance. Another welcome addition to an otherwise bland comedy, is the underappreciated Ike Barinholtz. Something about the way he acts, specifically using facial expressions, fits with the flow of Poehler and Fey.

All in all, I would not be jumping out of my seat and running to Redbox anytime soon to watch this movie, and I would not recommend you do that either. Instead, hop on your computer to pull up YouTube, search, “Amy Poehler and Tina Fey,” and enjoy. From this, you would get the same comedic essence of “Sisters,” minus the bland and not-so-witty sub-character interactions and plot. With that being said, credit is due to Cena, Poehler, Fey, and Barinholtz for adding spark to a mediocre comedy.