An occasionally funny coming-of-middle-age story, Sisters revels in its filthy side with the same glee as countless other guy-driven gross-out comedies.
But it has a heat-seeking weapon in the unbeatable duo of comic superwomen Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose engaging onscreen chemistry elevates this otherwise repetitive house party romp.
Marketing campaigns for the flick acknowledge that other movie opening this weekend with a YouTube video Sisters: The Farce Awakens and the hashtag #youcanseethemboth.
You can indeed see them both and if you don’t set the bar too high, Sisters’ mix of comedy and ’80s nostalgia bolstered by a strong supporting cast of SNL players (save for ultra-annoying Bobby Moynihan) could hit a sweet spot.
Written by SNL’s Paula Pell and directed by Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore, who clearly believes more is more, Fey and Poehler play the forty-something Ellis sisters.
Swapping their Baby Mama roles, Kate (Fey) is a partyholic underachiever whose antics even shame her teen daughter (Madison Davenport). As younger sis Maura, Poehler is the opposite, a good-girl hermit with a need to look after everybody else.
When their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) decide to sell their childhood Orlando home, the siblings manage to quell their outrage long enough to plan a final epic party with a guest list made up of all their high school friends.
What follows is predictable, repetitious and the sheer volume of penis jokes shows that there’s no gender difference when it comes to this comedy style. You’ve seen it all before. And in some cases, wish you hadn’t.
Maya Rudolph is amusing as the hated girl from school, Ike Barinholtz handles the role of the hunky neighbour with easy charm and John Leguizamo steals a few scenes as the stoner who never grew up.
So by all means, see both. But Fey and Poehler are the only reason to go to this party.