During the holiday season, there’s nothing better than finding a family that’s more dysfunctional than your own. I give Sisters a B.
When sisters, Maura and Kate find out that their parents are selling the childhood home, they decide to recreate a part of their past- the famous Ellis Island drunken party. What could go wrong with having a party in a house that was already sold? In this movie, everything and anything.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play the sisters and their natural chemistry shows in this movie. They have even brought many of their Saturday Night Live friends along for the ride. The secondary characters, once again steal the show, from the hunky handyman who lives down the road to the nerdy high school friend who speaks in movie quotes and thinks he’s funny. And what would a holiday season movie be without John Cena who has a hilarious cameo role as a drug dealer.
While this movie has many raunchy and hilarious moments, it misses the boat at times. The characters are too nice. Sisters who get along? Parents who agree to give their messed up children another chance after they ruin the house. No one seems to be “real life” in this movie. I have four younger sisters. We didn’t get along like Maura and Kate…although we did stick up for each other if anyone picked on one of us, we were often our own biggest enemies. We played games like Red Rover Red Rover let everyone but Melanie come over. And maybe it’s me, but if I was having a huge house party, I wouldn’t want my sisters there. Loose lips sink ships! It’d be obvious that one of them would rat me out to the Rents.
With potty humor abounding, drugs and drinking, Sisters has a definite adult tone. This humorous movie is not for the kiddos. You’ll spend most of the movie explaining why the things that Maura and Kate do are not appropriate. And while it has its funny moments, the over-the-top raunchiness and language will leave you feeling a little unsettled when you leave. At least you will feel better about your own family’s dysfunction.
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