For the first time in three years Tina Fey and Amy Poehler won’t be hosting the Golden Globes. Their gags about Bill Crosby obviously proved to be too close to the bone and the duo will be replaced by Ricky Gervais for the ceremony next month. For those of you who may be worried you may not get your annual dose of the pair though fear not, the couple are reunited on the big screen in the crowd pleasing comedy Sisters.
Written by Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell and directed by Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore the film has crowd-pleaser written all over it. Fey and Poehler play sisters Kate and Maura Ellis- both of whom have hit a crisis point in their lives when they discover that their parents are set to sell their childhood home. Maura (Poehler) is uptight and divorced, she hasn’t let her hair down since her husband left and likes to see herself as a mother figure, even if others don’t agree. Kate (Fey) is a chaotic single mother who spends more time partying than she does with her teenage daughter. The pair decide that to give their parents house a proper send off they must throw an epic party, to recapture their youths and to have a break from their troubled lives.
Amidst all the big award contenders being released this month Sisters makes for a pleasant change. It knows exactly what it is and pretty much manages to maintain laughs through out its rather lengthy two hour run time. Poehler and Fey perfectly compliment each other as they have done all their careers and Pell’s script also brings out the best of their comedic talents.
As is to be expected with a film starring these two there are plenty of familiar faces involved- John Leguizamo and Maya Rudolph both brings some great laughs to the table but one of the stand outs is WWE superstar John Cena, who shocked us all with his great performance in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck and continues that here as a muscle bound drug dealer who arrives at the part with a fine array of narcotics from around the world.
If Sisters suffers from anything it is perhaps a little lengthy. Two hours is a long time to make people continuously laugh and whilst the laughs do die down a little in the final half an hour the film does manage to hold out, even if it does become a tad over-sentimental and by the numbers come the closing act.
For those looking for a break away from the sentimental Christmas clap trap and the heavy awards movies then Sisters hits all the right notes.