BY SCOTT PETERSON
When I first saw the trailer for Sisters, it was immediately met with an eye roll. Sisters looked like a female version of the incredibly overrated and unfunny Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Effron. While the masses will flock to Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend, Sisters is a genius piece of counter programming that will grab all that Jedi overflow and have people laughing until their cheeks are numb.. Yes, we’ve seen various versions of crazy house party movies many, many times, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are absolutely fantastic and bring a fresh new element to an old formula as two polar opposite sisters going home one last time to throw one final house party after their parents have sold their childhood home.
Maura Ellis (Poehler) and Kate Ellis ( Tina Fey) are on two opposite ends of the spectrum. Maura is responsible,extremely anal, and uses her spare time to help anyone and everyone around here. She simply can’t say no to anyone. There is a funny scene in the beginning of the film in which Maura buys sunscreen for a supposed homeless man. Kate on the other hand is as irresponsible as they come. She can’t hold a job, has a daughter that wishes her mom was more responsible so she can live life as a kid, and has no real motivation when it comes to getting her life in order.
The sisters are reunited when their parents ( Diane Wiest and James Brolin) inform them they have sold their home in Orlando and need the two sisters to come home and clean out all the junk they have left in their rooms. Both Maura and Kate are stunned and livid that the home where they grow up and have so many memories in is being sold to total strangers. The wild and crazy Kate convinces the by the books, straight-laced Maura to throw one last crazy “Ellis Island” party. Crazy Kate reluctantly agrees to be “party mom” and look after all of the guests while Maura gets one last chance to let her hair down and erase all the memories of her nerdy high school days and get wild and crazy.
While Sisters is formulaic, the chemistry between Fey and Poehler is terrific. The laughs come fast and furious with a supporting cast of Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Moynihan, and a hilarious John Cena all getting their moments to join in on the comedic hi-jinx. Sisters is one of those rare comedies that you find yourself laughing so hard at one scene that you quickly come to the realization that you have to see the movie again just to see what was missed by all the laughter. The audience I saw the film with LOVED Sisters so much that they gave the film a well deserved standing ovation. Most of you are going to check out the most hyped movie in ages this weekend with Star Wars: The Force awakened and deservedly so, it’s fantastic. But if by some chance you couldn’t score tickets and want to laugh, go check out Sisters. It is the funniest film I’ve seen this year.