What a huge waste of talent! I love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but why they would ever star in such a poorly-conceived and executed screenplay is beyond me.
When Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey) Ellis find out their parents, Deanna (Dianne Wiest) and Bucky (James Brolin), are selling their family home in Orlando, they decide to have one last "Ellis Island" bash in the house, which has already been sold. They round up their high school friends, and proceed to completely destroy the premises, including the back yard, in-ground pool.
I have profound respect for Fey and Poehler --- and all of their accomplishments. Perhaps had they actually written the script, which was penned by Paula Pell, an SNL buddy, "Sisters" would have been better. I laughed out loud a few times, but mostly I was appalled by the juvenile, and distinctly, unfunny screenplay.
The one bright spot in "Sisters" is John Cena, who plays Pazuzu, Dave's (John Leguizamo) local drug dealer. When he arrives at the party with his cache of drugs, and begins naming each and every one --- it's hilarious. Cena was terrific in "Trainwreck", and here, he again steals every scene he's in.
"Sisters" is not a stretch for either of these brilliant comedic actresses. It's nothing more than an opportunity to act silly and talk dirty. A real shame ---
Opinion: Wait for DVD
If memory serves me right, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wrote their own material, along with other comedy writers, when the duo hosted the Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015. They were also Emmy-nominated, and deservedly so, as their repartee was breezy, clever and most of all, funny. One of the collaborative scribes who also earned an Emmy nod was Paula Pell, who must have figured she earned a shot at writing a feature-length screenplay. Uhhh, not so much.
With "Sisters", Pell has only earned the right to return to wherever she practices her trade, because it's obvious she didn't put enough time into this particular effort. If you think it's funny to see a man with a dancing ballerina music box stuck in his butt, then "Sisters" is for you. If the sight of talented comediennes, as Ms. Poehler and Ms. Fey certainly are, doing drugs, swearing like drunken sailors, and throwing a ridiculous house party that destroys the home their parents just sold, then maybe "Sisters" is your cup of tea.
Their hilarious SNL cohort, Kate McKinnon, is given almost nothing to do, but Bobby Moynihan, usually great on TV, is becoming increasingly silly on the big screen. The very funny Maya Rudolph is reduced to a "mean girls" persona, and long-time SNL cast member Rachel Dratch plays a rather unmemorable character.
You know a comedy is in trouble when it has to rely on the outtakes to garner a laugh or two. "Sisters" is one of the laziest attempts at comedy in recent memory, and it is my leading candidate for worst film of the year. I can't think of any other movie that comes close. Earlier comedy successess in 2015 like "Spy" starring Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" look like sure Oscar winners next to "Sisters".
Opinion: Huge Don't Bother!