A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Sisters Kate and Maura Ellis are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house, much to their dismay. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
At the beginning of the movie, when Maura was applying sunscreen to the perceived homeless man on the corner, she had the bottle at her feet as he was walking away and she was yelling for him to give the sunscreen back to her so she could give it to a proper homeless person. See more »
Everyone say a non-denominational silent prayer to themselves, please.
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When watching Sisters, you really get a vibe that the leads Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have something really special going as a duo. They both have humor that is not normal for actresses. Both are willing to go the extra mile to be dirty. A duo that seems like they can work with a lot of material. Both have some really good moments in Sisters but even they can't make Sisters survive.
Katie Ellis (Fey) is a loudmouth lady who can't seem to get anything right for herself and who is struggling to raise her daughter Hayley (Madison Davenport). Her sister Maura Ellis (Poehler) is the likely the better sibling of the family who supports herself better then Katie but still, she is not married and her life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. After their childhood home is set to be put on the market, both sisters throw a party at their old house with a lot of nostalgia while family morals are learned and both find out how to better themselves. Sisters is part comedy with some drama elements thrown in.
Right from the get go, it's obvious Fey and Poehler are both meant to lead this film. They have the chemistry and are very likable but Sisters struggles to use them properly. Fey can be so unlikable at times but then she randomly goes through stretches where she is completely fine. There are some very good laughs here between them but they do run out and it seems the film wants way too much out of them. There are no supporting actors to help them. John Cena and John Leguizamo are here in supporting roles and are just so unfunny and neither produce anything to add to the story.
The plot has it's ideas but what comes together is an uneven mess. The party itself looks great and so much good effort was put into it. It's a party though that's very unrealistic at times and runs WAY too long. We never know where this element is meant to go and it doesn't seem to fully connect to the ideas of family morals and the theme of sisters. The script goes every which way and needs more focus.
Sisters is a lost cause ultimately. We just hope Poehler and Fey will be together more in the future and in something better. Even though it is more heavy, go seek out the somewhat similar like Miss You Already from earlier this year which is better. It should also be noted that with Sisters getting the same release date as Star Wars: Force Awakens, it's film fate is not looking very good whatsoever.
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