Who doesn’t love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as a duo? No one, that’s who. Those women are nothing short of hilarious.
Last week my boyfriend and I celebrated 6 years of dating. We ate at a nice Italian restaurant that we had never been to before with a nice view and great gelato. We went to a holiday light display that was on the beach in the area where we live. And of course we saw Sisters starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, because it came out last week and why wouldn’t we? (Sorry, I haven’t seen any of the Star Wars movies).
I was mostly excited for this movie because the hype that came along with the trailer when it came out months ago was unreal. I loved the two of them together in Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Saturday Night Live, and hosting award shows…but what if this movie was one of those movies where all of the funniest parts were in the trailer? What if it didn’t live up to my expectations? To say I was nervous to be excited was a bit of an understatement as my expectations were crazy high.
The movie’s concept was that Fey and Poehler’s characters are sisters named Kate Ellis and Maura Ellis who travel to their parents’ for sale home in Florida to clean out their childhood bedroom. After reminiscing over knickknacks and old diaries, the women decide to throw a party in their parents’ home and invite their high school classmates. Of course, chaos ensues.
This movie was great because in mostly everything else they’ve done together Tina Fey’s character has been the sensible one, the voice of reason. Amy Poehler’s character has usually been the zany, out-there type. It was weird to see them play the opposites in this movie, but I liked it. Poehler pulled off the serious character this time and Fey was pretty great as the crazy one too. I really enjoyed that the two had a sisterly chemistry and were believable sisters. As someone who has two younger sisters, I laughed at the bickering scenes because I could relate. You can dislike each other and like each other at the same time and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s kind of how it works.
SNL alumni Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, and Rachel Dratch all made hilarious appearances in the movie. Bobby Moynihan played a classmate of the Ellis sisters that was always cracking jokes and thinking he was funnier than he was. It was well portrayed, because if we’re being honest, everyone knows someone like that.
I definitely have to commend the costume designer for this movie. The scenes where Maura and Kate are dressed in their childhood clothing are some of the funniest scenes. If costumes were comedians, these costumes were some hilarious ones.
The only downside to this movie was that I think I was expecting it to be a little different. It’s not that it was any worse that what I expected, it was just very different. While the one liners were great and sarcastic humor always gets me, I think I was expecting more surprises. I think I was expecting to be rolling on the floor laughing and slapping my knee laughing more than I was. It was really funny, don’t get me wrong, and some of it was sort of raunchy (I probably wouldn’t go see this one with your sister who’s in elementary school), but I guess I wasn’t expecting it to also be cute? It was really cute. It’ll give you warm fuzzies.
I recommend that you see this one with someone you like to laugh with. Also I discovered Extreme Sour Patch Kids during this movie and it made the movie even better. So I recommend those too.
Happy New Year lovelies!