These “transfer” reviews are from when I only did reviews on my Facebook page back in 2015. Bare in mind when reading these, I didn’t have the same formula in my review writing that I do now, and my usual “who starred and who directed” information is completely absent, so everything “italicized” is new. With that said, enjoy this review from 2015.
I don’t watch SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, so I can’t entirely say I’m a fan Tina Fey (not because I don’t like her, I’m just not familiar with her work), but I am a big fan of PARKS AND RECREATION, so I can say that I’m a fan of Amy Poehler. I know these two are best friends in real life and everyone seems to love them, both individually and together, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in seeing their latest movie. And I have to admit, it looked funny. Also, since Disney still has tight restrictions on Star Wars viewings via free passes, it was either this or ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. Yeah, fuck that noise.
Starring: Tina Fey (WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT , MEGAMIND , and MAN OF THE YEAR ), Amy Poehler (THE HOUSE , BLADES OF GLORY , and TV show PARKS AND REC [2009 – 2015]), and Ike Barinholtz (MARK FELT , NEIGHBORS , DISASTER MOVIE , and upcoming films BRIGHT  and BLOCKERS ).
Support: Maya Rudolph (THE NUT JOB 2 , SHREK THE THIRD , GATTACA , and the upcoming THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS ), James Brolin (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN , PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE , and TV show LIFE IN PIECES [2015 – ongoing]), Dianne Wiest (DAN IN REAL LIFE , THE LOST BOYS , and TV show LIFE IN PIECES), John Cena (DADDY’S HOME TWO , THE REUNION , THE MARINE , and upcoming films FERDINAND  and BLOCKERS), and John Leguizamo (JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 , ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN , and SPAWN ).
Director: Jason Moore (PITCH PERFECT  and 3 episodes of TV show TROPHY WIFE [2013 – 2014]). Writer: Paula Pell (a ton of SNL). Composer: Christophe Beck (AMERICAN MADE , THIS MEANS WAR , CHARLIE BARTLETT , and upcoming films HOLMES AND WATSON  and ANT-MAN AND THE WASP ). Cinematographer: Barry Peterson (THE SPACE BETWEEN US , 21 JUMP STREET , STARSKY & HUTCH , and upcoming films JUST GETTING STARTED  and GAME NIGHT ).
This is my honest opinion of: SISTERS
Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate (Tina Fey) are sisters. Maura is the younger successful one, always responsible, but still fairly fresh off of a divorce. Kate is older and significantly more irresponsible and struggling with her relationship with her teenage daughter Haley (Madison Davenport), who is more mature than her mother. One day, Maura gets a call from her parents who break the news to her that they are selling their childhood home. In hopes of talking them out of it, Maura and Kate both visit them but have no luck on that front and must clean out their rooms. Neither wants this to happen, so while their parents are elsewhere, Maura and Kate decide to throw one last party to say goodbye to their home. But high jinks ensues as a romance blossoms between Maura and a local handyman named James (Ike Barinholtz), an age-old rivalry reignited between Kate and Brinda (Maya Rudolph), and the party becomes just a little too much for either sister to handle.
My taste in comedy is pretty black and white. Either it has to be insane and weird, like Monty Python, or it has to be intelligent, like HOT FUZZ. Raunchy humor is always hit or miss, but never have I seen that brand of comedy be just straight funny. There has to be heart in the story, likable characters, intelligence. Here, I got a weak story, somewhat likable characters, and one or two smart jokes, all of which played out in the trailers.
At first, I’m fine with the characters being totally different and I get that Maura feels like she wants to let loose all of her pent-up wild-girl that she never was in her youth like Kate was, but… why is she spontaneously going for drugs as the answer? She’s established as the smart one, and she’s a nurse. Not even a beat of debating whether or not this was a good idea? This makes no sense regarding her character. It’s such a leap in character and that gap of logic is not explained.
Honestly, most of this plot isn’t really explained. Bitches, I’ve lived in my Calabasas house nearly twenty years. I’m not going to care about moving out. This movie wants to make the proclamation that “a house is a building, but a home is a feeling,” but these characters don’t give us a reason to care about this house that they love so much. They just say they love it and don’t want their parents to get rid of it. But even these characters don’t show they care too much about it. When something breaks, they don’t care. When the roof collapses, they laugh. They even make a big deal about this “sister tree” that just… I don’t fucking know where to start with that. Short version, their love for that tree doesn’t mean diddly.
Honestly, my favorite parts of the movie are Fey (a little ironic) and John Cena as the drug dealer, Pazuzu. Kate being forced to be sober and let Maura be the wild child is incredibly funny and the way she constantly flirts and fails with Pazuzu had me howling. I think Kate is the only character that has a real arc. Seriously, she tries to be more responsible, which makes her the more sympathetic character. Yeah, she makes bad choices later on, but they’re totally understandable. And like I said, Cena is just hilarious without even really trying to be. Yeah, dude, stick with comedy. Your action movies are hilarious, but for all the wrong reasons.
I can’t say I hate this movie. There’s a couple jokes here and there that I got a giggle out of me, and Poehler and Fey do have great chemistry together, but I feel like the theme of the movie was “middle-aged people can party too.” So… get rid of the bullshit nonexistent emotional attachment to a house and a random-ass romance that no one gives a fuck about and just tell the story you want to tell. Oh I’m sure those who are hardcore fans of this kind of humor and the lead actresses, and they will rave about how hilarious it is, but I’m siding with the minority that doesn’t think too highly of this film. There was potential in this movie, but I’m sticking with the trailer to get a solid laugh.
My honest rating for SISTERS: a weak 3/5