“Sisters” sure to make you laugh, but lacks substance

Universal Pictures

Andrew Plouff, Staff Writer

What was expected to be one of the most hilarious films of 2015, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s “Sisters” does not meet its high expectations and suffers from weird plot pacing. In the film, Poehler and Fey play two middle-aged sisters named Maura and Kate respectively, who reunite for one last party in their childhood home. However, they must also deal with the issues of single parenthood, the search for true love, and trying to move on from the past.

If any other actresses played their roles, it would have been a disaster. However, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey could make stale bread taste like a piece of apple pie.”

— Andrew Plouff

The first problem with “Sisters” is its strange pacing. All character development is packed into the first 20 minutes of the film, and is left rather underdeveloped for the rest of the movie. Then, once the party begins, time feels like it has frozen. The party they hosted felt like it had been going on for over a month. At the end of the movie, the film rushes about 10 minutes to get to the conclusion that is predictable and boring. The lack of overall time management is confusing and makes the film somewhat hard to follow.

Another problem the film has is the excessive amount of useless characters. During the party, many different minor characters are introduced. Some characters definitely made an impression, particularly Maya Rudolph as the former high school rival. However, it got very messy trying to include the different characters. If the film had cut down on the amount of cameos, the plotline would’ve been a lot stronger.

What saves this film from being a complete failure are Poehler and Fey’s performance. The chemistry that they have is undeniably brilliant. Whenever they are in a scene together, they make the film come to life. If any other actresses played their roles, it would have been a disaster. However, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey they could make stale bread taste like a piece of apple pie.

Overall, this movie probably deserves a 5.5 out of 10. It’s okay to see it once, but wait until it is available for DVD rental. Although there are hilarious moments and some engaging characters, the film fails to make itself stand out from any other film in the theaters.