Comedy has always been a male domain. This was even true in regards to It is only recently that a few more women are breaking through enough to make their mark. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the biggest and they star together in this film. Here they do their best to shout from the rooftop that whatever men can do in and with comedy women can as well. They can be as silly, crass, dumb, or partfall-ish (is that even a word?) as the guys. Sisters, directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), is a total bro comedy. One in which the two female characters could easily have been male as that very male brand of comedy styling
Two grown and unmarried sisters, Maura (played by Amy Poehler – from television’s Parks and Recreation) and Kate Ellis (played by Tina Fey – from television’s 30 Rock), are thrust back into their lives of years ago when their parents announce that they are selling their house in Florida so they can move into a retirement community. This is the house the two grew up in. The two siblings decide they are going to throw a wild party, the kind they threw as teenagers, as a kind of going away present to themselves.
The best thing by far about Sisters is the two stars. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are great comedic actresses with second to none timing and have fantastic on screen chemistry. It was refreshing to see women act in a type of film usually thought of to be male territory. Gender roles sorta went out the window and that made certain jokes even funnier. And many of the jokes are funny; it just has too much of a glimmer of been there, done that to it. Plus these two are just so likeable that it makes whatever they are working in seem so much better.
It is a comedy and one that centers around this wild and crazy party and those moments are often funny, but it is the smaller moments of the film that will make more of an impression upon the viewer. The quiet, yet astute moments between the sisters are what I found myself enjoying more than Amy Poehler falling through a ceiling or Tina Fey flashing her boobs.
The whole concept of the film of that big last party has been done time and time again. Add on the other very familiar layer for people of going back to high school years and recreating those behaviours and you have a film that you feel a little like you have seen before. As a result it is hard to take the film very seriously because you sense the lack of originality and know that you will see another one of its ilk as some point in the future.Though Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are so darn likable and funny….ah well, find out for yourself.
- Deleted Scenes (1080p): The Dan and Kim Story (6:29), The Cover Charge Runner (2:29), Arrival at the Parents’ Condo (1:14), Kate’s Tale of Woe (1:24), Maura Controls Her Feelings (1:38), Maura Pushes Too Hard (1:29), Brinda Wreaks More Havoc (0:57), The Geernts Get Theirs (1:56), and Maura Takes One Last Look (0:29).
|–Extended Scenes (1080p): Shopping with Brinda (4:25), Hae-Won Arrives (0:59), Uh-Oh — It’s A Popo(1:41), Kate Has to Party-Mom Kelly (2:19), Kate and Alex Go Downhill (0:58), Maura and James Review High School (1:14), Hae-Won and Kate Reminisce (1:12), Brinda Gets the Sale (1:25), and Be That You(2:42).|
|–Gag Reel (1080p, 3:17).|
|–The Improvorama (1080p, 8:40): Improv lines by the cast.|
|–How to Throw a Party (1080p, 1:36): How to throw a killer party advice is given to the two sisters.|
|–Grown-Up Parties Suck (1080p, 5:18): A dead party is the breeding ground for some awkward moments.|
|–The Alex Chronicles (1080p, 2:51): Bobby Moynihan outtakes.|
|–The Kate and Pazuzu Chronicles (1080p, 2:05): Outtakes featuring Tina Fey and John Cena.|
|–A Teen Movie…For Adults (1080p, 10:26): The cast and crew talk about the production, story themes, characters, sets and locations, the director and the filming of a major scene from the end of the film..|
|–The Original Sister (1080p, 6:40): Writer Paula Pell and her sister Patti talk about their inspirations from the movie and Paula even reads some passages from her teenage diary.|
|–Pool Collapse VFX (1080p, 0:50): A look at one of the film’s top special effects.|
|–Audio Commentary: Director Jason Moore, Star/Producer Tina Fey, Star/Executive Producer Amy Poehler, and Writer Paula Pell|