Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are quite strong comedians. Both of them have had great shows, including 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, to name a few of the big ones; as well as Saturday Night Live. They’ve proven their comedic chemistry as well, especially during their Golden Globes stint. It’s impossible to deny these are two funny ladies with fantastic chemistry with one another, but that doesn’t mean it’s always perfect.
So is the case with their new outing Sisters. Their chemistry is still strong there, but ultimately it isn’t nearly enough to make the movie stand out. The story is almost non-existent, all the characters are generic, and any problem is solved right away. The film suffers from what I personally call “Grown Ups Syndrome,” meaning it feels more like an excuse to have fun with friends then an actual movie. About 90% of the film is just a party, with no real plot progression at all.
The characters themselves are all inconsistent and one-dimensional, including the leads. It seems like their personalities just leave them and they all act like complete idiots because … someone said a few things? What? There are too many “Why are they doing that?” moments in the film.
Every character just seems to do things for the sake of making a joke. The problem with that is that there isn’t any subsistence to it, and it makes it feel like it’s just trying too hard. Each personality in the film is as generic as the last, and makes for an utterly dull experience. Tina Fey’s character is the only one who gets any kind of actual growth, and she does so only in last 10 minutes of the movie. The film’s core is its characters, and when they aren’t interesting at all it’s hard to enjoy watching their stories.
The film, namely during its final act, is filled with “how convenient” moments. The problems that arrive with its characters, namely of Fey and Poehler’s which are resolved, despite never having any kind of resolution on-screen. Most of the things that the characters need to fix are actually done off-screen, and are more implied than anything. It feels like the ending was rushed, as well as any kind of character development in order to just have a party with friends.
The humor is crude, and sadly isn’t done very well. A show like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia shows us a good usage of crude humor. In Sisters, it’s just forced and ultimately not funny. It is overdone and does not really do much but get a chuckle at best. Crude is fine if it’s not done for almost every single joke in the movie. It gets old and quite frankly annoying by the end of it. Many of the women in the movie end up taking their shirts off for one reason or another, and just makes it feel uncomfortable, as there’s no real substance to it.
Ultimately, Sisters lacks any real charm to it, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s chemistry just isn’t enough to keep the film afloat. No character is really likable, especially because they barely stay the same as when we first see them. It’s kind of a mess, unfortunately.
The film doesn’t really do much to try and stand out, or really try to be a movie at all, it seems. Again, it feels more like a party for Tina and Amy’s friends than a film that heart was put into. At the end of the day though, John Cena cameos are always fun, and this movie no exception.