PARTY ON: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in a scene from the movie Sisters.
PARTY ON: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in a scene from the movie Sisters. K.C. Bailey

Review: Sisters - Double the laughs with Tina and Amy.

TINA Fey and Amy Poehler have been the queens of American comedy ever since they hit the small screen in Saturday Night Live back in the early 2000s, but this film marks their coming of age in cinema comedy.

The plot is simple - almost too simple: two sisters decide to re-live their teen glory after their parents decide to sell their childhood home.

Maura Ellis (Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Fey) grew up to be very different people.

Maura, recently divorced, lives a small but comfortable life, while Kate struggles daily to balance motherhood, work and life in general.

Fey and Poehler have done cinema together before (Baby Mama, 2008) but nothing that hits this level of raucous hilarity in light entertainment for the big screen before.

What makes this film work?

First, it's the brilliant writing.

It's unashamedly superficial and fast, and it cranks the gags in a way we haven't seen since There's Something About Mary (1998).

There is also something very refreshing about two adult women starring in a comedy film where their lives are not centred on their partners, and the comedy does not come from their failures as mothers. And it uses their sexuality as a powerful tool for entertainment, but as a positive thing.

You can tell this film was written by a smart woman.

More of this, please.



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