When we first heard our favorite leading ladies of comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, were teaming up once again to take on the big screen, our hearts did that weird thing where they kind of drop into our stomachs.
Fey and Poehler as co-stars, in a screenplay written by their longtime friend and former Saturday Night Live powerhouse Paula Pell, seemed like a winning combination. Like peanut butter and chocolate, salt and tequila, freshly shaved legs and new sheets.
But now that Sisters has been in cinemas for a few weeks and we’ve had time to watch and reflect, it’s time to face the awful truth.
It’s just not that good. Watch: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler promote their new film, Sisters. (Post continues after video.)
We’ve come to expect a lot from Foehler (Pey? Do they have an official celeb nickname? They should) over the years. Fey starred in and wrote the wickedly clever 30 Rock, while Poehelr’s comedic timing and nuance on Parks and Rec was equal parts complex and sweet. Their turns hosting the Golden Globes were packed with well timed zingers of biting satire and wit.It was a pretty good time to be alive.
So it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why their latest comedy offering didn’t deliver, unless you take into account the rising price of stamps.
Mostly, I think it’s because this is a generic gross-out comedy masquerading as a groundbreaking feminist romp.
The film centers around a recently divorced woman (Poehler) and her irresponsible sister (Fey), who return to their childhood home to pack up their old bedrooms and then throw a huge party for old times sake, which quickly spirals out of control.
And….that’s kind of it.
I think we were supposed to laugh at Poehler and Fey’s chaotic attempts to recapture their youth, but in both instances their characterisations fall flat.
There’s a scene where the sisters visit a store and try on outfits for their big night, preening in front of the mirror in fitted skirts and back-to-front mini-dresses. Which would have been funny if A) Their audience hadn’t been so conditioned to see them as more than traditional movie beauties and B) They actually looked bad – which they didn’t. They rocked those frocks pretty well.