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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Arrested Development

SNL alumnae Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take a stand for feminism to prove that women can behave just as badly as men in 'Pitch Perfect' director Jason Moore's 'Sisters,' the feminine answer to such party classics as 'National Lampoon's Animal House,' 'Dazed and Confused' and 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.'  Since their days co-anchoring 'Weekend Update' on SNL, I've been a fan of the comedic duo's unique brand of kooky humor.  I even watch the 'Golden Globes' (which I usually don't) if they happen to be hosting. 
 
'Sisters' is an R-rated adult comedy about two unlikely sisters (one blonde, one brunette, not looking at all alike) who decided to throw a monster of a party at the home they grew up in after discovering their parents have put the house up for sale.  These thirty-something siblings invited all their high school acquaintances except for Maya Rudolph for a night of misbehavior and debauchery, because what the hell why not, right?  And believe it or not, the usually straight-laced Tina Fey turned out to be the more irresponsible of the sisters, acting even more immature than her teenage daughter Haley (Madison Davenport).  Sorry Amy. 
 
Like all such movies, 'Sisters' is full of wacky and weird characters.  The movie is well represented by current and former SNL members including Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan and (remember her?) Rachel Dratch, whose character reminds me of her former SNL alter ego Debbie Downer.  Other invitees include John Leguizamo, Ike Barinholtz and WWE's John Cena, who plays a muscle-bound drug dealer brought in to spice up the party with his goods.  While 'Sisters' isn't consistently funny and misses the mark often, it has a beating heart and the chemistry between Fey and Poehler never flags.  Well, I reached a new milestone with my 60th - and final - post of the year.  Thanks for visiting and come back in 2016.

Grade: B+

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