by | Dec 20, 2015 | 0 comments

The Two Comedic Stars Are Dimmed By A Lazy Screenplay

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the best entertainers in Hollywood today; they were incredibly successful hosting the Golden Globe ceremonies for past three years, and have also succeeded in running their own TV shows, Amy Poehler with Parks and Recreation and Tina Fey with 30 Rock. The two Saturday Night Live alums have teamed up for their cinematic collaboration: Sisters, but unfortunately not having them as screenwriters takes a huge toll on the film.

Sisters is the story of how two sisters, the responsible but antisocial Maura (Amy Poehler) and the unstable and flirtatious Kate (Tina Fey) find out that their parents (played by a great James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) are selling their childhood home. Maura and Kate are furious, in order to do honor to the house they decide to throw the big party (also in hopes that the damage afterwards might stave off the buyers).

The plot is as simple as can be; so much that it ends up lacking a significant amount of effort. Frankly put, the film is a star vehicle for Fey and Poehler, but while their teamwork and improvisation might prove to be hilarious in small doses, in a feature film, it simply isn’t enough to keep afloat. Don’t get me wrong, I got a good amount of laughs, but it was because of the likeability and timing of the stars. The supporting cast in this film does a surprisingly good job, yes it does seem to be more of a SNL reunion than a feature film, but some actors do shine (most notably a great Bobby Moynihan)

The problem with the entire film was Paula Pell’s screenplay. It was too lazy when weaving the scenes together, and this makes Maura and Kate’s characters seem fake and even stereotypical. So much that even Fey and Poehler were having trouble making sense of their characters. Then the butt of every joke was sexual, so that it seemed like Pell had just searched up “sex jokes” on Google and then copied and pasted. If there is one thing I can salvage from the script, it’s probably the more honest and unfiltered look that we get into two female characters, but even so it ends up falling for the typical female character cliché (there always has to be a romantic interest), that Trainwreck had tried so hard to disprove earlier this year.

It’s a shame, because you want to like and laugh with Fey and Poehler, but the bad script was enough to bring the film toppling down. A shame, because Fey and Poehler are great comedic writers, the only advice I can give them is: keep writing your own screenplays. 








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