Come back in time with me for a moment, to a time when today’s comedy stars were yet to be discovered, hiding away on Saturday Night Live in the early 2000s. A time before Jimmy Fallon became the King of Late Night; A time when Weekend Update had juice; A time before Will Ferrell dared to do the most drastic comedy stunts the world had ever seen; A time when Tracy Morgan was known for more than being another celebrity on life support. It was a period when Saturday Night Live mattered, before the U.S. checked out on its antiquated abstract. It was an era before Internet sensationalism with six-second clips and on-demand video streaming became all the rage. Back when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were on the up and taking over the world was little more than a blueprint. For historians and admirers of that era, ‘Sisters’ is a nice throwback to a time when this modern, dynamic duo of female comedy were at their peaks.
Now don’t get it twisted, ‘Sisters’ isn’t an amazing film in the sense of traditional storytelling or cinematography. Rather, it’s a homage to when that zany, angst-filled generation-X style was popular and was actually the norm. ‘Sisters’ may only be a one-night throwback to better times, and the quaint reverberation of a former Golden Age for two greats, who some would call past their prime. But ‘Sisters’ is truly funny. A story about two siblings – one successful and sustained, the other unsettled and unfulfilled – who come together to find their purpose in the most outlandishly unorthodox way, doesn’t exactly jump off the script. Unless you throw a ludicrous, outlandish middle-age-turned-upside-down type rager into the mix.
Along for the wildly uncontrollable ride with Poehler and Fey, are former SNL repertory players Chris Parnell, Bobby Moynihan and Maya Rudolph, who add their own unique comedic brilliances to the medley. Between John Cena boss-dogging all around, Moynihan tripping balls and doing Scarface impressions, Poehler falling through the roof, Ike Barinholtz getting a trophy shoved up his ass, Rudolph’s resting bitch face, and Fey free-scaling the brick fireplace in heels, there are plenty of good laughs to go around. Laughs you might not want to miss. It’s as if ‘Project X’ met turn of the century Saturday Night Live in the best way.
On the binary scale, I’d have to give ‘Sisters’ a 1. You’re not going be blown away by Fey and Poehler’s second feature flick together, although admittedly it is better than ‘Baby Mama’ by a long shot. However, if you take ‘Sisters’ for what it is – a cheeky, stay-in-on-a-Friday-night, on-demand kind of romp – then you’ll likely walk away with an incredulous smile on your face. So grab your sister, brother, cousin, mother and have a pleasant time revisiting, if only for an evening, those better days of Saturday Night Live.
Director: Jason Moore
Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph