Director: Jason Moore
Cast: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ike Barinholtz
Release Date: Available on Blu-ray & DVD March 15, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Tina Fey (TV’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (TV’s Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation) reunite in Sisters, the story of two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
‘Sisters’ follows two drastically different, yet equally kooky sisters who have drifted apart over the years. Upon learning of their parents plans to sell their childhood home, they head back to their hometown with the intention of cleaning out their old bedrooms and hopefully talking their parents out of the idea, only to discover upon arrival that the house has already been sold. Furious about the decision, they begin reminiscing on the many good times they had under the roof and decide to throw one final high school style raging party to remember. What begins as a dull adult party with their many old high school colleagues shortly becomes one crazy night they will always remember, at least mostly.
Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) from a script by Paula Pell (TV’s Saturday Night Live), Moore does a solid job at the helm of ‘Sisters’ delivering a generally welcoming and easy-going aura throughout. The film also owes a tremendous amount of credit to the all-star comedic talent comprising the cast including the always dynamic pairing of Amy Poehler (TV’s Parks and Recreation) and Tina Fey (TV’s 30 Rock), along with Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Ike Barinholtz (TV’s The Mindy Project), John Leguizamo (John Wick), John Cena (Trainwreck)and many more, all of whom deliver solid and humorous performances in each of their respective roles, although John Cena tends to steal many of the scenes he occupies with his hilarious portrayal of a quiet drug dealer.
‘Sisters’ may not be the type of film that breaks new ground in the comedy genre or delivers anything particularly remarkable, but it’s a refreshingly simple and hilarious good time from start to finish, while also a somewhat heartwarming exploration of a time in life which many can likely relate to, and those who may not won’t have any less fun with this raunchy and enjoyable tale of adults who miss the simpler times and are hesitant to let them go. Capably guided by director Jason Moore and featuring the always hilarious pairing of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey accompanied by a supporting cast that nearly guarantees hilarity, ‘Sisters’ is definitely worth a watch. For those who may be hesitant to make a blind purchase, it’s certainly worthy of a rental and a perfect selection for an enjoyable and relaxing evening at home.
For those who would like some information regarding specifics for the Unrated cut of the film, the Unrated version runs a bit over 122 minutes, with the theatrical version running just under 118 minutes (both versions of the film are included) therefore the Unrated version includes just shy of an additional 5 minutes of footage. Unfortunately I’m unable to provide any information regarding specific scene differences as this review pertains solely to the Unrated cut which is the only version of the film I’ve had opportunity to watch thus far.
Overall, ‘Sisters’ is a hilarious good time with a perfect balance of heartwarming and raunchy boosted by the powerful duo of Fey and Poehler whose work together is comedic pairing at its best and the two also play off the talented comedic guest stars with perfect timing, forming into a truly humorous and solid comedy. The film isn’t by any means monumental or overly original, yet it certainly delivers in every way necessary in order to provide one nonstop good time that is well worth a watch.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Sisters’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic and provides a sharp, crystal clear and impressive presentation from start to finish, holding up admirably even during the fast paced, darkly lit and heavily populated sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a top notch high definition video presentation from Universal that should easily please.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great and delivers in every way with a consistently crisp and clean audio presentation, utilizing all five available channels in order to surround the viewer with the soundtrack in addition to crowd activity and other general ambience, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Sisters’ includes a number of enjoyable and hilarious extras. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Jason Moore, Star/Producer Tina Fey, Star/Executive Producer Amy Poehler and Writer Paula Pell’. Also included are a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (running approximately 18 minutes in length altogether) and ‘Extended Scenes’ (approximately 17 minutes altogether) from the film, along with a ‘Gag Reel’ (3 minutes), ‘The Improvorama’ (9 minutes) and a number of other random and hilarious videos including more fun outtakes with the comedic cast, these include: ‘How To Throw A Party’ (2 minutes), ‘Grown-up Parties Suck’ (5 minutes), ‘The Alex Chronicles’ (3 minutes), and ‘The Kate and Pazuzu Chronicles’ (2 minutes). We are also treated to a few Behind the Scenes Featurettes including behind the scenes footage, interviews/comments with the cast and crew and more, the included Featurettes are: ‘A Teen Movie… For Adults’ (10 minutes), ‘The Original Sister’ (7 minutes), and ‘Pool Collapse VFX’ (1 minute).