Raunchy Females on the Loose in Orlando
By Skip Sheffield
Funny. In a world that’s what “Sisters” is. In two words: very funny.
“Sisters” is a female-centric comedy by Saturday Night Live and “The Awesomes” writer Paula Pell, directed by Jason Moore (“Pitch Perfect”). It is set in Orlando, which is kind of a joke already. It stars Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler, who are two of the funniest women in show business. Whoever said women cannot be as funny as men has never met Tina and Amy.
Fey plays misfit older sister Kate Ellis and Poehler is younger, more successful and proper Maura Ellis. Kate has just lost yet another job working as a manicurist. Maura is always at the ready with financial assistance, but Kate is too proud to admit her true state. When they learn their parents (perfectly-cast James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) have decided to downsize to a condo and sell the house the sisters grew up in, the sisters at first are outraged. Then they get the ill-conceived idea of having a last blowout party in the almost empty house. They call it “Ellis Island Revamped.”
Kate Ellis agrees to behave herself and stay sober. Maura has her cap set for James (Ike Barinholtz), a somewhat shy neighbor who remodels houses. Not unsurprisingly things quickly get out of hand, especially when the Ellis girls’ old high school nemesis Brenda shows up. Maya Rudolph steals every scene she’s in as the uninvited guest from Hell.
In this colorful cast of characters are the high school slacker jerk classmate, Dave (John Leguizamo); the obligatory nutty fat guy Alex (Bobby Moynihan); Rachel Dratch recreating her Debbie Downer character; a cute Korean girl with a specific way of pronouncing her name, Hae-Won (Greta Lee) and the hulking tattooed calm at the center of the storm, Pazuzu (John Cena).
“Sisters’ is short on moral lessons or meaningful content. In fact it is blushingly raunchy with body-part and sex jokes that could only be delivered by a woman without immediate arrest by the PC Police. This is what could be called an ideal girls-night-out comedy, but this guy got a kick out of it too.