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Sisters

Summary: Life hasn’t been fair to Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Tina Fey). When the sisters learn that their parents Bucky (James Brolin) and Deana (Dianne Wiest) are selling the home that they grew up in it makes them realise that life certainly hasn’t turned out the way it was supposed to for either of them.

Maura hasn’t been in a relationship in a long time and through reliving some of Kate’s memories of their teenage years has realised that she has never really lived at all. Meanwhile Kate who was once the party girl is constantly getting fired and is struggling in her relationship with her daughter. Frustrated with the way things are the two girls decide to live once more by throwing one last party in their family home.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th January 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jason Moore

Screenwriter: Paula Pell

Cast: Ike Barinholtz (James), Samantha Bee (Liz), James Brolin (Bucky Ellis), Dan Byrd (Patrick Campbell), Christina Beth Campbell (Young Maura Ellis Age 10), John Cena (Pazuzu), Mia Ciccarelle (Young Maura Ellis Age 6), Samantha Blaire Cutler (Young Kate Age 12), Madison Davenport (Haley), Rachel Dratch (Kelly), Scott Drummond (Officer Higgins), Tina Fey (Kate Ellis), Santino Fantana (Mr. Geernt), Sue Galloway (Jolene Barme), Jon Glaser (Dan), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Kim), Ann Harada (Jean), Brian D’Arcy James (Jerry), Greta Lee (Hae-Won), John Leguizamo (Dave), Britt Lower (Mrs. Geernt), John Lutz (Joel Barme), Adrian Martinez (Officer Harris), Heather Matarazzo (Denny), Kate McKinnon (Sam), Bobby Moynihan (Alex), Matt Oberg (Rob), Chris Parnell (Phil), Paula Pell (Dana), Amy Poehler (Maura Ellis), Maya Rudolph (Brinda), Emily Tarver (Brayla), Kristen Vincent (Young Kate Age 6), Colleen Werthmann (Cray), Dianne Wiest (Deana Ellis)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification: CTC

 

OUR SISTERS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The female members of America’s comedy set have been on fire when it has come to films over the past few years. While the likes of Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell have delivered bomb after bomb the women have produced hit after hit. Films like Bridesmaids and Trainwreck have seen the likes of Kristen Wiig and Amy Schumer become household names right around the world. Now comes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s (who bring Maya Rudolph along for the ride) new celluloid baby Sisters. The good news while it is doesn’t exactly reach the heights of some of the other films previously mentioned it certainly works and haves you laughing throughout.

What works about Sisters may completely surprise audiences out there. If you’re expecting a smart comedy like Bridesmaids then keep moving because Sisters is very much the female version of a film like American Pie. Directed by Jason Moore (who brought us Pitch Perfect) and written by long-time Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell Sisters is all about grown women acting badly and Poehler and Fey just seem to lap it up.

In this politically correct time it is surprising what Sisters gets away with. The jokes range from quips about both male and female genitalia right through to the right and wrong ways to announce Asian names. Of course most of the humour centres on the wild antics of the party guests at Maura and Kate’s party-to-end-all-parties but the film also takes some time to take a look at some more serious things such as the fractured relationship between a mother and a daughter through to people realising that their lives have gone completely off track.

The fact that the party provides most of the laughs is a stroke of comedic genius in itself. While there may be one of two too many sight gags the film keeps you laughing all the time. Thanks not only to the humour delivered by Poehler and Fey but also by Ike Barinholtz (who plays Poehler’s love interest), Bobby Moynihan who plays lovable-drug-fuelled-loser Alex and Maya Rudolph who seems to love playing rejected party guest Brinda. Along with other cameo roles, such as John Leguizamo and John Cena, these smaller characters in the film seem to come together and just deliver laugh and laugh and soon you find yourself barracking for more than just the lead characters. Moore and Pell’s decision to allow this to happen may have been a huge risk but it pays off for them time after time.

Of course the stars here though are Poehler and Fey and both just seem to feed off the comedic talent and energy that is around them. However that doesn’t mean that they allow themselves to res on their laurels. No these two work ultra hard as well and while they deliver the laughs that were scripted for them amazingly well you also get the feeling that a lot of this film has been ad-libbed by the pair and that works well as well. While the world may have been concentrating on the new breed of Amy Schumer and co over the past few years it is obvious that Fey and Poehler want to show the world that they are still in the peaks of their career as well.

So many of these party movies fail every year but here Sisters works brilliantly well. While I wouldn’t exactly describe it as a top comedy it does more than enough to keep the laughs coming throughout the film, okay you may even have a couple of laughter explosions during it, and that is more than you can say for a lot of the comedies that are around these days. Even better is the fact that this is some of Poehler and Fey’s finest work and is a must for those that love their brand of comedy.

 

Stars(3)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Sisters (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Sisters reviews: You can listen to our full Sisters  review on a future episode of  The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show. You can also read our Sisters review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

Trailer:

 

Summary: Beca (Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: N/A

Country: United States

Director: Jason Moore

Screenwriter: Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin (book)

Cast: Utkarsh Ambudkar (Donald), Skylar Astin (Jesse), Elizabeth Banks (Gail), Anna Camp (Aubrey), Ester Dean (Cynthia Rose), David Del Rio (Kolio), Adam DeVine (Bumper), Kether Donohue (Alice), Caroline Fourmy (Mary Elise), Karan Gonzalez (Barb),  Jawan Harris (Timothy), John Benjamin Hickey (Dr. Mitchell), John Michael Higgins (John), Kelley Jakle (Jessica), Jinhee Joung (Kimmy Jin), Brock Kelly (Howie), Anna Kendrick (Becca), Alexis Knapp (Stacie), Hanna Mae Lee (Lilly), Nicole Lovince (Kori), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Tommy), Ben Platt (Benji), Shelley Regner (Ashley), Brittany Snow (Chloe), Cameon Deane Stewart (Tom), Freddie Stroma (Luke), Wanetah Walmsley (Denise), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy), Jacob Wysocki (Justin)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Pitch Perfect’ Review:

Just as a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, likewise a film should never be judged by its trailer. Take a look at the trailer for ‘Pitch Perfect’ and you’ll probably be thinking that this is a film based at teenage girls who think that ‘Glee’ is quality television… what you won’t realise is that ‘Pitch Perfect’ is a fairly decently written comedy with a kick ass soundtrack.

Based on a non-fiction book by Mickey Rapkin ‘Pitch Perfect’ sees Becca (Anna Kendrick – End Of Watch, The Company You Keep) soon find herself part of the College a cappella music scene. The career driven Beca doesn’t even want to be a college, she has her future mapped out ahead of her she is going to be a DJ and a music producer, but despite her obvious talents her father forces her to attend Barden University.

In a bid to show her father that she is in fact fitting into the school she reluctantly decides to join the Barden Bellas, a singing group that have been a massive failure over the year, especially due to an on-stage ‘spewing incident’. Rubbing salt into their wounds is the fact that their rivals The Treble Makers are from their school and find regular success. The Barden Bellas’ leaders, Aubrey (Anna Camp – TV’S The Good Wife & The Mindy Project) and Chloe (Brittany Snow – Petunia, 96 Minutes) are tired of their group constantly finishing second so start a massive recruiting drive that sees the likes of Becca and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson – Ice Age: Continental Drift, What To Expect When You’re Expecting) joining the ranks.

With their rag-tag team of singers coming from all walks of life Aubrey and Chloe know they have their work cut out for them, but that job is made even harder when their members keep breaking the rules and fraternize with the opposition, even Becca isn’t immune when she finds herself attracted to Jesse (Skylar Astin – Wreck It Ralph, TV’S House) who is one of the newer Treble Makers.

Surprisingly ‘Pitch Perfect’ doesn’t fall into the same traps that so many of these type of films do. While ‘Step Up’ falls when it introduces lackluster storylines and character clichés, ‘Pitch Perfect’ does the opposite. Here screenwriter Kay Cannon has blessed the film with interesting characters and given them some fabulous one liners that makes sure the film never dips. In fact so interesting are the characters that you find yourself caring for a quite a few of them.

One of the weaknesses however in Cannon’s writing is that the male characters seem to lack a lot of the spark that the female characters have. The male characters all seem to be there to be the ‘bad guy’ and while film geek Jesse is shown in a different light even his character isn’t strong enough for Sylar Astin to go anywhere near being a good leading man.

The main winners when it comes to ‘Pitch Perfect’ are Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Wilson shines when she is given some great moments of ad-libbing (a very funny Tasmanian joke should have Australians laughing) while Kendrick shows the world that she can also sing, and of course there are no questions being asked about her acting since her Oscar nomination… rightfully so.

‘Pitch Perfect’ is good enough that if your kids want to see it you certainly won’t be bored as they watch it, be warned though some of the humor is very adult orientated.

Other ‘Pitch Perfect’ Reviews By Dave Griffiths: http://www.helium.com/items/2397718-pitch-perfect-movie-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Pitch Perfect (2012) on IMDb