Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Phil sees SISTERS from Universal Pictures - May 1, 2016

The term "Chick Flick" carries a certain stigma to it. Whenever a man hears this term, they automatically think about dramatic, tear jerking, overblown, estrogen hyped love stories that test bonds of sisterhood and finding and losing that one true love. Granted, some if that is true, however there has been several films that's broken that stereotype recently. Films like BRIDESMAIDS and TRAINWRECK took this standard cliched formula and turned it on its head. Because of this, there has been a shift in opinion on what a "Chick Flick" now represents. Case in point, the new film SISTERS starring Saturday Night Live alumnus Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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The film's official synopsis: Sisters Kate (Fey) and Maura Ellis (Poehler) are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house, much to their dismay. 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 a ground-down adults really need.

Also appearing in the film are Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Leguizamo, Madison Davenport, WWE superstar John Cena, as well as SNL alumnus Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Bobby Moynihan.

Both Fey and Poehler have fantastic comedic timing and chemistry that makes them a formidable tag team of laughs. Now usually Fey plays the straight character while Poehler is known for the essentric ones but here it's reversed. Fey's Kate is the loud, foul mouthed, party hard, balls to the wall forty-something adult who's going on seventeen. Her life is a complete mess, has a daughter who doesn't want to live with her and will take advantage of any situation as all as it benefits her in someway. Poehler's Maura, on the other hand, is the responsible one. She has a good paying job, is responsible, always checks up on her parents and is, quite honestly, pretty boring. She's never been able to cut loose and have fun because she was always the responsible one and take care of her older sister, who was the party animal. So it was hilarious to see these two comedic actresses play against type and the results were side splitting hilarity.

The film was written by the talented Paula Pell, who just also happens to be one of the writers for Saturday Night Live and has been writing for them since 1999. Pell brings a woman's voice as well as a woman's point of view to the comedy genre. Who says women can't be rude, crude and raunchy as their male counterparts? Pell gives our leading ladies plenty of screen time to be funny but also have character development and growth. But one of my favorite scenes is when Kate and Maura do a drug buy with Cena's Pazuzu. Holy crap that was one funny scene!

The film's director Jason Moore made a big splash when he made PITCH PERFECT back in 2012. But did you know the man has directed several episodes of popular televisions shows such as Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Brothers & Sisters and Trophy Wife? Now, I have to admit I do feel bad for the guy because of this reason: his film opened up the same weekend as STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Crazy, huh? While the film didn't do too poorly at the box office, it didn't that well. But Moore did a marvelous job of directing and doing what he was supposed to do. It's a damn funny movie!

SISTERS is another great cinematic example that breaks the mold of the typical chick flick and shows us yet again that women can be funny or funnier than men! I enjoyed the hell out of this film! So for all you ladies out their, if you guy wants to watch a hysterical comedy, then pick this film to watch together! 4 out of 5 stars!! Recommended viewing!!

SISTERS is now available on both Blu-Ray and DVD at your local retailer. The movie is also available at your local Redbox as well as on Netflix and Video On Demand.   

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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