Monday, February 1, 2016

Sisters (a movie review post)

There's something to be said for any movie willing to go up against Star Wars and, whatever that is, it can be said about Sisters. No, I'm not sure what it is, but I know there's something. Actually, they may have said it best with their promo explaining why they kept December 18 (henceforth known as "Star Wars Day") as their release date:


Honestly, the promo is my favorite thing about the movie, which is not to diminish the movie at all, but I think the promo is pretty darn awesome.
Not that it has anything to do with the movie itself.

So, yeah, I'm sure if there was an actual movie category called "stupid comedy" that this would be in it, but, then, so would a lot of very popular and great comedies going all the way back to the 80s. That doesn't make them not funny. And, yes, there are some things that cross the line of believability in Sisters, but that doesn't make it not funny.

And it is funny. Very much funny.
But with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler how could it not be?

There's even a little bit of message about what it is to be family.
But, mostly, it's just funny.
And a little bit painful. The music box knows what I mean.

There's not much else to say about this one.
James Brolin and Dianne Wiest were great as the parents. My kids are still teenagers, but I could totally empathize with them.
John Cena was hilarious.
Ike Barinholtz was good but a little bit distracting because he looks too much like Mark Wahlberg, and my brain kept wanting it to be Wahlberg but it wasn't, which was disconcerting.

Look, I get it. Usually these kinds of movies are full of teenagers doing dumb teenager kinds of things, but that's the point. The point that we don't ever really grow out of wanting to do those things. I guess. I mean, I never did those things, but I had friends who did, so I get it. Basically, you have to find the balance between growing up and staying a kid.

And it's funny!
Just remember to turn off the water.

16 comments:

  1. I went to see it with some girlfriends and we laughed until we cried. And maybe even peed a little. You are so right about Ike. From the previews, I thought it was Mark Wahlberg, so imagine my disappointment when I realized it was not!

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    1. JKIR,F!: I guess Date Night was enough for Marky.

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that it's as funny as I wanted it to be. Knowing this, I'll buy it when it comes out. I love a good comedy. And stupid comedies are my favorite comedies. They don't make them like they used to.

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    1. Elsie: They tend not to. Every few years, there will be a good one.

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  3. I don't know. I don't like Tina Fey, and this movie seemed to be trying too hard, at least in the promos. Then again, I've not liked many of the really stupid-comedy movies.

    (You're right: It's a genre.)

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    1. Briane: It didn't seem like it was trying too hard to me, but I like Fey and Poehler, so maybe that's why.

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  4. Probably not my kind of movie. Brolin and Wiest as parents? Odd combination.

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  5. We certainly don't grow out of wanting to do those things. Or at least that's what I tell myself to justify my childish actions. Sounds like my kind of movie. I'm not sure it's something I want to see in a theater, but I'll probably see it when it's on DVD.

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  6. I haven't seen this movie, but if it shows up on my tv at some point I'll tune in to watch it.

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    1. Michael: You will probably find it funny.

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  7. I have been waiting for my daughter to come home from Sundance to go see this movie. I usually never read reviews of movies that I plan to see but for you my friend I made an exception :)

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    1. Jennifer: Well, thank you! :)
      I hope you and your daughter enjoy it!

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  8. I saw a preview of it and thought it looked hilarious. I was planning on seeing it, but I got all distracted by Star Wars. I do love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler though. I'll definitely get around to seeing it one of these days.

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    1. Jeanne: My wife and I went to see it Star Wars weekend, but I'd already seen Star Wars twice at that point.

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