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Sisterhood (2008)

 |  Comedy  |  17 October 2008 (UK)
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Catherine St.John-Burke is an independent, uptight, status obsessed, sophisticated, British woman, living alone in London's Chelsea, and doing herself no favors by having an affair with a married man. Her world is turned upside down when she comes home one day to discover an uneducated, Kiwi woman (with very hairy legs) drinking beer in her living room. Shirley Zachary claims to be Catherine's long lost half-sister and that their father, who Catherine thought died when she was a child, is still alive and trying to make claims on both of their properties following the death of their mothers! Furious and frustrated with Shirley's refusal to 'disappear', Shirley reluctantly agrees to undertake a DNA test, and to Catherine's horror, the results concludes that they are indeed related. Both girls agree to work together and track down their 'con-man trapped in the 70s' father in order to get the rightful ownership of their inheritance. Of course, hiding from the local Mob, Jack is not an ... Written by Robert Stein-Rostaing

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Genuinely funny, feel-good film
10 October 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

If you watch the trailer to Sisterhood, you could be forgiven for thinking it's going to be just another chick flick. Fortunately, you'd be wrong. Very wrong indeed. Sisterhood is almost indecently funny.

I don't like chick flicks. There's usually a mildly amusing premise to the film and a predictably sentimental ending with a few smiles raised in between - if you're lucky. Plenty of them fall into car crash entertainment and have me cringing. Sisterhood beats all of this because, in essence, it isn't a chick flick. It's a well-produced, beautifully directed comedy. Sure, it has a sentimental side to it, but sentimentality is more likely to take a pie - or a cowpat - in the face in this film, meaning that it keeps its edge and leaves audiences of both sexes entertained.

There are moments of sheer, comic laugh-out-loud genius in this film. Do go into the film with your silly side firmly plugged in. This is not a film for polite titters, it's for people who genuinely enjoy laughing and still hope that, in a cinema somewhere, there is a film that seeks only to entertain, without getting bogged down in making its stars unattainably perfect, or trying too hard to be the next big thing.

This is a great British comedy, with a nice Kiwi twist that keeps it from falling into the saccharine traps of Richard Curtis' latter outings. And when you consider it was made for just £75,000, you can't help but wonder what they could do with a larger budget.

Can't recommend the film highly enough: go and see it!

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