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Sisters (2015)

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Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.

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Jason Moore

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Paula Pell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Maura Ellis
Tina Fey ... Kate Ellis
Maya Rudolph ... Brinda
Ike Barinholtz ... James
James Brolin ... Bucky Ellis
Dianne Wiest ... Deana Ellis
John Cena ... Pazuzu
John Leguizamo ... Dave
Bobby Moynihan ... Alex
Greta Lee ... Hae-Won
Madison Davenport ... Haley
Rachel Dratch ... Kelly
Santino Fontana ... Mr. Geernt
Britt Lower ... Mrs. Geernt
Samantha Bee ... Liz
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Sisters Kate and Maura Ellis 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 of ground-down adults really need.

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Big sisters don't always know best. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,922,855, 20 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$87,044,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,929,161
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Little Stranger See more »
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Datasat | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Amy Poehler quotes the line, "Paging Mr. Herman," from Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), which also featured James Brolin. See more »

Goofs

Kate could not have climbed out of the sinkhole the way she did. Florida soil is soft and sandy; not solid rock. She would have kept sliding back down. See more »

Quotes

Kate Ellis: I'm not a hothead, I'm brassy!
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Bloopers shown during closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Sisters DVD includes an unrated edition with five minutes of extra footage. See more »

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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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DJ Blow the Speakers
Written by Abdul Nasser Saleh, Joachim Rygg
Performed by The DNC feat. Keira Nova
Courtesy of Recurrent Records/Position Music
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Intermittently funny, but not the riot it could have been.
14 September 2016 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest comedians working right now. Sisters feels like the vehicle they need to play out any absurd fantasy they wanted to with no shortage of laughs. In that regard, Sisters is fairly hit or miss. The chemistry between the two of them is electric, and there are a handful of good laughs scattered amidst the almost two-hour runtime. The problems stem from the writing itself. I have no doubt most of the comedic scenes in the movie are improvised, but the forced drama is what drags out the movie. It had no reason to push the two-hour mark. An hour-and-a-half of these shenanigans would have been perfect. By the time the party is over, it feels like the movie could've been wrapped up in the next five minutes, but it continues for another 20 or so minutes with no laughs whatsoever.

The party scene itself is great, though. The entire plot is based around this party that the sisters want to throw in their childhood home before their parents sell it. Once all the supporting cast shows up, including the ever-hilarious John Cena in another eccentric tough-guy role, it becomes a riot. The scene itself takes up about half the movie's runtime, thankfully. It's the stories surrounding it, like the forced drama between the parents and the whole arc of the sisters having to get their act together, that drags the film down. It's roughly half comedy and half drama, with the comedy elements hitting and the dramatic elements missing.

When compared to other female led comedies like Bridesmaids, Sisters doesn't really hold up. It's not as funny, it's far too long, and the dramatic beats don't work. But as its own vehicle for Fey and Poehler, Sisters shows a lot of promise, and hopefully they will have a better project together soon.


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