What it's about:
With the impending sale of their childhood home approaching, two disconnected sisters look to recapture their glory days by throwing one last high-school-style party for their classmates. It turns out to be the cathartic rager they both need.
What we thought:
There’s no denying the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The real life besties star as sisters in their latest comedic outing. And it is because of their long term friendship that this movie is so great to watch.
The fact that they have worked together for so long and that they know each other’s comedic timing and style so well lends to making this an authentic watch.
Sisters Kate (Tina) and Maura (Amy) are total opposites.
Kate is a "wild child", who can’t hold down a decent job and doesn’t even have a place to stay much to the dismay of her teenage daughter Hayley (Madison Davenport), who seems to be more adult than her mom.
Younger sister Maura on the other hand is more responsible and highly strung. She’s a nurse who loves to make her sister little inspirational quote cards.
When their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) tell them that they’re selling their childhood home the pair decide to throw one of their infamous Ellis Island parties. This time around though Kate will be the responsible one and Maura will finally let go and have fun.
To quote Drake the party goes from zero to one hundred real quick.
The film takes the high school/college house party genre and turns it on its head. This time around it’s more like a midlife crisis house party. And just like the teens have some important lessons to learn so to do the adults.
Ultimately it’s a laugh fest. Tina and Amy are joined by SNL members Rachel Dratch, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Moynihan. Maya Rudolph plays Tina’s high school nemesis and as usual she is totally superb.
While the plot might be thin it is the great acting of the leads and the supporting cast that make this really one of the best comedies I have seen in a while.
There’s a perfect balance between comedy and heart with underlying themes of family and relationships.
If you’re in the mood for a great laugh this will definitely tickle your funny bone and have you giggling long after the joke is done.
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