Film Review: Sisters
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★★★☆☆ This year, seeing the lead character of Trainwreck and now of Sisters be women in their 30s and 40s who refuse to quite let go of their 20s party-lifestyles, we may be due a moratorium on the word ‘manchild’. A more gender neutral term is needed: like ‘The Un-grown’. Sisters follows Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler), titular siblings of the picture. Kate is a single 40-something mother who’s recently been let go from her job and can’t find a permanent home. Younger sister Maura is divorced and still single after two years, worrying too much about other people in her nice, organised way to sort her own life out. When their parents announce that they are selling their childhood home, the girls are outraged. In one last rebellious effort, they throw a house party for their old school friends, all of them grown up and fairly sad. The twist for the ladies this time however, is that uptight Maura will finally be able to let her hair down like she never did as a teen whilst self-proclaimed “brassy” and “un-grown” Kate has to play Party Mom. It’s a very familiar premise, and nearly every single beat can be seen from the start. Yet it’s ever so slightly rejigged: think the overgrown kid syndrome of Step Brothers mixed with the party-centred plot of a Project X. Except with women.
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