Here’s an easy recipe for fun: Put Tina Fey and Amy Poehler together, and magic will happen. It likely surprised no one when 2015’s “Sisters” turned out to be quite funny as a result. While critics were mixed on the film, many praised the chemistry between the two leads. Writing for the Seattle Times, critic Moira Macdonald said, “You’ve pretty much seen this movie before, but the chemistry between Fey and Poehler — famously pals off-screen — is, of course, a kick, particularly in throwaway scenes where they seem to be happily wandering off script.”
So, yes, you’re treading into familiar territory here, but who wouldn’t when they know they’re guaranteed a good time? Fey plays Kate Ellis, a wildly messy and undependable single mom, while Poehler plays her younger, more together sister, a divorced nurse named Maura. When their parents (played by James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) decide to sell their childhood home, the sisters plan a blow-out party with all of their high school friends. This obviously means that a fantastic crew of comedians pop up, including other “Saturday Night Live” vets like Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Parnell.