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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the rowdy chaos is the message that while sisterhood has its highs and lows, in the end, nobody supports you more than beloved siblings. Other themes include building a life after divorce and forging a stable relationship with your child after a rocky start.
Positive Role Models
Maura is disciplined, meticulous, and caring (perhaps a bit too much so), while Kate is ill-tempered and irresponsible -- but her heart is in the right place, and she's supportive of her sister no matter what.
Violence & Scariness
A rowdy party gets out of hand, and windows, doors, and other things get broken. Long scene in which a character falls onto a child's toy, which results in two other characters trying to remove it from his rectum. Sisters tussle when an argument escalates. Yelling between family members.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of crude gestures and innuendo, and in some scenes characters openly discuss their sexual exploits. Many references to male genitalia, and one character, while on drugs, dips his penis into a bucket of paint and uses it to paint a portrait of said penis on the wall; the painting is shown throughout the movie. One character reads a high school diary out loud, detailing the many guys she bedded. Two adult sisters walk into their parents' apartment and nearly catch them in the act. Their mother is seen in a robe and heels, and the father appears to be hiding in a corner, seemingly nude, though viewers don't see more than his bare chest.
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Frequent use of every expletive you can imagine, from "f--k" and "sh-t" to "ass," "d--k," "c--t," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Brands/products mentioned or shown include Apple, Skype, Diet Coke, Jose Cuervo, Kohl's, YouTube, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking; some drug use. The sisters throw a party and offer booze to their guests, who proceed to get pretty drunk pretty quickly. Pot use, and one character, a drug dealer, opens a bag to reveal his extensive inventory, which he then describes in detail, mentioning drugs like Molly, OxyContin, and heroin. A character appears to have snorted way too much of a substance called Cloud 10, a Molly/Adderall blend.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sisters is a rowdy comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler about growing up, growing old, and learning how to be a better sibling. Though it does touch on some serious concerns -- such as building a life after divorce and forging a stable relationship with your child after a rocky start -- ultimately it's an over-the-top comedy with tons of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), lots of sexual innuendo and crude references (including some detailed descriptions of past sexual exploits and scene in which a man who's high uses his genitalia to paint on a wall), and frequent partying/drinking (definitely to excess) and drug use (mainly pot and a substance that mixes "Molly" with Adderall). There's also a long scene in which a character falls onto a child's toy, which results in two other characters trying to remove it from his rectum. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It wouldn't be fair to say that SISTERS is a disappointment, because it's plenty funny; but it wouldn't be right to say it's a proverbial home run, either. No question, Fey and Poehler elevate the film with their spectacular chemistry, which may be the best reason to see the movie in the first place. But there's nothing much here that we haven't seen before. Audiences will spot the ending a football field away. And the jokes, though funny, aren't really surprising, save for a few gags that escalate into true can't-stop-laughing hilarity. Go for the the stars, not for transcendent comedy.
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