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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the story?
Kate Elllis (Tina Fey) and her sister, Maura (Amy Poehler), find themselves plunged back into their high school years when they discover that their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) are selling their family home. Maura, a disciplined nurse with a big heart and a need to take care of everyone, is overwhelmed by nostalgia and realizes she spent much of her teenage years not taking any risks; for Kate, a trip back home could be just the reset she needs after a string of job misfortunes -- some of which is of her own doing -- and an estrangement from her daughter. But being home reminds Kate of just how long she's been irresponsible. Can the sisters host one last big party and reinvent themselves at the same time?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Is Maura and Kate's relationship a healthy one? How does it change over the course of the movie? How is Sisters different from -- or similar to -- other films about sibling relationships? Teens: If you have siblings, how do you think your relationship will change as you get older?
Is Kate an irresponsible mother or just one who's having a hard time? How does the film characterize her relationship with her daughter?
- In theaters: December 18, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: March 15, 2016
- Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz
- Director: Jason Moore
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters
- Run time: 118 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use
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