starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
format: Shaw Video On Demand
plot: When two 40-something sisters get a call to come home because their parents are selling the house, they decide to throw one last bash.
This is one of those films where I just turned off the tv and am going "what just happened?", it's that forgettable. The baseline here is the bond between the two leads. One, who is an over achieving caregiver who has fallen into a rut after her divorce, the other a party till you drop mom who can't keep a job. We've seen this countless times in films, some better than others.
Fey and Poehler have a believability between them, that no matter what you watch them in, they seem like two ends of the same braid.
We're taken back to the 80's for a bit with the family house, particularly their shared bedroom. Everything from posters from teen magazines of the time, to the oversized squeeze bottles of bubble hair gel. While the sisters bond over their shared memories, we learn that the "good sister" is keeping secrets from the "bad sister"; namely, she's been letting her niece stay with her, while the out of work mom worries sick. From there, it just plays out like a teen movie we would have seen in the late 80's/early 90's. They invite everyone they grew up with, except for the one girl who snubbed them in high school, and proceed to destroy the house.
The big themes here seem to be about living up to your full potential. As we have the Fey character (bad sister) having to take responsibility not just of the party for the night, but admitting that the way she's been living her life to this point, has been rough on everyone around her, specially her daughter. While the Poehler character (good sister) has been too afraid to do anything irresponsible/take a risk even once. And has missed out, fearing herself to have become too boring even in her own eyes. This is their chance to prove that they still have what it will take to live up to the other person's ideal.
what did I learn? Slapping John Cena into a movie is apparently cheaper than building a talking house plant.