Friday, 14 December 2018

Belles’ cathartic bash rings Christmas bells

AS Oscar season hots up, this week’s offering, Sisters, may prove a welcome relief for many cinemagoers.

AS Oscar season hots up, this week’s offering, Sisters, may prove a welcome relief for many cinemagoers.

This is the time of festive cheer and many will be simply looking for a laugh this Christmas.

Jason Moore, who directed the hugely popular singing spectacular Pitch Perfect, takes charge here — and based on the success of that film, you would think Sisters would follow suit.

Comedy queens Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who seem to have carved out hugely successful careers in daft comedies, are the sisters in question here.

The pair have drifted apart but are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house.

Looking to recapture their glory days, they decide to throw one last high school-style house party for their old classmates — which turns into the kind of cathartic blowout that a bunch of burnt-out adults really need. Fey produces the comedy alongside Jay Roach, of the Meet the Parents series, and Poehler executive produces from a script by Paula Pell, of TV’s Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.

With these names driving the film and a script influenced by Saturday Night Live, the jewel in America’s comedy crown, all the hallmarks of a feelgood flick are here.

Moore, though, must ensure that this doesn’t descend into the cheesefest that characterised Pitch Perfect. The film’s 15 certificate will, I would imagine, put the brakes on that — and hopefully Sisters will rival some of the more successful adult American comedies of recent years such as The Heat, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Bridesmaids.

Most audience members will probably know how the narrative of this film unfolds before they even enter the cinema — two sisters who are nothing short of polar opposites are forced together by circumstances out of their control and after a few teething problems realise they have more in common than they ever thought.

But those willing to part with a few pounds won’t care. This is a film made to make you feel good and will undoubtedly hold its own against the crop of Christmas-themed comedies.

David White

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