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Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Published January 3rd 2016
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We recently attended a pre-screening of Sisters at our local movie house. When I say we, I mean my man and I. Both semi-retired, with children hedging thirty years of age, and with a tendency towards conservatism. No grey hair yet, but you get the gist.

This would generally imply that this is not the type of movie that either of us would normally enjoy. However, we both found ourselves laughing out loudly throughout despite the vulgarity and plethora of bad language.

There are two sisters: Tina Fey plays the eldest sister, Kate, who is brash, brassy and totally irresponsible. Amy Poehler, whom I'de seen previously in the sitcom Parks and Recreation on the recommendation of my daughter, plays Maura, neurotic, uptight, and dippy.

The premise of this tale is that the parents ring Maura to ask her and Kate to come home to clear out their bedrooms in the family home, as they are downsizing. The girls arrive home to find the house empty and with a Sold sign on the front lawn.

I'm not about to give away the storyline here other than the girls are distressed about this situation which leads them to having one last hoorah in the family home over the weekend. Some of this could have been pretty cringe worthy, except that the two actresses verbally bounce off each other and make situations funny, rather than appalling.

The parents are played by Dianne Wiest and James Brolin. If you are a baby-boomer you too may find the most shocking aspect of this film being how much James Brolin has aged!

Ike Barinholtz plays James, Maura's love interest, and my personal reason for staying with the story. What a honey, and with truly comic facial features.

There is a happy-ever-after-ending with the sisters, accompanied by James, sharing Christmas at their parents home in the retirement complex, as they realise that home is family.

For all its brashness and crassness, this movie is good fun. I looked at my man and had to admit that there were elements of both my own sister and I within Maura and Kate, the film managing to touch on human frailty despite the constant comedy.

Opens in cinemas around Australia on January 7th.
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