What do you do when your movie is about to open up against one of the most highly anticipated films of all time? Well, in the case of Sisters, you embrace it and run with it.
The new comedy from Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) stars the remarkably funny duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as siblings who have grown apart from one another. They take a trip back to their old childhood home when their parents announce they’re selling, and decide to throw one last high-school style party to go out in style.
The rest of the Sisters cast list is also pretty stellar; fellow Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph joins Fey and Poehler along with another SNL player in Kate McKinnon (who’s also starring in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot) John Leguizamo (John Wick), WWE star John Cena (Trainwreck) and James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can).
From previous trailers, Sisters looks like it will be a really fun comedy film but there’s just one problem; it opens on December 18th. Most people probably have something planned that day already; something along the lines of seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then spending the following days analyzing every minute detail. So what can Sisters possibly do to compete?
Well firstly, they’ve decided not to compete but to offer themselves up as an extra cinematic delight – cannily using the hashtag #youcanseethemboth which will no doubt raise a smile for many and incline some to do just that.
Secondly, as you will see from the glorious featurette above, Fey, Poehler and their team have decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, and they’ve given us a perfect parody of the Force Awakens featurette which was shown at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. Complete with frighteningly realistic, upper-middle class British accents, Fey and Poehler describe the emotional importance of making such a movie, and the creative process their director, J.J…ason adopted. Maya Rudolph also fully embraces the parody and tries her best Chewbacca impression to boot.
To be fair, the original Force Awakens featurette was incredibly insightful and entertaining to watch…it’s just that this is a whole lot funnier and it couldn’t do a better job of reminding us of this movie’s release date. For those of you not interested in the upcoming Star Wars onslaught (that will surely be no-one), opening day or the following few days might be the best time to catch this. However, the bulk of Sisters takings, one would expect, will come over the holidays and into the New Year. It looks like it will be well worth a watch.
Sisters (and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) hits U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015.
Source: Universal Pictures