The pairing of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler practically guarantees plenty of laughs. The comedy stars first met back in 1993 at Chicago’s Improv Olympic and quickly became best friends. Fey went on to join the Saturday Night Live writing team and eventually convinced Poehler to join her. They have since worked together on numerous occasions, with Poehler appearing in Mean Girls (which starred and was written by Fey), as well as starring together in Baby Mama in 2008. The pair has also seen success as award show hosts, teaming up for the 2008 Emmys, and hosting the Golden Globes from 2013 through 2015.
Poehler and Fey are now reteaming once more for Sisters, a comedy telling the story of two sisters (obviously) who discover their parents have sold their childhood home. While clearing out their belongings, the siblings decide it might be a good idea to throw one last high school style party to bid the house farewell. The new trailer for Sisters debuted last night on Jimmy Fallon, and has now been released online. Give it a watch, above.
As with most movies in this comedy vein, Sisters aims to offer a story with real heart at its core, as the recently divorced Maura (Poehler) – the more cautious and sensible of the pair – is encouraged by the wild and raucous Jane (Fey) to get back out on the scene and live a little. All of this is, of course, interspersed with plenty of laugh out loud moments, as featured in the script by former SNL writer Paula Pell.
The film hails from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, with Fey producing alongside Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) and John S. Lyons (Austin Powers, Goldmember). Poehler serves as executive producer with Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Brian Bell (Bad Neighbours, 22 Jump Street). Fellow SNL alumni Maya Rudolph and Kate McKinnon also star, with John Leguizamo, WWE star John Cena (who next appears in Amy Schumer’s comedy Trainwreck) and James Brolin.
Crucially, Sisters goes up against Star Wars: The Force Awakens with their December 2015 release dates. Though Poehler has joked that Sisters will crush the most highly anticipated film of the year, it really is hard to see that anyone will be lining up to see anything else on that opening weekend.
That said, Sisters does look like a whole load of fun, and Fey and Poehler are always such a joy to have on screen that the film might well be worth a watch at some point – even if only to grab a break from all the Star Wars mania.
Sisters opens in U.S theaters on December 18th, 2015.
Source: Universal Pictures