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Sisters: From funny to just plain awkward

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in "Sisters"<BR>(Universal Pictures)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in "Sisters"<BR>(Universal Pictures)

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are the title characters in "Sisters." Forty-something divorcées trying to make a life for themselves separated by miles. Fey has a teenage daughter (Madison Davenport) who can't put up with mom's irresponsibility. Poehler is the responsible one, putting all else ahead of her own goals. When they learn their parents (James Brolin and Diane West) are selling the home they grew up in Fey and Poehler are forced to finally come and clean out their room.

The Fey/Poehler formula is the magic elixir which makes this film work. I have no idea how much was scripted and how much was improvisation but it certainly works. It's almost like they can finish each other's sentences.

And that's what helps make a lot of the one-liners work. From the times they are reminiscing in their childhood room to the interactions and dance moves at their ultimate party, it works. The film has its ups and downs, though. Not a lot of the one-liners were funny and even some of the intended funny situations turned out just plain awkward.

When Fey/Poehler gather up old high school friends to re-live the party days, they find time has had its effects. Those high school friends have all found responsibility, maturity and mortality. So the party is boring until drugs and alcohol binging is introduced. I think the filmmakers could have figured out a way to get a party started without vomiting drunks.

A lot of old Saturday Night Live cast members are present. Some are more funny on TV than they are here. But again, it's the formula of Fey/Poehler that carries the film through to the end. There's something for everyone to laugh at and reflect upon.

"Sisters" runs almost a full two hours (118 minutes) and is rated R. I'd give it two out of four Miners.