COMEDY; 1hr 58min
STARRING: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, James Brolin, Diane Wiest, Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo
Kindred souls: Poehler (left) and Fey
Last seen together onscreen in 2008's Baby Mama, Poehler and Fey are great mates and so in sync as do-gooding younger sister Maura and her untamed opposite, Kate, that maybe they should be sisters — just not in such a seen-that scenario. The slimline Jason Moore–directed premise has Maura and Kate bonding in an adolescent protest at the sale of the Florida home of their parents (Brolin and Wiest, still zesty after all these years). To smooth the letting go, the sibs throw a last-hurrah party for one and (almost) all. It goes off every which way, which we all know that movie parties (American Pie, Old School, Superbad, The Hangover et al) are thumpingly prone to do.
"The young you still lives inside you," Kate urges her mixed bag of wasted, heedless, home-wrecking guests, not that she needs to. The night was bound to spin out of control. Why bother otherwise? And of course, when the bulldust finally settles, its centre of gravity comes down to the mainstream American way of healing family truths. Nice try, ladies, but even though you're a neat, exuberant, quick-thinking fit, the high jinks are frat-house forgettable.