- The Washington Times - Friday, March 18, 2016

The comedic might of former Second City and “Saturday Night Live” stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivered a box-office hit in a raunchy coming-of-old-age film last year.

A special cut of the effort (an extra 5 minutes or so added) arrives on Blu-ray in Sisters: Unrated (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $34.98, 122 minutes) to further explore what happens when the polar opposite siblings Kate (Miss Fey) and Maura Ellis (Miss Poehler) lose a secure place in the galaxy after their parents sell their childhood home.

Before the new stuffy owners take possession, that means time for a big party with the pair inviting most of their middle-aged former high school associates and newly acquired acquaintances for one last wild blow out.

Pockets of hilarious and eventually heartwarming shenanigans ensue courtesy of a co-star line-up of comedians including Maya Rudolph (former SNL alum), Bobby Moynihan (current SNL player), Ike Barinholtz (Second City and “MADtv” alum), Rachel Dratch (former Second City and SNL alum) and Kate McKinnon (current SNL player) along with John Leguizamo, John Cena, James Brolin and Dianne Weist.

Extras are robust but focused, as one might expect with a free-wheeling comedy featuring Miss Fey and Miss Poehler, on the improvisation — relayed in almost an hour’s worth of deleted and extended scenes, outtakes and the obligatory gag reel.

I also appreciated a 6-minute featurette that has writer Paula Pell’s explaining the plot’s source material, somewhat culled from her and her sister Patti’s diaries. The segment includes the cast reading passages from Miss Pell’s secret tome.

Additionally, an optional commentary track will satisfy fans as Miss Fey, Miss Poehler, director Jason Moore, and Miss Pell cover the production.

They load up on memories and insights about the cast and shoot while the easy banter sounds like good friends getting together for a high school reunion.


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