Well, someone had to go up against Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the box office. But rather than simply succumbing to their fate as the number 2 movie of the week of Dec 18., Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters has embraced their underdog status. In fact, they’ve reminded moviegoers that there is plenty of time to see both Sisters and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the week that they open. Even creating a downright hilarious Sisters: The Farce Awakens trailer to do just that.
Not that you ever need one but it’s always great to be reminded just how glorious Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are. I mean, they’re sublime when they are on their own, but when you put them together they’re simply all kinds of yes. Even when they are doing crummy British accents to hide just how overwhelmingly intoxicated they are.
The above trailer does a great job of reminding people that Sisters actually exists. Even as a self-confessed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler super-fan I have to admit that I’d forgotten about Sisters because of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stupid J.J. Abrams and his unyielding promotional campaign.
And while Star Wars: The Force Awakens is clearly going to destroy every film that steps in its way this Christmas, Sisters has come up with a rather nifty hashtag that will probably come in handy after you’ve caught up with Luke, Leia, Han et al for the sixth or seventh time:
Sisters: The Farce Awakens doesn’t really show you what to expect from the film – other than the fact that Maya Rudolph is clearly going to steal every single scene that she’s in. So if you’re still wondering what the film's titular siblings will actually be getting up to, then have a gander at the original trailer below.
This isn’t the first time that a comedy has tried to tackle the impending dominance of a Star Wars film with mirth. Mike Myers and the Austin Powers team did just that with their first trailer for The Spy Who Shagged Me back in 1999 too, with equally hilarious results.
The fact that The Spy Who Shagged Me went on to gross $312 million in the face of the competition from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace should give Sisters some hope.
But, they should also know that the Austin Powers film was released three weeks after the first prequel. Sisters has decided to go toe-to-toe with The Force Awakens in the same week. And while it’s clearly going to get obliterated at the box office at first, it will hopefully find an audience over the subsequent weeks to exceed its $30 million budget. But if not, at least it went down swinging.