With Sisters opening in theaters this weekend, Collider recently chatted with stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Ike Barinholtz, director Jason Moore, and writer Paula Pell who are responsible for bringing the hilarious comedy to life. When the Ellis siblings (Fey, Poehler) realize their parents (James Brolin, Dianne Wiest) have sold the family home, it comes as a big blow. With one weekend left to clean out their childhood bedroom before the new owners take possession, they suddenly decide to throw one final cathartic rager at the old homefront for all their aging high school friends.
The filmmakers spoke about their recent collaboration, how they set out to make a fresh and funny film with lots of familiar comedic faces including many SNL alums, the genuine bond of sisterhood between Tina and Amy, Paula’s amazing script, her alt joke process of slipping Post-it Notes to Jason on set, Jason’s directing style with a genius cast of talented comedians, and why audiences should give Sisters a chance because it’s opening the same weekend as the new Star Wars. To learn more about what it took to put this movie together, here’s a list of 20 things to know about Sisters. Check it all out in the interview below.
1. Tina and Amy have worked together so long they feel like they’re real sisters.
TINA FEY: I feel like we are.
AMY POEHLER: I feel like we’re chosen sisters. I was saying today that our relationship is as old as Lourdes Ciccone.
MAYA RUDOLPH: And as beautiful.
FEY: And as talented.
POEHLER: And as good at dancing. I’m realizing none of us here have sisters.
IKE BARINHOLTZ: All brothers.
POEHLER: I think as a woman you get lucky if you get to choose your family and sisters and people who knew you when. But, you’re not related to them, so it’s easier.
RUDOLPH: It’s way easier.
POEHLER: We were both talking about how interesting it was to see Sisters together, because all sisters like to tell you is how different they are from their sister. I didn’t hear a lot of people saying, “Me and my sister are so close and we’re so alike.”
FEY: We’re exactly the same.
RUDOLPH: We almost killed each other 30 times. There was a lot of blood. And now, we’re best friends.
FEY: We were the only two women on our first improv team together in Chicago. I think that’s where it started to work.
POEHLER: We learned pretty quickly that we liked the same things. We liked speaking the same way. So much of comedy in the beginning is finding your tribe, because no one’s very experienced. No one feels funny, but you end up searching out people who like the same things as you or that get you. That was pretty quick, good, first dating period, and now, today, we’re getting married.