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Why ‘Sisters’ Needs To Be As Big A Deal As ‘Star Wars'

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Listen up, you scruffy looking nerf herders! This weekend, all anyone's going to be talking about is the brand new "Star Wars" movie that's dropping in theaters December 18. It would be downright nonsensical to schedule a film release opposite this nostalgic juggernaut of a cinematic experience, right? Totally no one is doing that, right?

Wrong. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's latest movie "Sisters" is also coming out this weekend -- and let's face it, they all know they're going up against an unstoppable blockbuster, because they've already had plenty of fun at the expense of of the very real and legendary "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and practical effects in this brilliant behind-the-scenes parody of their Comic-Con footage:

#YouCanSeeThemBoth indeed! Regardless of whether you're avoiding "Star Wars" like the plague or you're literally standing in line for it right now, you owe it to yourself to go see "Sisters" too. After all, the two will pair with one another nicely, for the following reasons:

  1. Like "Star Wars," "Sisters" is also a movie about reclaiming your lost youth.

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    Imagine returning home to catch up with your family, only to discover that your parents have sold the house you grew up in out from under you and need you to pack up all your stuff in a weekend. Admit it, that would totally ruin your childhood way more than the worst "Star Wars" movie could -- and that's what happens to Kate (Fey) and Maura (Poehler), who decide that they need to commemorate their time at the house by throwing one last blow-out party. No matter what age you are, the painful experience of digging through all of your awkward pre-pubescent belongings and catching up with people you haven't seen since high school is infinitely relatable -- and really funny to watch when it's happening to other people.

  2. It's showing you a side of Tina Fey that you've probably never seen before in your life.
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    In previous iconic roles like Ms. Norbury in "Mean Girls," Liz Lemon in "30 Rock," and Kate in "Baby Mama," Fey has played the upright, respectable, glasses-wearing straight man (what do you call the female version of a straight man? Straight "ma'am?") amidst a see of comedy weirdos. Not so in "Sisters," where she plays wannabe amateur hairdresser slash family disappointment, who wears leopard-printed bras, makes charts of "all the penises" she's ever seen, and embarrasses the heck out of her teenage daughter on a regular basis. It's at times shocking, and yet incredibly satisfying, like watching your high school librarian do a keg stand and then belch-rap the entirety of "Superbass."

    Fey does not actually perform such a magnificent feat, though, because despite being the rowdier of the two sisters she's actually playing designated den mother at the party so that the dorkier, goodie-two-shows Amy Poehler can let her freak flag fly -- which gives both actresses the chance to bounce off one another in the funniest way possible.

  3. It's reuniting some of your favorite talented people.
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    Sure, Tina and Amy get to hang out and snark on the regular as award show hosts these days, but there are plenty of other hilarious "Saturday Night Live" alums to look forward to in "Sisters," all of whom get to briefly steal the show -- like Maya Rudolph, who plays the uppity rival trying to sneak her way into the party, or Bobby Moynihan, the corny high school clown who loses his sh-t while no one's paying attention. Even Rachel Dratch makes a wonderfully Debbie Downer-inspired appearance.

  4. And introduces some of your newest comedy faves into the fold.
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    Seriously, wrestlers are the literal best at delivering the most ridiculous lines in a completely straight, deadpan tone -- and like The Rock and Dave Batista before him, John Cena is really starting to make a name for himself in the comedy world post-"Trainwreck." He's basically the Oscar Isaac of giant, intimidating doofballs.

  5. Finally, it's ridiculously, hilariously raunchy.
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    "Star Wars" is great, but you know what it doesn't have? Jokes about getting laid, doing drugs, drinking too much and accidentally ending up with a ballerina music box rammed right up your keister (although it does have that Sarlacc pit, which is just as gross and oddly sexual when you think about it). If that kind of humor is up your alley, then so is "Sisters," because it delivers in a clever, downright gut-busting way on par with movies like "Bridesmaids" and "Spy."

"Sisters" hits theaters December 18.