Arthur Allan Seidelman
Mary Stuart Masterson
Although shot in a very handsome fashion (and boasting some truly excellent performances, which we'll get to in a minute), THE SISTERS feels a whole lot like a stage play ... which it is. That's not to say you can't have a "stagy" movie that's still insightful and/or entertaining, but this film doesn't look like it was "adapted" from a stage play as much as it was "filmed" at a stage play. The actors frequently storm off-stage left, the locations are few, and some of the dialogue is definitely "theater speak" -- long and elaborate mini-speeches that might work perfectly in a theatrical setting, but for a movie it gets a little stifling.
Perfectly enjoyable as a well-scrubbed soap opera (what with all the dirty secrets and verbal cat-fights), THE SISTERS brings a rather solid ensemble cast to the party. Maria Bello pretty much walks away with the flick (plus, because she's playing a very erudite mega-bitch, she gets most of the best lines), but you'll also find some excellent work from folks like Rip Torn, Elizabeth Banks, Alessandro Nivola, Tony Goldwyn, Erika Christensen, and the always-great Mary Stuart Masterson. Heck, even Chris O'Donnell and Eric McCormack get to play against type -- and do a damn fine job of it.
Also included is the original theatrical trailer.