It’s been roughly 16 hours since Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s last collaboration, which I'm sure you’ll agree is entirely too long. In what’s now but a faint cultural memory, the duo co-hosted the Golden Globes last night, reminding the world at large that they go together like peanut butter and jelly, like denim and denim (when done thoughtfully), like Jon Hamm and going commando in well-tailored suits.
Before Poehler and Fey took down Bill Cosby, George Clooney, and North Korea in one fell swoop, they’d been best friends for 20 years, which is one of those fun facts that continuously provides me with the will to live. They met at Chicago improv theater iO (where, as Poehler puts it, “I remember Tina Fey wrote a play about Catherine the Great fucking a horse and I thought, ‘That lady is hot stuff, I wanna know her’”), and went on to co-star on SNL, collaborate on Mean Girls, grab each other’s breasts on national magazine covers, and release the criminally underappreciated Baby Mama (2008). Baby Mama currently has a 64 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a B+ CinemaScore rating, and a well-worn DVD copy of itself on my shelf that I will save first during the apocalypse. Baby Mama is a cinematic masterpiece, if only because Poehler and Fey’s chemistry is so consistently delightful and contagious that they could co-star in a silent remake of Schindler’s List and rightfully bill it as the “feel-good movie of the year.”
The only thing getting me through this 16-hour dearth of Fey and Poehler collabos is the knowledge that on Dec. 18.—the same day that some other movie about celebrities fighting to the death in space comes out—the pair will again grace the big screen at the same time in Sisters (previously titled The Nest). Universal’s just released an “official first look” (we cannot in good faith call this 20-second thingie a trailer) for the movie, which sees Poehler and Fey playing estranged sisters (no!) who reunite (okay, we’re okay) when their parents decide to sell their childhood home. As every rational adult has once done, the siblings decide to throw one last high-school-style party at their parents’ abode.
This video is really short, so I’ve now watched it approximately 42 times, and can report that it includes, but is not limited to: Fey quoting Beyonce, Poehler and Fey grinding up on each other in the middle of a well-lit kitchen, Poehler wearing lopsided pigtails, baton-twirling, a Xanadu poster, and Poehler getting insulted at a salon. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing, and Paula Pell (SNL, 30 Rock) is writing. And, oh yeah, motherfucking Maya Rudolph will be there, too.