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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin and Dianne Wiest

Rated: R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: December 18, 2015 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey star in this raunchy comedy directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect).  They play sisters, Maura  Ellis (Poehler) who is divorced and the more sane of the two, and older sister Kate (Fey) ,  an unemployed, irresponsible single mother of a teen girl. 
They travel to Florida to visit  their parents (Dianne Wiest and James Brolin), but when they pull up to their childhood home, they find that its sold and mom and dad have moved to an adult community.   Before the new owners move in, the Ellis girls have a rare moment of shared insanity when they decide to throw one final bash at the old homestead.
They dig out their high school yearbooks and invite just about the whole class - all except a girl that Kate fought with all through school (Maya Rudolph).  They head to Job Lot and load up on every cheesy decoration they can get their hands on.  The guests arrive and after plenty of booze, dancing, drugs and partying, the house is just about destroyed.
Besides Randolph, SNL alums Rachel Dratch and Bobby Moynihan show up.  Moynihan has a long-running and unfunny bit as a nerd who takes too many drugs.  In fact, other than Wiest and Brolin, who are good as their overwrought, put-upon parents, most of the comedy falls flat.
The film has all of the usual stuff that passes as comedy these days, embarrassing sexual scenes, drunkenness, and vulgarity.  I'm tired of the onslaught of guy comedies and just because this one is written by a woman (Paula Pell) and stars two talented women, doesn't necessarily make it any better.

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