Movie Review: “Your Sister’s Sister”

By July 3, 2012

Your Sister’s Sister” has a fairly simple synopsis, and it is this: After recently losing his brother, Jack (Mark Duplass) is advised by his best friend Iris (Emily Blunt) to take a week away from everybody and everything at her father’s island home. When he gets there, he finds Iris’ sister Hannah has taken it upon herself to stay there, too. Turns out she has walked away from a seven year relationship. After a night of drinking, both Jack and Hannah end up sleeping together. The next day they are both joined Iris,  and try to keep their secret from her. Obviously, someone is going to spill the beans, but who and when? That’s all you really need to know, until you see it, which you should.

The film is writer/director Lynn Shelton’s follow up to the painfully awkward and frustrating (yet, in the end, highly rewarding) “Humpday,” which also co-stars Duplass. Both films are populated by very real people, and oddly relatable situations. They are equal parts tender, heart-wrenching and hilarious. If some of the moments don’t seem too well scripted, they’re probably improvised, serving to heighten the sense of reality. I mean, humans don’t tend to speak in dialogue. We aren’t always neat, well spoken and eloquent.

Shot somewhere outside Seattle in the Washington woods, the scenery looks far more remote and beautiful than anything I’ve managed to catch this year, and that includes Woody Allen’s little jaunt to Rome. Of Mark Duplass (who I can’t seem to shut up about lately), I have nothing but praise. Only Jason Segal could have possibly held a candle to him in this role. As for the female leads, both do some great work with slightly meatier roles and screen time than Duplass. I was so glad that Emily Blunt was finally given ample enough space to really showcase her abilities, as she made my heart ache in every scene.

Rosemarie Dewitt comes off a bit rough and inaccessible but that was the point, wasn’t it? She’s really good at playing it rough, having done some similar work Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married.”

So, if you are fortunate enough to be living in an area where the film might be screening, I urge you to check it out.

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Jacob Hayman
Jacob's stomach often hurts and his mind often races. He prefers a good drink and chat to most other things in life, his OkCupid is far more active than his Twitter, and Brazil, Gremlins 2, Magnolia, Pather Panchali, and Roman Holiday are his favorite films. He lives in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised, and constantly considers taking up welding.