Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are in for a challenge, their upcoming comedy Sisters has the rather unfortunate luck of sharing the same release date as another highly anticipated film, namely, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They are however playing it cool (this is Fey and Poehler we are talking about – they’re not easily fazed) and having some fun with the overlap, as seen in a newly released promotional video for Sisters.
In the video, which is a shot-for-shot parody of a Force Awakens featurette, we see Fey and Poehler along with their co-stars Maya Rudolph and Ike Barinholtz happily spoofing their box-office rival. In the video Fey and Poehler rave about what an exciting and magical experience it has been, and talk about the legends they’ve shared the screen with – because, hey, Maya Rudolph is a big deal.
Rudolph is also one of the funniest things about the trailer, “I am a legend! Sometimes I see my name in crossword puzzles answers” she yells in an underlings face. In another scene she dons a gorilla costume and performs her best – okay, it might not be the greatest – Chewbacca impression. Fey and Poehler also adopt phony British accents, because why not, and talk about the greatness that is J.J… Jason Moore.
Some of the dialogue is also copied straight off, proving what an easy target the featurette is, in the Star Wars reel Mark Hamill says “Nothing’s changed, really. I mean, everything’s changed, but nothing’s changed. That’s the way you want it to be, really”. In the spoof video, Barinholtz takes a note from Hamill by saying “Everything’s changed, but nothing’s changed, some things have changed, and that’s the way you want it to be, really”.
It’s nice to see Fey and Poehler embracing the competition with loving humour instead of accepting defeat or taking a more graceless route. The point of the video is to clearly point out that they understand that their film is in no way as big or exciting as Star Wars and the do it perfectly. Watch the full parody below and also watch out for the brilliant Star Trek cameo at the end, and remember #YouCanSeeThemBoth