MUMBLESPUNK REVIEW | Your Sister’s Sister
Your Sister’s Sister is the second ‘mumblecore’ movie to hit multiplexes this year (the first being Jeff, Who Lives At Home) and it is arguably a better adaptation of the genre to the big screen. Here we have Jack (Duplass) who is out of sorts emotionally going to spend a weekend at his best friend Iris’s (Blunt) family lake-house, only to find her sister, Hannah (DeWitt), already there when he arrives. They end up sleeping together only for Iris to arrive the next day and declare her love for Jeff to Hannah and the whole thing spirals from there. The film deals with these difficult situations with an honest, humorous and realistic approach that will keep fans of the genre happy. Where the production values and ability of actors may have improved on traditional mumblecore flicks, the subject and the way that it is expressed in the film plays just as true as those that have come before it. The four prominent forces behind the film (the three leads and Shelton herself) all deserve a great deal of credit in this as, even when there are a few moments that play more like a traditional indie romance film, the dialogue is delivered in a fashion that you may have seen someone speak to you before.
It is strange to praise a film-maker for purely capturing reality and actors for realistically embodying every day people and how they react, but that is exactly what I am doing and this film definitely deserves that praise.
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