2015 wasn’t a bad year for movies, and a marked improvement was that the girls got to act as wild and crazy and stupid in raucous comedies as the Sons of Apatow do. And thus we close out the year with a pair old hands and besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, as they take on the time-honored Comedy Classic: “Let’s Throw a Big Party, Smash Things, and When Dawn Breaks, Grow Up a Bit.”
Jason Moore’s film, scripted by SNL writer Paula Pell, adds a couple of twists. The revelers are middle-aged folks trying to reclaim (or try out for the first time) a wild youth. (In fact, for folks of a similar age, the nostalgic grabs from the 1980s will be especially funny.) The film moves fast enough that you mostly don’t notice it’s about 20 minutes too long, and that some jokes are duds. But Fey and Poehler bring enough enthusiasm — and have such easy comic chemistry together — that you’ll bounce along happily for the ride, even if you know exactly how this party van is gonna crash.