Starring: Sandra Oh, Awkwafina, Will Ferrell, Holland Taylor, Jason Schwartzman, and Jon 'Dumbfoundead' Park
Director: Jessica Yu
Quiz Lady is an uneven yet entertaining comedy, rescued by the wholehearted performances of Sandra Oh and Awkwafina as estranged sisters who couldn’t be more different. Despite a bumpy script, the pair have an undeniable chemistry and seem to be having a lot of fun with their wacky roles. The film sharply pivots from slapstick and lowbrow comedy to tender moments of sisterly bonding, but I cannot deny that some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny. Plus, the opposing dynamic paired with the familiar chemistry between the sisters is hilarious.
Despite a somewhat conventional, ridiculous story and an uneven script, Quiz Lady is surprisingly effective in the laughs department. Both Sandra Oh and Awkwafina are outrageously hilarious playing against type, and their fantastic dynamic alone makes this cheesy but charming comedy worth watching. They compliment each other effortlessly, making this film such a fun, wild ride. With that said, the movie works better when it focuses on its sweeter, more intimate scenes between these two estranged sisters rather than its bombastic comedic scenes.