Main Plot Points:
- After many years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo lead separate lives on opposite sides of the country. When both feel that they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront how their lives went so wrong.
- For Maggie, that means re-examining her marriage to sweet “nature frat boy” Lance and her own self-destructive tendencies, while Milo must face the pain of an early heartbreak that he never quite got past. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in accepting the past and mending their relationship with each other.
What We Thought:
- The Skeleton Twins is a very dark yet also quite funny comedy. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have great chemistry together and it shows.
- By now everyone knows Wiig is a pretty decent actress especially with comedy. The big surprise here is Hader. Hader is going to surprise the hell out of people with his performance. He was fantastic as the suicidal gay brother. With this and his small role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, he’s going to have offers coming in a lot. Watch out Jason Sudeikis, Hader is coming for you.
- The film won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Not everyone likes movies about suicide and messed up people, but I totally dug it. It’s far from perfect, but it’s something I’d watch again. You find yourself laughing at things you probably shouldn’t be laughing at, but that’s what I liked about it.
- Not one character really has any redeeming qualities to them, but I still found myself rooting for them. Wiig treats Luke Wilson terribly. Hader makes awful life decisions and lies to people about doing well. Yet I still wanted to know what would come of them. It’s probably because of how the pair brought those characters to life.
- It does have some issues of course, but nothing I hated. There’s a clichéd sing along scene that we’ve seen before. Others that saw the film didn’t like it, but I laughed the entire time. Again, it goes back to how Hader and Wiig handled their characters. The ending is pretty open ended, but I actually liked that about it. Nothing about the film is wrapped up in a pretty box because nothing about the film is pretty. You don’t know how the marriage will go. You don’t know what becomes of anyone and I appreciate that.
- The Skeleton Twins is a happy little surprise. Some people can’t take suicide movies with depressing characters, but I seem to love them. I liked that Wilson’s character doesn’t go the typical route of the typical man in movies nowadays. I liked seeing Ty Burrell in a different type of role. I’m shocked at how much I’m enjoying Bill Hader’s acting. I hope to see this again.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Kristen Wiig
- Bill Hader
- Luke Wilson
- Ty Burrell
Recommended if You Like:
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Girl Most Likely
- This is Where I Leave You
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