An unexpected reunion forces estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) to come together in the midst of dark times in both of their lives. Both are confused about why their lives turned out so wrong, and their reconnection begins to show them what’s really important.
For a movie full of so much dark and depressing topics, it’s a wonder this movie is successful at being “funny” at all. But it is. And it’s great to see the SNL power team of Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader together again, taking on much more dramatic roles than we’re used to seeing these two loveable goofballs portray.
The Skeleton Twins is a bit slow, and a bit one-note, but it’s an effective story about broken, hurt people just trying to make their ways in the world, living on their own – but learning that sometimes, regardless of how much confusion and frustration it can bring, we need others to join us along the way. The Skeleton Twins is a funny, touching dramedy about troubled siblings that could have been completely depressing, but is infused with a good amount humor and heart.
© Matt Tory, 2014.