Anybody who has been a fan of ‘SNL’ in recent history is well aware of the talented Kristen Wigg and Bill Hader. Yet, it would not be surprising if many were to believe that they were dramatic actors who were also pretty funny and not comedians delving in drama. They have become regular side characters in movies like ‘Adventureland’ or the recent ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’.
In ‘The Skeleton Twins’ they are back in lead roles, but with the same dramatic flair. As a matter of fact, this may be the most dramatic work either one of them have done and also may be the best movie either of them have ever made. That’s not to say this film is not funny. It’s actually quite hilarious at times, but the core of this tale is serious business indeed.
The movie begins with both siblings attempting to commit suicide. It just happens that Milo (Bill Hader) gets to his attempt first. Before his sister Maggie (Kristen Wigg) can down a handful of pills, she receives a phone call letting her know that her brother is in a hospital in Los Angeles. So, she hops a plane from New York to LA as quickly as she can.
At this point in time, it has been 10 years since each of them has seen each other and Milo is not necessarily receptive to her help. Still, when she asks him to move in with her in New York it doesn’t take very long for him to jump on the bandwagon. This may be because he wants to spend some time with his sister, but mostly it’s because he has nothing more he can lose.
When he arrives in New York, Milo is introduced to Maggie’s husband, Lance (Luke Wilson) and forced to tag along with him at work. This is quite humorous being that Milo is a bit of a flaming gay and Lance does manual labor. Lance is actually a really awesome guy that any woman would be lucky to have. Maggie knows this, but she is on the verge of fucking it up anyways.
You see, Maggie’s problem is that she is easily seduced and this leads to her cheating on Lance multiple times. This would seem like the kind of thing you could easily judge someone on, but it’s clear that she is ashamed of herself. She is actually so ashamed that it seems to be driving her to the possibility of suicide.
Meanwhile, Milo tries to rekindle an old relationship with a teacher he had in high school that we find out was highly inappropriate. This only adds to the difficult time that Milo is having and does little to help him find pleasure. In fact, the only real pleasure these twins find is in each other. Whether they are playing with laughing gas or singing with one a
nother in the living room (the best scene in the movie), you know that with each other they will be okay.
The whole things sounds really sad (and it is in many ways), but it’s mostly just honest and there is a ton of comedy. I laughed out loud probably a dozen or more times. In other words, this is a movie that can appeal to a whole range of audience emotions and will force you to think with your laughs. Sometimes that is the very best medicine.
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