The Skeleton Twins

Movie:  The Skeleton Twins

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:  A whole lot of people make it to their mid thirties and realize that their lives are not going where they had hoped.  In fact, this is about the time major depression sets in, because realization has set in that life can really suck.  This is where Maggie (Kristen Wiig) finds herself, after rushing to the side of her brother Milo (Bill Hader) who has made a half-assed attempt to kill himself.  So Maggie does the sisterly thing and brings Milo back to live with her and her husband Lance (Luke Wilson), just to give him a chance to get his head together and figure out what he wants to do with his life.

Of course, even the best intentions can often go awry.  Milo is gay, and decides to seek out his former teacher, who took him on his first foray to sex.  Maggie and Lance talk happily about having a baby, although Maggie is secretly taking birth control pills.  We discover Maggie and Milo have been estranged for ten years, and that is a long time to be apart and not communicate.  We do know that they are in agreement that their mother Judy (Joanna Gleeson) is a major factor in how their lives are turning out.  And in what happened to their father….

Don’t let television ads fool you; this is not a comedy.  It is much too dark to even foist that “dramedy” term on the audience.  Yes, there are a few clever lines that may provoke a chuckle, and the highlight of the movie for people who enjoy these performers on Saturday Night Live is the lip-synching scene to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship.  Pure delight.  Having said all that, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig will surprise you at how good they are as dramatic actors.  Dare I say it?  They both could (and should) get consideration for Best Acting when the Academy Award nominations go out.  This is a film I highly recommend.

Huh?  What the ….:   Milo goes to get his teeth cleaned in a dentist office.  Since when do people get “put under” with gas for a cleaning?

Dialogue Nuggets:  “I was a fat kid.  I looked like a pillow with legs.”

“You’re a restless housewife with whore-like tendencies.”

“God, what the hell happened to us?”

“This harness has my balls in my throat.  What are you, some kind of climbing Nazi?”

“Maybe next time you should cut deeper….”


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