Who wouldn’t want to see a hilarious feature film comedy starring Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader? Except it’s not a hilarious comedy, but a dark dramedy called The Skeleton Twins. In fact, the film begins with the titular twins both contemplating suicide while on different sides of the country.
The film, directed by Craig Johnson (Looper), opens nationwide this weekend. It is receiving mostly positive word of mouth and critical reviews, and is currently at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.
The tagline for the film, “When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.”
What’s not in the tagline is that both twins are morbidly depressed, that their father killed himself, and that the pair has not seen one another for ten years. They’re also both alienated drifters.
Don’t worry it’s not all dark and depressing, the film has a few bright moments. Moira Macdonald, a critic for The Seattle Times, puts the film into what she calls a “sad comedy genre.” She wrote of one of the film’s comedic set pieces, “Though the film has many funny moments — most notably a priceless lip-sync performance to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” that brings the twins (and us) a moment of perfect happiness — the primary note struck here is one of quiet regret and, eventually, cautious hope.”
— The Skeleton Twins (@SkelTwins) September 24, 2014
"The Skeleton Twins" is entertaining, satisfying and offers rich performances by a fine cast http://t.co/YK3UowmzKM
— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) September 16, 2014
Also starring in the film is Luke Wilson, who plays the nice guy married to Wiig’s character. And if you’re a fan of Modern Family, you will be excited to see Phil Dunphey himself, Ty Burrell, on the big screen.
Are you planning to check out The Skeleton Twins? If you have, what did you think of the film?