The Skeleton Twins

by | Dec 16, 2014 | 0 comments

A Warm Film Led by Two SNL Alums

Bill Hader is at his best. The Saturday Night Live alum partnered up with his fellow SNL veteran, Kristen Wigg in order to make one of the most enjoyable films of the year: The Skeleton Twins. Hader was known for his impersonations on the show, his most famous character being Stefon, a homosexual guest that talked frequently on Seth Meyers’ Weekend Update segment of SNL. Stefon is exaggerated and politically incorrect. In portraying homosexual character in The Skeleton Twins we all expected him to portray a Stefon-like character, but we were deceived; instead Hader mesmerized us with one of the best acting performances of the year.

The Skeleton Twins starts out quite dramatically. A New England native, Maggie (Kristen Wigg) is about to commit suicide by taking an excessive amount of pills, when she suddenly receives a call from a Los Angeles hospital that informs her that her twin homosexual brother Milo (Bill Hader), whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years, has attempted to commit suicide. Maggie is then saved and forced to go to LA to pick her brother up. The plan is for Milo to move in with Maggie until he feels better again. Maggie still lives in the small New England town where she and Milo grew up. There, Maggie has married a super enthusiastic and puppy-like guy named Lance (Luke Wilson). Milo is forced to relive good and bad parts of his past that challenge his and Maggie’s relationship.

I would be lying if I said the acting wasn’t the best thing about the film. Hader, Wigg, and Wilson have such an intriguing chemistry. I suspect that Hader and Wigg’s long stance together on SNL helped them appear like siblings. Hader takes on his homosexual character in a realistic and respectful way. For once someone gay isn’t used for humor, and his dialogue isn’t explicitly always referring to homosexual stereotypes and exaggerated hand gestures. Hader allows for us to view Milo as just Milo and not: “the creepy gay uncle” as he himself tags himself during the film. His acting balance not only allows you to perceive his character realistically, but also enlarges Hader’s acting abilities. Wigg in the meanwhile also takes on a less comedic role and shows her capabilities of showing a distressed and utterly confused character. And, as mentioned before, the chemistry between Hader and Wigg is what triples the film’s quality. In the most memorable scene of the film, Milo tries to cheer up Maggie by playing and lip singing to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. I really want to dare this reader to not smile during that scene; you will see that it is impossible to keep a straight face. Wilson keeps up everyone’s spirits. His acting is that of a humble actor, who knows to what point he should shine without shadowing the protagonists. I find it extremely admirable in the way that he handled his role.

Once we look away from the acting, we see that there is a intricately woven script that had smart dialogue and a classically structured story. There could really be an abuse of some great scenes, but writers Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson were smart in keeping the story moving along and reminded its audience that as funny as some scene might be, the film was about the characters’ journey and the laughs were just treats along the way.

A sincerely great film where Hader steals the show and leaves us with the feeling of sibling love.

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 78% 78%

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