Skeleton Twins

Skeleton Twins

Claire Payne, Reporter

If you’re in the mood for a charming drama with comedic elements, Skeleton Twins is a movie for you. In Skeleton Twins, two Saturday Night Live veterans, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, co-star as estranged twins fumbling to reconnect.

The film opens up with both characters contemplating suicide. Milo (Hader) lives in L.A. as an aspiring actor while his sister Maggie (Wiig) lives as a dental hygienist in New York with her gregarious husband, Lance, played by Luke Wilson.

Following, Maggie receives a call from the hospital, informing her that her brother went through with the suicide but was unsuccessful. Reluctantly, Milo agrees to return to New York with Maggie. At first, their relationship is tense and awkward, but they soon revert back to the camaraderie during their childhood. They bond over their problematic lives, Maggie struggling with her marriage, while Milo struggles with a reunion with an ex-boyfriend (Ty Burrell) and his acting career.

What throws the glumness into sharp and welcome relief are inspired comic scenes in which Milo and Maggie regress and play together like children. In particular, there’s a scene when Milo lip-syncs and cavorts to the Starship’s ’80s rock anthem “Nothing’s Gonna to Stop Us Now,” and it is absolutely hilarious. Another amusing scene is when Milo dresses up in drag for Halloween.

Fundamentally, the tremendous chemistry built up from “Saturday Night Live” between the two is evident. For Hader and Wiig, this film is a bit off from their usual movies; Hader and Wiig usually play that crazy, bizarre character. However, in this movie, they play this angsty, moody role.

The transitions between sincere and absurd are relatively unified and Craig Johnson’s unfussy direction serves as a fine showcase for the two SNL veterans to demonstrate how their comic shorthand plays equally well in a slightly darker register.