“I’ve seen it, it’s good but depressing”- Ashli Keller.
I think if you tell most people, hey do you wanna watch a movie with Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Luke Wilson they’d probably either say- “sure sounds funny” or if you’re Bryan Hartman you say “Ahh shit Riley. Kristen Wiig ceiling is D-.” One thing I’m certain of is that Bryan was not expecting a movie about depression and suicide. The movie doesn’t take long to let us know that’s exactly what we’ll be seeing starting with a pair of bi-coastal suicide attempts. Almost immediately we get a solid Marley and Me joke to let us know that Hader and Wiig’s comedy chops won’t get lost in a 100% depressing movie. Maggie and Milo haven’t spoken in a decade for some untold reason but the “gruesome twosome” are clearly more comfortable and able to be themselves around each other than anyone else. Their twin bond remained strong.
We don’t get much background to their younger childhood to see if it was as screwed up but we know Maggie started making out with boys in 5th grade and that Milo was molested by his teacher at 15. Their father committed suicide, their mom is now an eccentric who couldn’t bother to attend Maggie’s wedding. Maggie’s psyche is fractured enough to bounce around to every activity the local YMCA has to offer and screw the instructor all the while lying to sweetheart Lance about planning a family. A lifetime of pain leads the two of them to say the most hurtful things imaginable one-upping each other until Maggie finally suggests next time Milo should just cut deeper. They both immediately regret what was just said and moreso cannot take it back. With Milo heading back to California and Maggies marriage potentially over she decides to finish what she was starting at the beginning of the movie. Side note- weighing ones self down for a suicidal drowning has got to be among the worst ways to do it. Luckily Milo arrives to save the day and the two of them embrace and the camera shows that the two goldfish survived their leaky bag near death experience as well. I’m sure some reviewers will downgrade the movie for tying a little bit too neat a bow on a movie with this subject matter suggesting all is well but I’m fine with it. Speaking of that neat bow- we’re not left depressed Ashli, they made it.
The success of Skeleton Twins, and any movie with its concept with 2 leads on screen at all times mostly together relies on the chemistry between those two leads, even moreso when you make them twins. Not since Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito eamed up has Hollywood given us a better pairing. You can very clearly see that chemistry between Hader and Wiig. Each joining SNL in 2005 and leaving only 1 year apart they have literally spent thousands of hours in the same room together. The scene together in the dentists office harkens back to the years at SNL just being high and goofy and whether you can’t help but enjoy the moment. The lip sync scene with the two of them twinning out is on the short list of funnest scenes we’ve had in the MMC.
Luke Wilson is an A+ in this movie. He stole every scene he was in with the exception of the W face he makes when confronting Maggie about the birth control pills. I get it when people hate on the lovable buffoon persona that he and his brother play so well. But here’s the thing about Lance. We’ve all met the person who seems a little too enthusiastic and gung ho and interested in what you are doing or saying that it feels like total bullshit. Time and again they continue to show the same zest for all things life and time and again you think, he’s this asshole. Eventually you accept they’re just a weird dude that genuinely enjoys other people and you can’t help but feel envious of that energy but at the same time think about how exhausting being that way would be. Only it’s not exhausting to that person just to us normal people who don’t actually care.
“This harness has my balls in my throat, it’s all part of the experience.” This is one of those funny lines you hear and think, that was absolutely something one of the writers heard when he decided to check out the new climbing gym in town a couple of years ago and has been dying to use.
I’m not one of those guys that never cries at movies, I cry frequently when it’s called for. Given the subject matter I’m surprised Skeleton Twins did not bring any tears. A tear shed once or twice could’ve brought me to an A but I think I’ll go A- but can see myself being talked into B+
Original Review by Sean.