Director: Craig Johnson
Writers: Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman
Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Joanna Gleeson
Studio: Lionsgate

“The Skeleton Twins” is a dark comedy, but it’s funny. Funny in the sense of how life and familial ties can shape you into an adult. The film constantly tosses in pop culture throwbacks to the 1980s whether it’s the Growing Pains theme on the cell phone or the use of Jefferson Starship. The film wants you to feel the history and longing for the siblings to be in each other’s lives. However, Bill Hader’s character is constantly focused on whether or not he still belongs in the now.

Suicide is such a tricky bitch to show onscreen. You’re either glamorizing it or you’re not using it to full effective. Luckily, Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman find a way to balance out the near impossible. Kristin Wiig and Luke Wilson play Hader’s sister and brother-in-law. Luke Wilson tries his hardest to make connections to Wiig, but she keeps blowing him off. Honestly, that’s about the best depiction of what it’s like to be in a relationship with a depressed person that I have ever seen. They’re hurting, but they will constantly to fight to shove you out the door.

Again, this has be the year’s 10th installment of dark family secrets at the cinema. Hader and Wiig’s characters can’t move past their father’s suicide and their own desires to end it all like him. Their mother has moved on and started a family with new kids after their dad died. “The Skeleton Twins” is a painful look at what happens to the people they get left behind. Whether it’s the end of a relationship, the process of growing up or those that can’t find their way in life. While I chuckled a bit during the movie, I still can’t shake just how dark this movie by the end.


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