The Skeleton Twins Review

A suicidal brother and a suicidal sister are brought together again after 10 years of disconnection. By what I hear you ask? Suicide.

After a failed suicide attempt by Milo, played effortlessly by Bill Hader, which was accompanied with Debbie Harry blaring in the background, he is reunited with his big sister. Maggie (Kristin Wiig) who has her own fair share of issues takes in her brother. He reluctantly accepts unaware of her curious husband played by the ever engaging Luke Wilson. Lance is the typical gruff but naive husband.

Disappointed with married life, Maggie enrolls in a scuba diving class. Instructed by suave Aussie blondie, Billy (Boyd Holbrook), the two connect under the water. But this isn't the first time Maggie has given into new temptations.

The real power on screen comes when Bill Hader. Everything that came before from Knocked Up to Superbad trickles away indefinitely when Milo struts around with his scarf. He is completely convincing as a gay man. With practice on Saturday Night Live, Hader struggles with past temptations in the form of an ex-high school teacher. Played by Ty Burrell, he reluctantly meets Milo and inevitably things pick up where they left off.

The distant and unaware mother (Joanna Gleason) appears briefly only to boast about her new family much to Maggie's dismay.

There are tender moments within the film between Milo and Maggie. Their father's own suicide haunts the both of them whilst they lovingly joke about the counselling sessions afterwards. The painful honesty thrown around in several scenes is cutting but shows the pain endured by the siblings. In contrast, there is a hilarious 80s power ballad mime that is unmissable. You will surely be tapping your foot along with a huge grin on your face.



out of 10

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