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This was probably one of the most straight-up-Sundance films from this years festival. It has a relatively simple story, that dissects the lives of two siblings who are trying to find a way to coop their past and comes with Sundance veteran’s Mark and Jay Duplass as Executive Producers. Can’t be more Sundance than that! With lovely performances by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, second time director Craig Johnson creates a dark, indie drama that delivers some solid laughs.

Synopsis:

Living separate lives on opposite sides of the country, estranged siblings Maggie and Milo are at the end of their ropes. But after a moment of crisis reunites them, Milo goes to spend time with Maggie in the small New York town where they grew up. A dental hygienist, Maggie struggles with her unhappy marriage to the painfully good-natured Lance, while Milo tracks down Rich, the English teacher with whom he shares a checkered past. Adrift and wondering how they ended up so far from who they were supposed to be, the siblings try to patch things up.

The twins’ father once told them to stick together no matter what. The Skeleton Twins is about discovering what that means.

The Players:

The Good:

  • Hader and Wiig’s Dynamic: There’s no denying that when these two get together, there’s magic to be had. Despite them being two of the top comedic actors working today, both give beautiful dramatic performances that show that these two have progressed far past their SNL days. But, that being said, if you have Hader and Wiig on screen, it’s illegal to not have some comedic scenes. These two are both so quick witted, with such amazing timing, that they’re able to have you in stitches without having to be overt. Their comedic tone was both needed and enjoyable in their otherwise very serious and at times depressing film, that really needed that light to keep it moving.
  • Finding the Truth: This film does a great job of breaking down the norm, and showing that everyone has a story, and often times the more normal someone seems, the more they have to uncover.

The Bad:

  • No Greater Meaning: Despite loving all the actors and wanting to care about the characters, there was something lacking from their story that ever allowed me to really connect with them or understand their world. I may have empathized for them, but the story never penetrated the fourth wall and was never able to become truly effective.

Overall:

This felt like a very Sundance film, with some lovely moments between the talented duo, that ultimately takes you through a very personal experience that you can appreciate but never truly connect with,

Rating: 6.5/10