This year’s hottest film festival movie is called The Skeleton Twins. It has everything: SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Stefon… I mean, Bill Hader, an amazing lip sync to the love theme from Mannequin, and a midget named Kevin. (Okay, there’s no midget named Kevin.) I decided to check it out last night at the San Francisco Film Fest. Here are some of my thoughts:
1. Soooooo this isn’t Bridesmaids 2?
“Holy hell, wait what? This isn’t funny” was my first thought watching the opening scene of the movie, in which Bill Hader slits his wrist in the bathtub. Cut to Kristen Wiig in another bathroom with a handful of pills contemplating her life. What the shit?? When does Maya Rudolf come into the bathroom to save her?
Wiig and Hader play twins, Maggie and Milo, that have been estranged for ten years that are brought together by failed suicide attempts. Yeah, if you’re looking for a raunchy SNL goofball romp, maybe The Skeleton Twins isn’t your thang. But if you’re into seeing a film where comedic character actors stretch their acting chops into dramatic territory SUCCESSFULLY, then yes, this movie is your bag.
Kristen Wiig does an amazing job, but this is really Bill Hader’s vehicle. Who knew the same guy who does the voice of Flint Lockwood had such range? He brought depth to a role that could’ve easily been a cliche, one dimensional character. And the only reason why these two played these parts so well is because of their comedic background, and their understanding of finding the sweet spot in subtlety.
Also serving up some awesome performances are Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson, two actors also known for their comedic timing.
2. You’re gonna wanna call your sister. Or your brother. Or your twin you haven’t heard from in ten years.
The only two things I cry at in movies are, 1) Dying pets, usually dogs, and 2) Sibling stories. If you have siblings, you understand the weird “I hate you, you’re so annoying” feeling that is weirdly warped with “I fucking love you and would give my left nut for you.” There’s never anything simple about siblings. The relationships are messy and beautiful at the same time. And it seems for sibling relationships that have gone south, there’s always this nagging question of “Where did we go wrong?”
Notice that Bill Hader is reading Marley & Me.
So yeah, being one of three girls with VERY STRONG personalities, the writing and the storytelling of rekindled sibling love totally resonated with me… and I shed a tear. And then I came home and talked to my sister.
3. Whattaya mean BILL HADER AND KRISTEN WIIG ARE HERE??
Yeah. So. At the end of the screening, the director Craig Johnson brought his friends Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig to the stage and as I reached for my phone, the camera wouldn’t turn on because it was working on 3% battery life. And I was like “Fuuuuuuck”. But that’s okay. Because who the hell cares, I’m seeing two of my favorite SNL people in the flesh.
Well good news for you guys, The Skeleton Twins has been picked up for distribution by Roadside Pictures, so The Skeleton Twins will be popping up in a movie theater near you soon! Go see it. I laughed, I cried, I snortled (that’s the weird sound a midget makes when he laughs and cries at the same time)… excellent movie.