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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Skeleton Twins

Wigg and Hader are seriously good.

Outside of Hannah And Her Sisters (1986) and You Can Count On Me (2000), I can’t think of too many films that capture a realistic sibling relationship as honestly as The Skeleton Twins does.

I’m not sure if the credit goes to the script or the actors, but kudos to whoever paired Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. Their bonding on SNL surely aided their effortless onscreen chemistry. Comedians like Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey have all pulled off dramas with some degree of believability, but Hader is 100% authentic as his complicated character, Milo. And Wigg, as his sister Maggie. is infectious onscreen.

The script, about siblings grappling with long-festering family issues, is familiar territory. And the ending is more from Hollywood than real life. But these two actors elevate this to a film worth a look.

Simply put: Wigg and Hader elevate this drama. Please note use of the word “drama.”

Award potential: Would love to see Hader enter the Golden Globe competition for this surprising work.

The ten buck review: Worth five bucks. Rent this at home to enjoy the performances, but skip this for your big Saturday night out

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