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The Skeleton Twins (2014)
October 3, 2014, 6:44 pm
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Director: Craig Johnson
3.5 Stars
The Skeleton TwinsTo salvage their relationship after a heated argument, Milo (Bill Hader) performs a lip-sync rendition of Starship’s irresistible “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for his twin sister, Maggie (Kristen Wiig). Irritated as she might be, it’s not long before she joins in for a big finish. It’s the details like this that The Skeleton Twins gets right–sometimes, the only way to get back on track in a soured relationship is to remind each other just how good things are when they’re functional. It’s when the film tries to dwell in the joylessness that it really falters, even if that’s no fault of the performers (Hader’s dramatic turn is the big revelation here, and both Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson also have convincing supporting roles). Surely there is a way of cinematically conveying isolation that don’t involve trotting out the tired motif of characters submerged underwater. If the  issue-of-the-week gloom is occasionally laid on a little too thick, however, Hader and Wiig have a way of making one fight through such quibbles and join them singing.

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