Originally published September 26 – The Skeleton Twins, from director and co-writer Craig Johnson, is a tame, inoffensive drama-comedy that visually resembles a Paxil commercial. Largely devoid of plot, the film, which opens this weekend at The Charles, is instead a character study of troubled siblings, played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The characters act crazy in a way that upper-middle class people can relate to, that is, lots of white whine, but nothing too grave.
Regardless, the film succeeds on the strength of its great cast, especially Bill Hader who at times visibly rings with emotion while being consistently hilarious. He makes a serious case for himself as a go-to man for these kinds of roles, which call for the actor to navigate between the . The same goes for Kristin Wiig, who doesn’t get to be as funny as her talent deserves but successfully portrays the deep level of confusion in her character. While the stars transition well between comedy and drama, the same can’t be said for the film itself. It’s only the comedy here that keeps things afloat. The capital-S-Serious stuff is dealt with in a way so trite and predictable, with a three-act screenplay so stock, that it trivializes the very issues the movie is trying to examine. Read More →