"The Skeleton Twins" Review

“The Skeleton Twins” is one of those movies that you might breeze over judging a movie by its trailer. If you give it a chance, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at the story that’s told. 

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are Maggie & Milo, twins who haven’t spoken to each other in ten years. After Milo attempts to commit suicide, Maggie is called as his next of kin ironically at the very same time she’s about to attempt suicide. The initial reunion is awkward. What do you say after ten years? How do you support your sibling who is in an obviously dark place, when you are as well? This is the core of the film as the two begin to mend their relationship.

Milo moves in with Maggie and her husband Lance (Luke Wilson) to recover. Lance is the unknowingly obnoxious guy you don’t want to see your sister with, but has a good heart. He’s fired up about the baby that he and Maggie are trying for, but Maggie has her own plans that she’s kept from Lance. In fact, each twin has their own bag of secrets that they’ve developed over the past ten years. As the film moves forward, secrets are shared amongst the twins and then told in spite. 

The film’s strength rides on the relationship between the twins, but it also is brought down because of the twins relationship. They have an obvious chemistry and connection as siblings that at times is fun to watch, but it’s a lot like watching two people that have inside jokes that you don’t understand. Most of the movie you peer in to the lives of the main characters, but never really care about them. 

The movie does provide some laughs and funny moments. Unfortunately, due to the lack of relatability to the characters, the film can drag at times. Regardless, this is a solid film that is worth a Netflix viewing.

Rating: B

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.