Twin-share in despair

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

love and life as An­nie in popular chick flick Brides­maids was just the tip of the ice­berg of the lay­ers Wiig can bring to a role.

In The Skele­ton Twins, she takes on a character with much darker ten­den­cies, while still man­ag­ing to make us chuckle.

As she stands in a bath­room star­ing at a hand­ful of pills, Mag­gie (Wiig) gets a call that her es­tranged twin brother Milo (Bill Hader) has failed his at­tempt at sui­cide.

They re­unite and their un­happy, messed-up lives in­ter­twine: Mag­gie’s re­la­tion­ship with her al­ways-chirpy hus­band Lance (Luke Wilson) is not enough to drag her out of her deep de­pres­sion and Milo tries to re­con­nect with a for­mer flame: his high school teacher Rich (Ty Bur­rell).

Wiig and Hader are a dy­namic pair­ing, both comed­i­cally and dra­mat­i­cally, with their per­sonal his­tory (they have been co-stars in SNL for years) adding authenticity to their char­ac­ters where we be­lieve that they share a his­tory, some­thing that even some of the most sea­soned ac­tors fail to con­vince us of with co-stars.

Their pres­ence and per­for­mances el­e­vate the ma­te­rial as they dig be­neath the sur­face and re­al­is­ti­cally por­tray the dark­ness of de­pres­sion. The Skele­ton Twins (M) Di­rected by: Craig John­son Star­ring: Kris­ten Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson Re­view by: Ju­lian Wright In cin­e­mas now

Bill Hader and Kris­ten Wiig are the sib­lings in The Skele­ton Twins.

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