“The Skeleton Twins,” playing now at the Living Room Theaters, gets 4 out 5 stars

The chemistry between “Saturday Night Live” cast members Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig carries over to their new indie film “The Skeleton Twins.”


Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

“The Skeleton Twins” opened at FAU’s Living Room Theaters on Friday, Sept. 26. The 7:40pm showing that night was a sell-out.

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions
Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

The movie revolves around estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader), who coincidentally (and a little too ironically) tried to kill themselves on the same day in two different houses on separate sides of the United States.

Although Hader and Wiig were stellar on “Saturday Night Live,” I was a bit skeptical coming into the movie because it’s an independent film, which tend to take themselves too seriously. However, I was thoroughly impressed with this one. Depressing at times, upliftingly hilarious at others, this movie is essentially the whole package.

Hader and Wiig have great chemistry from start to finish, thanks in no small part to the fact that they worked together on “SNL” from 2005 up until Wiig left in 2012. However, typical fans of “SNL” may not be too impressed with “The Skeleton Twins” if they come into it expecting a comedy movie. It is not set to the silly, slapstick style of comedy that these two movie stars are known for being a part of. In fact, the genre of this film is Drama/Family, so it is not even classified as a comedy.

The cast is phenomenal, yet limited. There are only eight credited cast members, one of which is listed as “College Student.” Among the rest of the eight, however, are some real gems. Luke Wilson plays Maggie’s devoted husband Lance, and Ty Burrell plays Milo’s on-again-off again lover, Rich.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars — this compact cast makes for a very immersive movie experience, introducing audience members to every nuance of both Maggie and Milo. It’s easy to feel a deep connection to the twins and empathize with all the horrible things they are going through. And by horrible, I mean horrible. I am not exaggerating when I say that these two have some major mommy and daddy issues.

“The Skeleton Twins” will be playing at the Living Room Theaters until Thursday, Oct. 2nd.