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Cinema review – The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton twins film poster

Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell

Plot Summary: After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other.

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were arguably two of the most talented SNL cast members in the show’s history. They elevated every sketch they were in and made them worth watching. So, when I found out that they were teaming up again for this project, I was ecstatic. Now given their comedic backgrounds, you would expect this film to be a goofy tour-de-farce filled with gross-out gags and awkward social situations. Instead, it is actually quite a sombre and, at times, poignant drama enlivened by comical moments scattered throughout. And to be honest, given the film’s tricky subject matters (suicide, depression and sexual grooming to name a few), those moments of light relief are much-needed.

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