The rules are simple: The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.
The Skeleton Twins (Roadside Attractions)
Directed by Craig Johnson
Written by Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman
The Skeleton Twins is boring. The story is average and depressing even if the dialogue is funny. The movie offers nothing special from its main characters. In fact the only thing it has going for it is the palpable chemistry between its two leads: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig (both formerly from Saturday Night Live). Their chemistry is off the scale and such a joy to watch. They play twins so well you’d think they grew up together. But it’s just too bad that there was little else extraordinary about this tale. These fantastic and funny comic actors are wasted on bad, and depressing material.
The movie revolves around two suicide attempts. Bill Hader’s character tries to kill himself by slittling his wrists. Kristen Wiig’s character is also contemplating suicide but is interrupted by a call about her brother’s attempt. This is the first five minutes of the film. Oh joy. We’re all end for a light comic romp.
These two characters are awful. They have the worse relationships with other people and really not that great of a relationship with each other, But we trudge through because they are so cute together. Even though both are clinically depressed and suicidal. And every joke, every laugh and every smile is tinged with painful emotions and dark thoughts of self-harm. Sounds like fun, right? It’s not.
Hader hooks up with the teacher who raped him when he was 15. And Wiig lets her husband think that they are trying for a kid when she’s been taking birth control pills for the entire time. At this point if you haven’t turned it off I’m impressed with your staying power. It was all I could do to not run screaming from the living room. Why must truly funny people do depressing dramas? Oh yeah because they are actually depressed people and it feels right in their wheelhouse. All clowns are Pagliacci.
So anyway. blah blah blah. They sing a song. Dress in drag. Ruin each other’s relationships. Then it’s her turn to attempt suicide by drowning herself in a public pool. You know what… if she had actually died I may have enjoyed the film a bit more but no… Hader saves her in the last moment. And they live depressingly ever after.
What a crappy movie.