Cinetopia Film Festival Movie Review: The Skeleton Twins

The first movie I had the pleasure of seeing at the Cinetopia International Film Festival this month was The Skeleton Twins, which I was definitely anticipating. I love Kristen Wiig, even though I rarely see SNL, and Bill Hader is usually funny as well. Unlike most of the screenings at the festival, The Skeleton Twins only had one showing, at the State Theater (Ann Arbor), and because of that, the screening was packed.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins

Official IMDb synopsis: After many years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo lead separate lives on opposite sides of the country. When both feel that they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront how their lives went so wrong. For Maggie, that means re-examining her marriage to sweet "nature frat boy" Lance and her own self destructive tendencies, while Milo must face the pain of an early heartbreak he never quite got past. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize the key to fixing their lives just may lie in accepting the past and mending their relationship with each other.

The acting was great in this film, and the movie deals with delicate issues very well. Wiig and Hader were great in the lead roles, and Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson have supporting roles too, Wilson as Wiig's character's husband, and Ty as an former teacher of Hader's character. The movie moved a bit slow in parts, but has a definitive beginning, middle, and end, which I liked.

Yes, see this movie, but you may have to wait a bit, unless you can catch it at another festival across the country - IMDb says the official general release date is September 19, 2014. My one complaint is that Kristen Wiig always seems to be playing "Kristen Wiig" - she seems to play the same role in most of her movies, although to be fair she's good at it; it's the same here, except she's a little more reserved than in, say, Bridesmaids. Overall, however, I really enjoyed this film, and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

The Skeleton Twins has a runtime of 88 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

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