3. Skeleton Twins
Original Release Date: September 12, 2014
Box Office: Grossed about $5 million at the box office.
Critical Review: Postive reviews from critics, winning five awards including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festive. Bill Hader received a Best Actor nomination at the Gotham Independent Film Awards but lost to Michael Keaton.
About the Role: Hader plays the colorful but depressed Milo. Struggling with the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, he moves in with his twin sister Maggie (Kristen Wiig), another human car wreck, and together the two of them try to find a way to heal their broken relationship and personal lives.
Simply the Best: Skeleton Twins falls somewhere between family fun and depressing family trauma, a comedy but also something that might make you tear up a little. Every time the amazing dynamic duo of Wiig and Hader makes us laugh, the story immediately drops a 50-pound weight on our heads filled with topics of suicide, closeted homosexuality, past romances that went painfully sour and also involved statutory rape, unhappy marriages, self-hatred, and neglectful mothers.
The siblings are the “skeleton twins” and despite their estrangement, are two halves of one incredibly chaotic person. The film starts in a parallel action between the two, showing their matching misery leading up to their intended suicides.
Milo is trapped in the past when he was in love and at the peak of his joy. As a result, he clings to an old romance (Ty Burrell) that ruined whatever chances he had at a healthy relationship 20 years later. While Maggie is self-destructive, running from her marriage by having multiple affairs because she doesn’t think she deserves her loving husband (Luke Wilson).