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Movie Review

It's Hard To Connect With 'Skeleton Twins'

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The Skeleton Twins resembles The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in being about a pair of people who simply cannot adjust to problems a lot of people face. Except that the Skeleton twins (I'm not going to explain that title), Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, are positively, literally suicidal from the very start, and there is a clear, though unsatisfactory, suggestion as to how their problems could be faced.

Aside from that, I can't be sure of the following interpretation, and I can't discuss The Skeleton Twins without risking spoilers because I'm not sure what it's all supposed to be about.

Bill Hader's character is a gay, failed actor, all big eyes that can convey everything but mature normality. He's more of a pain in the neck than I could sympathize with, though he grew on me as things went along. And Wiig's domestic situation didn't seem enough to explain attempts at suicide, which, in fact, seems hereditary-- their father was suicidal, too. And their mystical mother, all zen and magic, seemed irrelevant except for an apparent mystical bond between the twins.

In any event, all attempts by others to help the twins, or attempts by the twins to help others, seem doomed to failure, sometimes for reasons so obvious as to suggest sheer stupidity, and sometimes for no clear reason except bad luck. And there is so much apparently symbolic use of animals (especially fish) and water (especially pools and goldfish bowls), that I will leave you to deal with that, as well as with the comedy that others than I see in The Skeleton Twins.