New ‘dramedy’ at Summerfield Cinemas

Linked by depression and the same birthday, Maggie (Kristin Wiig), and Milo (Bill Hader), are reunited after not speaking for 10 years. These twins have a lot of catching up to do.

 While “The Skeleton Twins” did not seem to gather as much attention in the larger movie theatres, Santa Rosa’s Summerfield Cinemas offers a quaint and historic seat from which to watch a film about the trials and tribulations of a brother and sister as they navigate through life’s obstacles.

Director Craig Johnson partnered dark life-moments with sarcastic and humorous reactions. The film offered quirky one-liners from all characters as both comedic relief and as a way to illustrate the nature of the twin’s relationship.

 The “dramedy” starts with Maggie and Milo’s reunion due to unforeseen circumstances. Although both admit that there were reasons for not speaking to each other, the chemistry between the two sparked immediately as they realize how good of a team they were together. The addition of Maggie’s husband Lance (Luke Wilson) offers even more opportunities for giggles amongst the realities of the drama.

At first, the story seemed to be just another film featuring the mess-up child, the perfect child and the spiritual mom who reads chakras. However, as the plot unfolds, the character’s true personalities are revealed. Milo struggled with a career and the right love prospect and Maggie struggled with her identity and her marriage.

 In “The Skeleton Twins,” two things are certain. First, Johnson and his team created an inspiring representation of the relationship between Maggie and Milo: a relationship that demands acceptance of the other’s flaws. Through the smiles and tears, Wiig and Hader flawlessly delivered a very accurate representation of real life.

A huge part of the twins’ relationship lied with their ability to cheer each other up when one felt down. Abilities such as a duet to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” accompanied by some epic dance moves.

Second, Wiig and Hader offered a glimpse on the very serious and almost self-destructive effects of depression on everyday life. More importantly, the two comedians offered a way to understand and cope with their low moments, using the power of family.

Maggie and Milo showed audiences that life is guaranteed to test everyone and that failure is inevitable. The two actors showed audiences that with a little humor and whole lot of courage, it is possible to avoid that inevitable failure.

“The Skeleton Twins” offered something for fans of Saturday Night Live and the opportunity to laugh when one only wants to cry.

The film is currently playing at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa. For more information on showtimes, visit: