The Skeleton Twins

Rated 3.0

The title characters are a semi-estranged brother and sister who plunge into a semi-farcical reunion after a string of personal crises and familial calamities. The skeleton part is mostly a matter of scripted symbolism. And, like the movie as a whole, that symbolism mixes cutesy sentiment with broad hints of gloom. What may matter most, however, is that the brother and sister are played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Those two illustrious alums of Saturday Night Live are the most interesting and lively things in this sad little comedy/ drama. Unfortunately, that’s also a reflection on the mixed success of the entire production. It’s an effective showcase for two gifted and appealing performers, but the overall results are rather sketchy in terms of emotional and dramatic conviction. Pageant Theatre. Rated R