Like a lot of great comedians, from Robin Williams to Steve Martin to Bill Murray, both Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader are both hilarious, yet capable of so much more. Wiig has really resisted being pigeonholed after her departure from SNL; she did megahit Bridesmaids, but has resisted a sequel and repeating herself in similar vehicles, instead taking a lot of dramatic roles in smaller indie films and slowly cultivating a career that will allow her to do more than just be funny in big summer blockbusters. The Skeleton Twins sees her paired with Hader in a movie that looks to be funny, but that often achieves its humor through character and the relationships of a lived-in, real-world pain.
It’s written and directed by Craig Johnson, whose only other film was the very indie True Adolescents, starring Mark Duplass. If you know Duplass and his work in a lot of what has been termed mumblecore, you have a good idea where this film gets its roots. The Skeleton Twins won a best screenplay award at Sundance, and also features Luke Wilson and Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell.