My notes on The Skeleton Twins:

1. The first few minutes of the film opened with two suicide attempts. That they were being done at the same time by troubled siblings just made it more interesting.

2. Depression (the disorder, not the emo kind) seems foreign to our culture, no? Anyone showing signs of mental health problems is immediately tagged as baliw. I bet you wouldn’t really know anyone who actively sees a psychiatrist (and not in a Makati Med basement kind). I guess that’s why I’ve been very fascinated with this topic. The problem is real and the resulting effect like suicide is just scary.

3. There were four comedians that starred in this film (Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson), each of them completely effective in their respective roles. It further proved that the funniest people also make the best dramatic actors.

4. Hader’s gay character Milo had a hissy fit when he realized that it was, as one lesbian called it, “Dyke Night” at the local bar. Do we have those here? It looked really fun.

5. Why do gay characters love wearing scarves? Is it because they can dramatically throw it around their necks and make a scene? I’m looking at (for?) you, Waldo.

6. There was one touching moment where the siblings bonded over prophylaxis and nitrous oxide. It was something so ordinary and yet ended up as special. The amazing performances helped a lot as well. I was a big mess after watching it.

7. Milo (Hader) to Maggie (Wiig) after realizing that she was cheating: “You’re not a whore. You’re a restless housewife with whore-like tendencies.” Too funny!!

8. You know how sometimes we just have to sing and dance our troubles away? In one great sequence, Milo and Maggie performed the Mannequin theme song (Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now). You know this one. Cue music. “And we can build this dream together, standing strong forever, nothing’s gonna stop us now…”

8. A discussion regarding expectations and reality was very heartbreaking. Milo recalled how their dad said that a popular jock already peaked in high school and that he (Milo) would peak later on in life. Several years later, he learned that the jock was successful and had a happy family while he was a complete mess. Oftentimes life could be cruel.

9. “Maybe next time you should cut deeper.” I bawled my eyes out.

10. The final attempt to find redemption didn’t ring true to me. I felt cheated by the happy ending because I know it wouldn’t be a happy ending. But hey, I wish them all the best.

11. Are you still singing Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now?

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published January 4, 2015.)

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