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Unforgettable forgotten movies

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Unforgettable forgotten movies

Izzi Harris, Film Analyst

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Re-visit some of the forgotten, ‘bombed-at the box office’ films that may have the potential to become late cult-classic hits. This is less of a review and more of a suggestion for what to watch when Netflix keeps recommending Bird Box.

 

Today’s recommendation: The Skeleton Twins, dir. by Craig Johnson.

When Milo attempts suicide after a failed relationship, his twin sister Maggie flies across the U.S. to rescue him. Together, they have to discover why they haven’t spoken in 10 years and why they’re both simultaneously each other’s best friend and worst nightmare.

 

Starring Saturday Night Live (SNL) alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, this 2014 film won Best Screenplay at the Sundance film festival, yet didn’t manage to make more than a #25 ranking in theaters. I’m not going to go into why; instead I’m going to try and convince you to watch it.

This film will make you cry. Not in that “oh god, my life is ending” way; more in that “I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was 16 and needed some catharsis” kind of way. The sort of feeling you get when you’re drunk at 1 a.m. with your best friend, staring at the stars, talking about the meaning of life.

 

The Skeleton Twins will also make you laugh. If you’ve seen any of Wiig’s previous works like Bridesmaids or SNL you’ll appreciate the comedy in this film. Also, if the moment Milo shows up to a gay bar to find it’s dyke night doesn’t make you laugh; maybe just watch Riverdale or something.

 

It’ll make you miss your family too. If you’re like me, you might ask: “is this a good thing?” If you enjoy staring at your ceiling wondering if you actually do like talking to your siblings, or if you just wish you did, this movie’s the one for you.

 

The cast also includes Ty Burrell; follow the goofy dad from Modern Family as he takes a slightly different, off-kilter role. Luke Wilson also supports; you all know him as the love interest from Legally Blonde, what a film. He’s understated yet impactful in this film. Sadly, Reese Witherspoon does not make an appearance.

 

It’ll make you appreciate the smaller things in life. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in everything, it’s easy to forget. With Skeleton Twins, you remember being happy doesn’t always lie in what you missed out on.

 

There’s also gay representation! For all you fellow LGBTQIA+ on the movie scene, here’s a fantastic movie that doesn’t generalize/stereotype at all, and the moment where Milo dresses up in drag is truly amazing.

 

A poignant, deeply intriguing and (what I would say is) a truly unforgettable movie, The Skeleton Twins will rip your heart out then make you dance to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in perhaps one of the most uplifting movie scenes I’ve ever watched. It’s not a light movie, but I promise it’s one of those movies you just can’t get out of your head.

 

Watch if you loved:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Breakfast Club, Silver Linings Playbook and Ladybird.

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