The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

Playing against type in this drama, Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Bill Hader (Superbad) are estranged twins, living distant lives from one another on opposite sides of the U.S. After not having seen each other for a decade, the twins coincidentally cheat death on the same day, and they reunite in an effort to work out how their lives went so wrong. For Maggie (Wiig), that means examining her unhappy marriage to Lance (Luke Wilson), while Milo (Hader) tracks down Rich (Ty Burrell) to examine their shared past.

"Craig Johnson’s second feature sensitively explores these lives of quiet desperation with remarkable finesse. It unfolds a rich backstory through subtle interactions between its characters and finds the agility to be funny, melancholic, touching, and devastating within the space of a single scene. Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader give astonishing, dramatic performances. Their connection to the characters and to each other is magical…and funny (Maggie cleaning Milo’s teeth proves that nothing promotes sibling reconciliation like nitrous oxide)." (Sundance Film Festival)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Sundance Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: M, Offensive language, sexual references and drug use93 minsUSA
Drama
78%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

If Hader has the benefit of slightly more screen time, Wiig is no less impressive as a woman quietly falling completely apart.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

The script feels the need to lunge for buried family trauma, big reveals and hugs in its final act.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Johnson and co-writer Mark Heyman may be exploring familiar territory but they do so with a warmth, subtlety and honesty that marks it out.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Caustically wry and cloyingly sentimental, The Skeleton Twins is a crowdpleaser.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Warm, funny, heartfelt and even uplifting, the film is led by revelatory performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig...

0

Classic Duplass Brothers-esque indie... sad, funny and charming. Great performances from a cast of comic actors.

4.0
0

Hubby and I watched this movie. He said - it was ok! I said - It was good. Loved the whole story line. It had a lot of meaning. This is a Drama. But seriously some funny scenes thrown into this picture. A Sunday afternoon must see movie.

4.0
0

It's not a comedy, at least not as humorous as Wiig's famous Bridesmaids. The brother and sister entanglement is a bit pointless and unsolvable. Most importantly, in the end we find nothing has changed.

3.0
0

Quirky and comical but at the same time a little dark.. little bit of everything!

4.0
0

Surprisingly funny given the heavy subject. The casting is spot on - Bill Hader is especially good.

4.0
0

Great writing and executed so well! I loved that it wasn't over-written or over-acted. Heavy stuff but done in a classy subtle way. Had me tearing up like 4 times but then also pissing myself laughing too! Awesomeness.

5.0
0

I'm a 69 Yo grumpy old bugger...and got dragged along on the promise of an ice cream. I loved every word, action, storyline and character in the movie. The "Stayin Alive" mime/dance ac t was world class and should be shown whever people gather who need to smile and laugh. Thanks for proving to me that I could love gay, young people and want more.

5.0
0

Great to see comedy heavyweights Hader and Wiig tackle some dramatic material and they pull it off very, very nicely indeed. Perhaps it is the presence of two such familiar, comedic talents but the very grim material is presented with humour without detracting from what is a pretty dark story. The casting could hardly be better with great support from Ty...

4.0
0

Well acted and thoughtful narrative on 2 siblings dealing with their problematic childhood

0
Variety

Variety

press

If Hader has the benefit of slightly more screen time, Wiig is no less impressive as a woman quietly falling completely apart.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The script feels the need to lunge for buried family trauma, big reveals and hugs in its final act.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Johnson and co-writer Mark Heyman may be exploring familiar territory but they do so with a warmth, subtlety and honesty that marks it out.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Caustically wry and cloyingly sentimental, The Skeleton Twins is a crowdpleaser.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Warm, funny, heartfelt and even uplifting, the film is led by revelatory performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig...

0

Classic Duplass Brothers-esque indie... sad, funny and charming. Great performances from a cast of comic actors.

4.0
0

Hubby and I watched this movie. He said - it was ok! I said - It was good. Loved the whole story line. It had a lot of meaning. This is a Drama. But seriously some funny scenes thrown into this picture. A Sunday afternoon must see movie.

4.0
0

It's not a comedy, at least not as humorous as Wiig's famous Bridesmaids. The brother and sister entanglement is a bit pointless and unsolvable. Most importantly, in the end we find nothing has changed.

3.0
0

Quirky and comical but at the same time a little dark.. little bit of everything!

4.0
0

Surprisingly funny given the heavy subject. The casting is spot on - Bill Hader is especially good.

4.0
0

Great writing and executed so well! I loved that it wasn't over-written or over-acted. Heavy stuff but done in a classy subtle way. Had me tearing up like 4 times but then also pissing myself laughing too! Awesomeness.

5.0
0

I'm a 69 Yo grumpy old bugger...and got dragged along on the promise of an ice cream. I loved every word, action, storyline and character in the movie. The "Stayin Alive" mime/dance ac t was world class and should be shown whever people gather who need to smile and laugh. Thanks for proving to me that I could love gay, young people and want more.

5.0
0

Great to see comedy heavyweights Hader and Wiig tackle some dramatic material and they pull it off very, very nicely indeed. Perhaps it is the presence of two such familiar, comedic talents but the very grim material is presented with humour without detracting from what is a pretty dark story. The casting could hardly be better with great support from...

4.0
0

Well acted and thoughtful narrative on 2 siblings dealing with their problematic childhood

0