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The Skeleton Twins
Family is a cruel joke.
Estranged twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.
An immediate addition to my top ten or fifteen favorite films of the year. Whoever Craig Johnson is, he sure as hell knows how to create a perfect blend of comedy and drama, and I'm already eagerly anticipating his next film.
These are what I would describe as breakout performances for Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, because it demonstrates that they can apply their comedic styles to realistic, dramatic roles.
One of the things that I enjoyed most about The Skeleton Twins was how the tone of the film was equally as bipolar as the characters; it fluctuates between upbeat and tragic moments with the same instability as its protagonists.
Nonetheless, Maggie and Milo hardly seemed like characters because they…
I wasn't sure exactly what about this film was drawing me into seeing it in the theaters, especially on opening day (at least in my area). I hadn't seen any previews, just read a simple synopsis and knew about the general cast involved. But now I realize that, whether the reasoning have been some subconscious knowing or just the way things work out, that this film is exactly what I needed to see at this particular time in my life. Much of it hit closer to home than expected and it managed to bring about that odd occurrence when it suddenly seems like something gets in both of my eyes.. on more than one occasion, I might add.
Although stuck with some recurring indie cliches and typical subplot resolutions, The Skeleton Twins is a stirring example of fine material elevated into a special film of grounded truth and poetic secrets. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are both absolutely fantastic, and along with Craig Johnson's assured direction and Reed Morano's moody cinematography (the Halloween setting was kewl), the film brilliantly rises above convention and transforms into a deeply-felt story of heartbreak and gentleness.
I don't think enough films explore the bonds between siblings. So often it's romantic or parent-child relationships. I'm not a twin, but I have a little brother close in age to me and we both struggle with mental illness. Growing up, we had a pretty typical sibling rivalry, and there were times when I told anyone who would listen how much I hated him. Something my mom and my 8th grade teacher said has resonated with me all this time - they predicted that as adults, we would be very close. No one would understand us like we understand each other, and we'd depend on each other for emotional support. We would be "all each other had." Now that we're…
"You’re my brother, and we’re supposed to be there for each other."
“Blood is thicker than water” is a saying that was constantly running through my mind while watching The Skeleton Twins. I've heard that saying many, many times over the years but I never really understood its meaning – until now.
The twins in The Skeleton Twins are Milo and Maggie (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, respectively). They've been estranged for ten years and one day, after Milo attempts suicide, the two are able to reunite from their hiatus after Milo goes to live with Maggie and her husband, Lance (Luke Wilson). The twins are a bit odd but, even after a decade, there’s…
Sometimes certain actors can be pigeonholed by a string of performances that curtail their ability to stretch themselves in more challenging and varied roles. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are usually comedy gold, but although there are moments here that are hilarious, this is far more serious fair than we've been accustomed to from them. Craig Johnson's film about two fraternal twins with what can only be described as some sort of bi-polar disorder, is sad, touching, and full of heartbreaking moments as both of them struggle to deal with their neurosis's. Hader's Milo is suicidal and attempts to take his own life at the exact moment that is sister Maggie (Wiig)is considering doing the same. His unsuccessful attempt brings…
this film gave me a mild existential crisis
i really enjoyed this film so much but i found it really difficult to watch towards the end and couldn't stop crying but the cinematography and acting are both so amazing i love bill hader and kristen wiig and i really want them to be in more roles like this
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's a heartbreaking scene where Milo (Bill Hader) talks with his sister Maggie (Kristen Wiig) about a former classmate that he initially thought would peak in high school, only to discover that he was the one who actually peaked early on. Scenes like this mirrored reality to a frightening degree, making The Skeleton Twins a movie that doesn't shy away from touching upon dilemmas most people attempt to avoid.
Wiig and Hader's performances as emotionally damaged fraternal twins completely dismantled any expectations I had prior to watching this. I loved these actors already, but this just propelled my admiration even further, as the two showcase acting chops that rival some of the best performances of 2014.
Some minor gripes aside, this is affecting human drama that, like many other dramedies presented in the past couple years, delves into the complicated nature of moving on from the past and making something of yourself.
I love kristen wiig
Hits every mopey indie dramedy beat w/ the utmost precision
Dysfunction porn. But, hey, Hader and Wiig gave it their all for a pretty terrible script. I did like the laughing gas scene - it's the only time it felt like they were just being themselves - and the Jefferson Starship scene was cute too.
There was something familiar about this film, but Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig made it an unique experience.
The Skeleton Twins is one of those rare, honest films that manages to balance drama and laughs extremely well. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader show us not only their comedic genius, but also how brilliantly they can handle seriously dark material, and in the process make us empathize with some fairly unlikable characters. This isn't a movie for everyone, and those expecting a straight-up comedy will be sorely disappointed, but if you can handle the heavy subject matter it's well worth it to see these two give the performances of their careers. Highly recommended.
After both attempt suicide, two estranged twins reunite and examine their relationship, and what a mess they seem to have made out of their lives.
It's nice to see a film that focusses on a relationship between siblings, and it's pretty rare to see a film about fraternal twins, who tend to be cinematically ignored in favour of their more exciting identical counterparts. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are a very credible pair, and the dynamic between them is great. Hader's character Milo is gay and Kristen's character Maggie is straight, which added a layer of dimension, especially since the film depicts both the siblings as people equally, rather than making Milo a gay best friend character, or a Fun…
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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