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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.
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…
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.
"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…
“I see you're getting your sense of humor back.”
The Skeleton Twins was a pleasant surprise which surpassed all my expectations. I wasn’t familiar with director Craig Johnson’s previos film (True Adolescents), and despite having seen Kristen Wiig in some strong dramatic roles before, I didn’t expect Bill Hader to be able to deliver one. I’m glad I finally got around watching this small indie drama because it is one of the best of the year. Despite covering some familiar territory, the chemistry between the two leads is what makes this film stand out. We’ve seen films focus on sibling relationships in the past, but I can’t remember the last time I saw one that felt so authentic as The…
Also didn't finish it. Don't know why, it wasn't bad just not super interesting or compelling.
And it took place around/on Halloween!
Me decepcionei, adoro os dois atores e para mim eles ficaram presos num drama familiar sobre pessoas desinteressantes com dramas que não apelaram e nem me envolveram em nada. É uma pena pois com um roteiro um pouco mais afiado a química entre os dois atores poderia ser muito melhor aproveita para fins dramáticos.
The depiction of depression was cliché and shallow. The laughing gas and lip sync scenes were the only good parts of the movie. Great performances from both Hader and Wiig.
A simple movie with very touching moments
A little gem of a movie, with a great script and great performances. Of course, with Bill Hader in it (aka the prototype of my future husband) I had to watch it. And I had so. Much. Fun. It is one of those movies with which you completely fall in love. Sweet and sad and funny at the same time, totally enjoyable even if it is about important matter. The cast is wonderful, from Hader and Wiig to Boyd Holbrook (who, as always, has a small part but, as always, is really good at it). An hour and a half well spent.
proof number 1 of my prelim exams procrastination; i relate to the two of them so much.
Highly depressing, but still great. Glad to see a dramatic side of Bill Hader and Kristne Wiig.
One of the best coming-of-age dramas of recent time.
It starts a bit slow, but slowly builds up and in the end, hits you hard and heavy. Great writing and two excellent performances by the leads makes this one memorable watch.
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