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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…
"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…
Why I watched this movie? The Skeleton Twins is getting excellent reviews....and I had read that Bill Hader's performance might get some award recognition.
What is this one about? Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig) reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
My thoughts on this one? Looking at my Letterboxd tags...I was shocked that this was the 8th Hader movie that I have watched in 2014. When did he start appearing in so many movies?
The Skeleton Twins is a much darker movie than I was expecting. Movie deals with death, suicide attempts, adultery and failure....all the things you need for a nice light movie. There are four…
“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…
Estranged fraternal twins, played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, reunite after ten years and compete for the title of most dysfunctional. The screenplay nimbly juggles its light and dark moments and the film ultimately succeeds thanks to the chemistry and talent of its two leads. It also happens to have the best lip sync sequence in the history of cinema.
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It’s ridiculous how real and tangible the chemistry between Bill and Kristen is in the film. Individually they are great actors, but together their combined performance is the blood that pumps at the heart of this poignant dramody about sibling-hood.
Really worth the watch. I’d write more in its favor but my head has hit my keyboard more times than I’m proud to admit. Time to hit the hay.
Hader, Wiig and Wilson are excellent.
Warning: likely to make you sentimental about your siblings and induce a guilt phone call or two.
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are really the lone aspect of The Skeleton Twins that keeps everything together. They don't miss a beat from their SNL days working together and that dynamic works well as they also reconnect on screen as siblings as well. By far the best part of The Skeleton Twins is when Wiig and Hader are just having fun together and making each other laugh. Things come alive in those moments where they are having a blast together and so are we right alongside of them. Every look on their face, joke or even little comment is so sincere and honest to two people who are so close reconnecting and learning to be together again. There really…
Don’t expect many laughs from SNL alums Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig in this dramatic look at sibling relationships and depression. Both performers do an amazing job at playing characters who have a troubled past, but who have to put on a chipper facade. I think Wiig has proved that she can carry a movie, but I was very impressed by the depth that Hader brings to his character. I have always said that everybody in life has a dark secret and often when people don’t have trusting friends and family in their life, these dark thoughts are capable of very sad results. This movie is a perfect portrayal of just making it through life and is a fresh examination…
A dark comedy with a lot of A-list comedy stars. This dysfunctional family tale is well acted and has just enough soul to make you care about the characters.
Self destructive twins that are equally flawed in different ways reunite after a ten year non speaking period. It's the muted, realistic tone and the begrudging love they have for each other that brings the comedy through what is a sad story. Initially I found Milo quite annoying but he evolves throughout the movie to much more rounded character whilst Maggie spends the entire movie keeping up appearances as she slips into decline.
Drinking Game: Each time they raise or roll their eyes / give each other moosey looks.
Bottom Line: Beautifully told story of a sibling bond
Great movie , great plot and few of the most underrated actors in it. But the plot and the cast was so interesting , that something more could have been offered. It had the potential to be one of the great films , but was not executed well. Nonetheless a great watch.
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
Taken from this Slashfilm article and Letterboxd-erized here, for my convenience (and yours).
Edit: I re-ordered them so the films…