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Skeleton Twins

R| 1 hr. 31 min.

Plot Summary

When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

Cast: Bill Hader , Kristen Wiig , Luke Wilson , Ty Burrell , Boyd Holbrook , Joanna Gleason , Kathleen Rose Perkins , Paul Castro Jr.

Director: Craig Johnson

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Skeleton Twins (2014)

Release Date: September 12th, 2014|1 hr. 31 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • What raises the movie above the herd and rocks our settled ideas of pop entertainment is the way Hader and Wiig resist the script's pull to tidy things up. show more

  • The Skeleton Twins suffers from a glaring deficit. Suicide is ever present throughout the film, yet Johnson never seriously examines it. show more

  • This is only the second feature for the director: the first was "True Adolescents." But Mr. Johnson's work with his actors is impeccable, and his style is freewheeling. show more

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  • October 24, 2014 Susan Shaw Cairns
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    Best acting I've seen in forever! Absolutely lovely film about family and complicated dynamics while keeping the humor. Don't forget the Kleenex! You'll need it!

  • October 06, 2014 Michael Tod
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    Saw this movie last night and expected (from the trailers) a comedy. The movie is definitely worth seeing, but it's NOT a comedy. It follows and fills in the blanks of the lives of dysfunctional twins excellently portrayed by Hader & Wiig. The supporting cast is perfect. Many of us brought up in troubled families will relate to this film and it's characters, perhaps not to the extent of suicide. The suicide theme runs strongly throughout the movie, and underlines how a suicide in a family will often set a theme for an exit strategy for generations to come...sad, but true. Amazing what a sexy, charismatic side we are able to see of Bill Hader...something I don't recall from SNL.

  • September 17, 2014 David
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    Well, if you never thought it was posable to both laugh and cry at the same time, go see The Skeleton Twins with Bill Hader and Kristen Wigg. Wigg, we love, we all know that, but Hader, now THAT was a revelation. His performance was so nuanced, so balanced, so calibrated, and yet so spontaneous, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. The plot, on the surface, seems rather conventional. Estranged siblings, brought together by crisis, he's gay and lonely, she's unhappy in her marriage. But as you live with these people, you begin to understand what broke them, the secrets that they keep, or try to, trauma that they share, even as they lives have drifted apart, the rifts that can really never be mended, and the love that makes them whole. To paraphrase from a much lesser movie, they complete each other.

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Depressed Kristen Wiig Just Can't Deal in This Exclusive Clip From 'The Skeleton Twins'

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Kelly Woo on September 9, 2014

When you're depressed, cheerful people are basically the most annoying people that ever existed in history. That's how Maggie (Kristen Wiig) views husband Lance (Luke Wilson) in this exclusive...

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