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The Skeleton Twins (2014)The Skeleton Twins (2014)

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Two unlikely leads star in this bleak comedy-drama about two estranged twins coming back together.

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.9

movie

United States of America

English

Challenging, Emotional, Grown-up Comedy

2014

Craig Johnson

Adriane Lenox, Bill Hader, Boyd Holbrook

90 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

8.9
Jamie Rutherford

Directed and co-written by Craig Johnson (who made The Adolescents with Mark Duplass), The Skeleton Twins is a beautiful piece of drama, dealing with some dark themes. It does so with surprising success, given that the two main actors are seasoned comedians with little to no experience in the genre. And yet, it is precisely the two leads that turn this bleak comedy-drama into a somber, haunting, but beautiful watch. Bill Hader is amazing as the depressed and suicidal gay man, Milo, who is reunited with his estranged twin Maggie (Kristen Wiig) after a series of unfortunate events. Their attempts at repairing their fractured relationship also forces them to confront the trajectory of their own lives, while they rediscover their erstwhile childhood friendship and long-lost camaraderie. Again, don’t expect a traditional comedy, but an honest display of the complexities of sibling relationships, mental health, and how conflict, compassion, and understanding fit into it all.

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