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The Skeleton Twins

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6.81 h 32 min2014X-Ray15
Estranged twins reunite and look back over their lives after they cheat death on the same day.
Directors
Craig Johnson
Starring
Bill HaderKristen WiigTy Burrell
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Luke Wilson
Producers
Stephanie LanghoffJennifer LeeJacob Pechenik
Studio
Roadside Attractions
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4.4 out of 5 stars

385 global ratings

  1. 66% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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KGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Heart-wrenching, thoughtful, amusing and hopeful. This film has a lot of sides to it.
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I bought this film for only two reasons to be honest. 60% of it was my love for Bill Hader. 40% was the my love for Kristen Wiig. Upon my first watch, I was on the fence, probably because it wasn't what I was expecting more than anything. Upon my second watch, I fell in love with it and this has turned into one of those films that I rewatch on a regular basis.

First off, I should warn, this isn't a straight up comedy. It's pretty melodramatic, sad, heartwarming, poignant etc. There are very funny moments, but it's not a laugh out loud kind of movie. That having been said, Hader and Wiig really shine in these dramatic roles as fraternal twins Milo and Maggie.
The siblings haven't seen each other for ten years (the reason for that will be revealed as the movie progresses) and they are brought together once again when Milo attempts suicide.

The films biggest strength without a doubt is the chemistry between Hader and Wiig. Both in the comedy and the drama, they're so genuine and real it really adds something special to the movie and the characters. Also present are Ty Burell (Modern Family) and Luke Wilson, both of whom put on great performances that make you laugh and feel in equal measure.

The film is beautifully set and directed by Craig Johnson. And the original score is perfectly heart warming throughout. There are also some great use of 80s music, including the lip syncing scene which always makes me smile.

Special features include deleted scenes with optional director commentary; a making of featurette that includes cast and crew interviews; bloopers and outtakes; and two commentaries the first of which is definitely worth listening to if your a Bill and Kristen fan, because they joke a lot.

I'd recommend it for sure, just try not to assume too much about what it'll be based on the cast... it may surprise you. Well acted, poignant and ultimately very heartwarming and hopeful.
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Richard MortonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Different but interesting and engaging
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Despite what the presence and pedigree of the two leads might suggest, this isn't a comedy as such. That's not to say it isn't funny mind, at times it really is, but at its heart it's a more serious look at broken relationships and damaged people.

To nail that point, we start the film with two suicide attempts which serve to bring back together Milo and Maggie (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig) twins who've not seen each other for a decade. We then follow these two as they attempt to mend fences with each other, even while largely self destructing elsewhere in their lives.

There's serious issues relating to family, death, adultery, missed opportunities and more as things plod along, punctuated by flashes of black humour and the odd moment of brilliance (check out the lip sync scene, it's a cracker). The two leads are excellent, playing characters that feel real without necessarily always being likeable and there's solid support elsewhere.

Overall, an interesting, at times amusing oddity that's well worth a watch.
Nick in BurtonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Touching and enjoyable..
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Who would have thought that a comedy-drama about a brother and sister, one of whom is gay, would be so enjoyable? Or even that a
distributor would run with it? But it's a good thing they did, as this is a touching drama about a sibling relationship, well played (with maybe some improvisation) by Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. There are one or two loose ends, and we could maybe have done with a bit more back-story, but the characters are credible and the story sympathetic. NB you need to like Wiig, and Hader, to get the best out of this.
SmiffyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Thought provoking but came a bit short
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The bloopers on YouTube brought me to this film. Despite having Amazon Video I then had to rent this title, which was a bit disappointing. Anyhow, the film touches on the unbreakable bond between two twins who have both had a troubled history, rendering them incapable of settling down to regular lives. Whilst it fails to hit hard or really make any stirring statement the performances from the cast are what really make it and it is extremely well acted. Without the karaoke scene I would have seriously have felt short changed, but that one scene is the pinnacle piece that will be remembered. Overall, certainly not bad, I would recommend, however it lacks enough to take it to where it should be, which is “next level”.
hamptoncherryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film
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Don't want to spoil it for you. The story of two damaged, weak people who at least have each other. Superb acting. Touching and relatable story. Unexpected depth. A very overlooked rare gem of a good movie.
Edmund BullinghamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gritty real devastating feel good movie
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The stars have to be drawing on something from within, perhaps even an intimate knowledge of the black hole depression juxtaposed against the life-giving power of sibling love. Made all the more powerful by their brilliant comic talents that shine all the way through.
Oscar FreakReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
MIXED UP TWINS
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An unusual film about a set of twins who on the same day try and contemplate suicide and live. Both have there issues probably dating back to their childhood and whilst you don't see their father, the fleeting visit of they mother said it all. What they both wanted from life I was not sure and by the end of the film I did not really care. Not a film I can recommend but its quirkiness may appeal to many of you.
T. Boy74Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
although there are some funny moments. Great talents
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I've become a big fan of wig and hader. Their chemistry crosses over to this dark and poignant film very well, although there are some funny moments. Great talents.
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