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The Skeleton Twins

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The Skeleton Twins

Craig Johnson (2014)

88min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
While the presence of comedic actors Kristen Wiig (Anchorman) and Bill Hader (Superbad) suggests a light-hearted gag-fest, The Skeleton Twins is best described as a bittersweet dramedy. There are plenty of laughs throughout, but the tone is melancholy and the film goes to some dark places, as estranged siblings Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader) are reunited after the latter's failed suicide attempt. Though Maggie seems to have her life together, it soon becomes clear that she's just as messed up as Milo is, and the two of them struggle to repair their fractured relationship. From here, the story follows a fairly predictable trajectory, but director Craig Johnson litters the picture with joyous sequences - Maggie and Milo lip-synching to infectious 1980s anthem Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - and quietly affecting moments. Plus, both Wiig and Hader provide highly impressive dramatic performances, while Luke Wilson is consistently amusing as Maggie's relentlessly positive husband.

Summary

An estranged brother and sister are reunited when they both return to their childhood home town. They try and rebuild their relationship while also dealing with their unhappy personal lives, as she considers giving up her plans to start a family and he seeks out the teacher he once had an affair with. Comedy drama, starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig and Luke Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Milo Dean Bill Hader
Maggie Dean Kristen Wiig
Lance Luke Wilson
Rich Ty Burrell
Billy Boyd Holbrook
Judy Joanna Gleason
Carlie Kathleen Rose Perkins
Dr Linda Essex Adriane Lenox
Director Craig Johnson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Guidance: Swearing, sexual references, drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 7 Nov 2014

Comedy Drama

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