Amazing on all levels. Bill Hader is fantastic (by trublu215)
The Skeleton Twins tells the story of two estranged twins, Maggie and Milo and the hardships that come with their lives. To start off, this film is one of the best films of the year, hands down. Bill Hader and Kristin Wigg prove that they are not only talented comedic actors but excellent actors all around. Coming off of their Saturday Night Live days, this film is proof that these two have more to offer than sketch comedy. The story, while dark and dreary, still manages to score some great laughs. Despite a huge theme being suicide and the reasoning behind why one would take their own life, <more>
it manages to keep the material light but still packs some heavy emotional punches in certain scenes. A film that can balance something as serious as suicide while still making you laugh is an accomplishment in its own right, in my opinion. There is only so much I can say about the story without giving too much away, but I will say that it is as close to perfect as a film can get. The actors are stellar all around the board, made up of Wigg, Hader, Luke Wilson and Ty Burrel, this cast is utterly fantastic. Luke Wilson steals the show in scenes with Hader but what Hader does with his character is takes something very two dimensional on paper and transforms it into something provocative and sharp, it would not surprise me if an Oscar nomination comes his way for this. Kristin Wigg is on point as Maggie, commanding the screen with the perfect balance of comedic sharpness and dramatic pull. She is a marvel in this film and should also get some sort of recognition for this. Overall, I cannot praise this film enough. It is sharp, witty, dramatic, funny and heart warming. It is the feel good movie that you'll walk out of and want to see it again as soon as possible.
Bill and Kirsten are names we have to remember because they're the actors who make this film a very special achievement. They're not the sole reason we love this movie, but if their acting wasn't so amazing, this film would not fly, but it soars, leaving us with the satisfaction we just saw something unique.The story of two siblings that share a special bond, yet haven't seen each other for more than a decade. We learn they have survived a devastating experience related to their father, something that has left them scarred and resentful. Later in the film, we are witness to a <more>
scene with their mother, and the pieces start falling together.In the opening scene, both of them are undergoing almost an identical situation, and it's only fate that saves both and gets them both together. It should be a cathartic moment, instead it propels the drama to other level because much needs to be fixed, and it's going to be a very arduous task.Enters Lance, wonderfully played by Luke Wilson, a kind, accepting and generous soul who is more than willing to love, support, and take just about anything his spouse throws in front of him. He welcomes her brother with open arms, gives him a job, and appears to love him as part of the family right away. Wilson wins our hearts right away, and the emotional impact of his final scene is bound to shatter whatever type of thick skin we have developed after thousands of movies with similar themes.However, it's the interaction between Wigg and Hader that is incredible. These two actors capture the essence of their characters in a manner that makes us feel they have been together forever, can read each other's thoughts and emotions, just like real siblings. Watching them fight, express their resentments, frustrations, their love, their bonds is truly something to enjoy. There is a scene where we see how they connect when they lip sync to "Nothing is gonna stop us now". It's what intrigued me in the preview. The film is full of scenes like these, and it never disappoints. The rest of the acting ensemble is capable and good, but the range of emotions displayed by both certainly reaches greatness more than a few times.The film recalls that fantastic film that was bypassed by critics last year with its honesty and sensational performances. Charlize Theron did great work by herself in "Young Adult". I can't help but think the two films share a common point, the love a good story and the goal of showing what good acting can deliver.There is lots of darkness here. We see suicide attempts, adultery, depression and more, and it's not hidden behind fancy camera work, elevated language. It feels real and we can relate to it. These characters show what families can offer and take away, how parents' actions affect the future of their children.10 out of 10.
Very very good movie. slight spoiler alert tho' not too broad... (by rleary1)
I picked this up for rental on a whim since I'm a big Wiig/Hader fan from SNL. They were very surprisingly great in a very realistic film of sibling, parenting, sexual morals, silence within the family etc. with a horrible upbringing re: Mom and Dad issues etc. The movie starts from the very first scene with both fraternal twins Wiig/Hader on both East/West Coast attempting to kill themselves at almost the exact same second after not speaking to each other for a decade. I really liked this film and understand the rave Sundance reviews... Some people on IMDb say, 'It's too <more>
depressing'? Well, life/family is depressing too, but if you can survive life you'll do well afterwards. Very good film and I know Wiig is now established but Hader had some serious acting chops probably refined from playing 'stefan' lol I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to watch a serious dark film. and you probably don't your younger children to view since this is definitely NOT a Comedy! I personally have dealt with 3 suicides of loved one's always thinking I could have done something but you really can't. I'm absolved now of that slight guilt in the back of my mind. Watch this movie, if you're into Life and emotion, family, siblings, and just remembering High School, I think you'll love it!! And truly, Kristen and Bill are really great in it. my humble opinion of course.... I liked the ending too.
Way Funnier than Your Average Quirkedy (by stephenlovelette)
This is my least favorite type of movie.I call them 'sad swamps.' Trekking through can be an emotional chore.The best examples coming to mind are The Fault in Our Stars thumbs-down and The Perks of Being a Wallflower thumbs-up .The Skeleton Twins is no exception; there's some heartbreaking stuff in here. Don't expect it to relent, either.Plus it's an out-and-out quirkedy, and super low budget.All that being said, I really enjoy The Skele Twins.Wow, comedy has flourished this summer.On top of Neighbors, 22 Jump Street and Let's Be Cops; The ST brings the tally to <more>
four consistently hilarious entries for the genre.Plus, we've still got the sequels to Hot Tub Time Machine and Dumb & Dumbr looking forward.The Skeleton Twins is similar to Let's Be Cops in several ways.Take the shooting style for instance. The edges of the frame are oftentimes hazy with only the characters in focus.During a scene near the end, through a window in the background the viewer can see it's snowing outside. It's hard to tell because of the blurry visual, but it's a misleading inconsistency.The comedy is similar as well, because a lot of it seems improvised.The cast is tiny.Besides the two leads, there's only a pair of other recognizable faces.Ty Burrell is one of our finest actors working today. Here he turns in another performance befitting that reputation.Luke Wilson is outstanding. He's great in a number of movies especially Idiocracy but this may be his best role ever.He plays a refreshingly sympathetic husband to Kristen Wiig's character. Which is illustrative of a greater theme.The Skeleton Twins highlights compelling character interactions through the context of a complicated relationship.Bill Hader is incredibly convincing playing a gay role. In fact, he is so similar to my college roommate, I found myself reminiscing about my old buddy.With his wide-eyed expression, the brutal honesty and even-toned sarcasm. Oh and the mastery of lip-syncing and impromptu dancing. I was totally sold on his character.Kristen Wiig is spot-on, as always.Her timing is just so perfect. Plus she has a way with demanding sympathy from the viewer.That woman's got the Midas touch. She only appears in great movies.Although it takes an emotional toll I was tearing up on 2-3 separate occasions in the 93 minute duration The Skeleton Twins is a very funny movie that covers a number of timely issues.I highly recommend it to any and all interested viewers.To note a final similarity to Let's Be Cops, the ending doesn't necessarily wrap everything up.But when the credits abruptly roll, getting mired in this sad swamp feels worthwhile.
It is such a pleasure to see a great movie, that is great because of the acting, directing and the story and not special effects and stuff blowing up. The characters and the theme will stay with you long after you leave the theater.The chemistry between the two leads is magical. The story unwinds over the course of the film as we are introduced to characters and story lines that help us understand A LITTLE BIT how these twins came to the places they find themselves in their very different lives. Although they chose completely different paths, they find themselves at a similar point of <more>
desperation. They continually pull together and apart as the film moves along, and we are left with the feeling at the end that this will be a pattern for them, but more like one step backward, two steps forward. We can't help but root for them, despite their flaws and occasional unlikeability.Besides the two lead characters, Maggie and Milo, the 3 others--Mom, Richard and Lance--are given the full treatment by the director as well. The impact they have on the siblings is gradually exposed as well as some insight into their own personalities.The subject is dark, but there are many comedic moments, and we, along with Maggie and Milo, find joy, often at the most improbable moments. All in all, as I said, for me, an EXCELLENT movie.
My favorite thing about the film is it's humor. (by Hellmant)
'THE SKELETON TWINS': Four and a Half Stars Out of Five Indie comedy-drama flick about twins who reunite, after ten years of not seeing each other, when one unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide. The film stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as the twins and costars Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell and Boyd Holbrook. It was directed by sophomore filmmaker Craig Johnson and written by Johnson and Mark Heyman who also co-wrote 'BLACK SWAN' . It's a pretty dark and depressing drama, at times, but it's also really funny and it's filled with three good performances Hader, Wiig <more>
and Wilson .Milo Hader and Maggie Wiig are twins who haven't spoken much or seen each other in ten years. In a weird 'twin coincidence' they both plan to commit suicide on the same day; but Maggie is interrupted by an emergency phone call, about her brother's failed attempt. She brings him home to live with her and her husband, Lance Wilson . Lance and Maggie inform Milo that they're trying to have a baby but Maggie is unsure if she wants a child. She's also having an affair, with her scuba instructor Holbrook . At the same time Milo reunites with a former teacher Burrell , that he used to have relations with.It's great to see Hader and Wiig doing some pretty serious acting especially Hader; who hasn't had much experience with it, at all . They're both more than up to the task. While the movie is primarily a serious drama, and a pretty believable character study, it's also hilarious. My favorite thing about the film is it's humor. While both Hader and Wiig's characters seem like real people they're also pretty unlikeable at times and I had a hard time really rooting for either of them. I did really enjoy Luke Wilson's character though and he's great in his role . The script is clever and well played out and Johnson gives the material a beautiful director's touch. Despite my inability to completely relate to the main characters I still think it's a really well-made film.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://youtu.be/ftC5wS7ALvs
Brilliantly done dramedy with Hader stealing it (by bmennen)
Upstate NY is the setting for this funny and poignant film about a set of twins who split apart but are brought together by near-death experiences. It is difficult to make a movie that can go from laughter to the depths of anguish and remain entertaining or even believable, but "The Skeleton Twins" manages it well; but without Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig the degree of difficulty would have increased significantly.Hader plays a gay wannabe actor who is not doing well out in LA and paying his rent by waiting tables; Wiig is his twin who has stayed in the small town where they grew up <more>
and she is a dental hygienist. Although the flamboyantly gay "Stephone" was a Hader favorite on Saturday Night Live, do not expect a stereotype with Milo: this is a human and not a joke.Wiig's Maggie is a flawed character, and both sibs are scarred by their dreadful childhood. How they eventually come to depend on each other is a thing of beauty.Finally, cheers to Craig Johnson for the way he wrote Luke Wilson's Lance: the straight guy who just wants Maggie to be happy and have his children. Johnson makes him a noble character unlike the buffoon so many in Hollywood would have made of this type.The chemistry between Wiig and Hader is incredible, and Wilson is a joy to behold. This is a must-see.
An amazing mix of comedy and drama from two Saturnday Night Live alums (by bbickley13-921-58664)
Laughing at the pain of two siblings who unknowingly attempt to kill themselves at the same time, reunite due to this tragedy after ten years of non-communication. With Kristen Wig in the movie, I was expecting to laugh, but I think the best laughs came from Bill Hader. His role as Milo, A gay actor who's life is know where near what he expected in high school, sets us on a whirlwind of emotions as he tries to cope with being back home after being away for so long. Luke Wilson's supporting role as a the likable husband to Kristen Wig's character also gave me a big chuckle as <more>
well.Rounding out the cast is Ty Burrell, best known for his role on Modern Family. It was cool to see him do something out of Type.It was weird laughing at people with such messed up lives but some say this is the secret to great comedy, that it comes from a dark place. The filmmakers were able to show light coming from this darkness and it was well played in a way that made the twin's issues relateable to us.It was a great drama with a lot of comedy in it, A must see.
I went to this film at the Sundance premier based on the cast. Knowing this was a Drama with comedic talent left me hopeful but skeptical that it would not be a fish out of water watch the film to see why I use that analogy The movie was great. Kristin Wiig was the star she is. Bill Hader was strong in his first dramatic role and the chemistry between these two successful comedians paid off in spades. I believe Luke Wilson will not get his deserved credit in the film due to the role of the leading players, but he was fabulous. This was a drama highlighting some tough stuff. The talent of <more>
these actors and their ability to shift to comic relief was the highlight of the film. Get ready to laugh and cry. It was good.