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Final Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Bottom Line: “The Skeleton Twins” is a dark and deeply affecting family drama, one that features two of the year’s best performances from two of Hollywood’s most unappreciated actors, as well as one of 2014’s strongest screenplays.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10
Bottom Line: With two excellent dramatic performances from comedic actors Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader and a sometimes-powerful screenplay, “The Skeleton Twins” is only brought down by its off-putting manipulation of its characters’ plights to forcibly serve an out of place ending.
In “The Skeleton Twins,” Craig Johnson’s sophomore feature, SNL alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play Milo and Maggie Dean, two twins from upstate New York who have slowly drifted apart since the death of their beloved father. After Milo attempts suicide, Maggie decides to take him in – learning that he’s living alone in LA as a result of a failed acting career and a recent breakup. When Milo meets Maggie’s husband of two years, Lance (Luke Wilson), for the first time, he decides to reconnect with his first lover, a high school English teacher (Ty Burrell) who seduced him when he was only 15, and tries to make amends with Maggie, whom he hasn’t seen in a decade.
September 12, 2014
1 hr. 33 min.
Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Joanna Gleason