The Skeleton Twins
Sibling bonds are fertile territory for indie dramedies, but THE SKELETON TWINS distinguishes itself from the pack with a pair of knockout performances from 'Saturday Night Live' veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. This character-driven crowdpleaser also reps a step toward the mainstream for sophomore helmer Craig Johnson (whose little-seen mumblecore debut, TRUE ADOLESCENTS, toplined Mark Duplass, an exec producer here). The lead players' 'SNL' baggage actually works in their favor, both in the effortless way they establish a shared history for estranged twins Milo and Maggie, and in the pic’s savvy use of comedy as a coping mechanism for hard times... but the biggest surprise for audiences expecting plenty of laughs will be just how effectively both thesps handle the weightier dramatic material in the screenplay.
Geoff Berkshire, variety.com, 18 Jan 2014
Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook
Screenplay: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman
Director of Photography: Reed Morano
Film Editor: Jennifer Lee
Composer: Randall Poster, Meghan Currier
Production Designer: Ola Maslik
Costume Design: Kaela Wohl
Producer: Stephanie Langhoff
Co-Producer: Jennifer Lee, Jacob Pechenik
Production Company: Duplass Brothers Productions Inc.
World Sales: Sony Pictures
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Director: Craig Johnson