Kirsten leans her head on Bill's shoulder while his arms are crossed.


Title: The Skeleton Twins
Released: 2014

Fix: Sibling Drama, Dark Comedy
Platforms: AppleTV (rent)

Official Summary:

When same-day near-death experiences prompt estranged twins to reunite, they’re forced to reassess their lives while trying to mend their broken bond.

FYA Summary: 

Estranged twins Milo and Maggie both try to kill themselves on the same day, but Milo gets a little further along in the process. When Maggie’s called out to LA to see him in the hospital, she extends an offer to have him stay with her and her husband in New York. As they try living together, they start dealing with a lifetime’s worth of crap: sexual abuse, suicide attempts, broken relationships, and absent parents. And yet…it’s pretty funny.

Familiar Faces:

Kristen Wiig as Maggie

I love Kristen Wiig in dramas as much as I love her in raunchy comedies. The first time I saw her in a non-Bridesmaids-style comedy was Girl Most Likely, and although I was busy watching Darren Criss’ abs and twinkly eyes most of the time, it didn’t escape me that this lady is seriously talented.

Bill Hader as Milo

I think this might be the first time I’ve seen Bill Hader in anything that isn’t along the lines of SNL or Superbad, and he does not disappoint.

Luke Wilson as Lance

Oh Luke Wilson, I will watch you in anything. Even when you’re a basic bro, you’re totally charming.

Ty Burrell as Rich

This is…nothing like Ty’s role in Modern Family.

Couch-Sharing Capability: Low

This whole movie is basically a trigger warning, but somehow manages to be charming despite the darkness. It’s not the feel-good comedy, however, that some movies are, so if you have company, choose it wisely.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Medium

This is a dark, dark comedy where the laughs are in the subtle things — the way Milo flips his scarf over his shoulder as he’s containing a brush pile, or the way Lance tries to relate to Milo in a very “hey bro” way — so while you should have a drink or two, you don’t want to have so much that you miss the humor.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Recommended

This is exactly why I have Netflix: I meant to see this in the theaters last year, but never got around to it (leaving my house? Ugh!). After watching, I’m glad I was home — it was sweet and sad, but also dark enough that I wanted to go hug Bartholomew Bear, my stuffed panda. Bartholomew agrees that it is an acting triumph from two actors who are usually relegated to dick and poop jokes (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but now we both want to watch Magic Mike XXL to get back in a lighthearted mood.