The Skeleton Twins writer-director Craig Johnson and his co-writer Mark Heyman won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance for their well-liked dramedy, which stars Bill Hader as Milo and Kristen Wiig as Maggie—twin siblings who reunite for the first time in a decade, and reevaluate their lives. The first trailer for The Skeleton Twins has just been released by Roadside Attractions. How do the two former Saturday Night Live stars fare together outside the confines of sketch comedy?
The trail of the tape
Title: The Skeleton Twins
Director: Craig Johnson
Screenwriters: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Joanna Gleason
Release date: September 19, 2014
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “It’s dyke night, sweetie.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
I didn’t get to see The Skeleton Twins at Sundance, but our Nathan Rabin did, and he wrote, “Like the similarly grim Listen Up Philip, The Skeleton Twins is uncompromising in a way that’s both admirable and off-putting. As befits a film about suicide, The Skeleton Twins exists entirely inside a depressive autumnal haze leavened only slightly by Milo’s lacerating wit, which he wields like a weapon, albeit usually against himself. Perhaps because they’ve been working together so long, Wiig and Hader have terrific chemistry. They’re utterly convincing as siblings far too similar in personality and disposition to get along for any extended length of time. It’s a fully lived-in character study of two shattered depressives whose company audiences could be forgiven for not wanting to share for too long.”
Nathan’s description fits pretty well with what’s in this trailer, which makes The Skeleton Twins look like a pretty standard “immature melancholics find companionship” indie, elevated by the quality of the cast. My main hesitation here is Hader, who looks to be too obviously playing a character. But it’s possible that his affected voice and gestures will make more sense in the context of the whole film.