The Skeleton Twins: Navigating (and Laughing) Through Complicated Sibling Relationships

Siblings. Oh, siblings. There aren’t many people on Earth you can beat up while simultaneously screaming “I LOVE YOU!” in their face, and mean it. Having a shared, common history with someone while independently maturing into your own person is complicated. The extreme degree of the complexity of this relationship is beautifully captured in The Skeleton Twins.


Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig – yes, from SNL! – diverge from their usual yuck-yuck roles to play a brother and sister duo who both help and hurt each other tremendously. There are two, yes two, suicide attempts, some recreational drug use, a costume party gone wrong, lots of messed up romantic relationships, and of course a mother who is in to new age medicine and not much else (played fantastically by Joanna Gleason). Oh, and Luke Wilson is in it too, as an adorably clueless and loving husband to Wiig who doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might even call your sibling to check in.

Watch The Skeleton Twins, now playing on EPIX and