The Skeleton Twins
U.S. Dramatic


2013, 90 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Living separate lives on opposite sides of the country, estranged siblings Maggie and Milo are at the end of their ropes. But after a moment of crisis reunites them, Milo goes to spend time with Maggie in the small New York town where they grew up. A dental hygienist, Maggie struggles with her unhappy marriage to the painfully good-natured Lance, while Milo tracks down Rich, the English teacher with whom he shares a checkered past. Adrift and wondering how they ended up so far from who they were supposed to be, the siblings try to patch things up.

Craig Johnson’s second feature sensitively explores these lives of quiet desperation with remarkable finesse. It unfolds a rich backstory through subtle interactions between its characters and finds the agility to be funny, melancholic, touching, and devastating within the space of a single scene. Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader give astonishing, dramatic performances. Their connection to the characters and to each other is magical…and funny (Maggie cleaning Milo’s teeth proves that nothing promotes sibling reconciliation like nitrous oxide).

The twins’ father once told them to stick together no matter what. The Skeleton Twins is about discovering what that means.

Director: Craig Johnson

Screenwriters: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman

Producers: Stephanie Langhoff, Jennifer Lee, Jacob Pechenik

Executive Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Jared Ian Goldman

Cinematographer: Reed Morano

Production Designer: Ola Maslik

Editor: Jennifer Lee

Composer: Nathan Larson

Principal Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook, Joanna Gleason

About the Director

Craig Johnson’s first feature film, True Adolescents, starring Mark Duplass and Melissa Leo, premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. He has written two films for 20th Century Fox and was a member of the inaugural Fox Writers Studio. He holds an MFA from NYU's graduate film program and a BA in theatre from the University of Washington. The Skeleton Twins is his second feature.


1/18/2014 2:30 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 9:00 pm
Tower Theatre, SLC
1/20/2014 9:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
1/22/2014 12:15 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 8:30 am
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/26/2014 5:15 pm
The MARC, Park City