The Skeleton Twins

2014 R 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Skeleton Twins

2014 R 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD
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When near-death experiences on the same day motivate estranged twins Milo and Maggie to reunite, they're forced to reevaluate their empty lives as they attempt to mend the long-broken bond between them.
Blu-ray DVD
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although The Skeleton Twins stars two actors best known for their comedic talents (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig), it's an insightful, moving, mature drama that dissects and distils the magic and mayhem of sibling relationships -- especially those who grew up in a dysfunctional and difficult household. Expect plenty of intense scenes that show characters attempting suicide (in one case, a man gets into a tub with water that slowly turns red), lots of swearing (including "f--k" and more), simulated sex (a man and a woman are shown coupling up against a wall, and two men wake up on the morning after their own encounter), drinking (sometimes to destructive inebriation), and a complex storyline involving an adult who was molested and taken advantage of by a teacher but still wants contact with that person.

Sexual Content

A man and a woman are shown kissing passionately and, later, up against a wall, presumably having sex, though no sensitive body parts are shown. There's an open discussion about sex. Two men are shown in bed on what appears to be the morning after they slept together; one is getting dressed, and the other is still under covers, shoulders and chest bared. A man talks in raw terms about how he needs sex.


Viewers don't see Milo cut himself in the beginning, but it's implied, and the sight of water turning blood-red is disturbing. Later, characters are shown teetering on the edge of a building, as if about to jump, and trying other means of killing themselves, including drowning. One character was molested by a teacher in high school, and this is discussed with much pain, anger, and confusion. Milo and Maggie get into a brutal shouting match.


Pretty salty, including "a---hole," "damn," "c--k," "bulls--t," "p---y," and "f--k." Also, the word "retarded" is used pejoratively. A child flashes his mom the finger.

Social Behavior

Even the darkest of nights leads to a brighter morning: Both main characters are sometimes felled by deep pain that comes from a very troubled childhood, but their will sustains them. Also, when you think you can't turn to anyone at all, there's always family -- at least in their case.


An Apple computer is seen, as is an iPhone. Also, Coors beer.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink beer and hard liquor (sometimes to the point of destructive inebriation) and get high on nitrous.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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