Great New Movie

Have you guys seen the trailer for Skeleton Twins? Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estranged siblings who are forced to spend time together after an unexpected tragedy. The film won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance and looks dark and hilarious.

Last night I went down a rabbit hole and read a bunch of interviews about the movie, and here are two fun quotes for you:

Writer/director Craig Johnson: “[Wiig and Hader] are like brother and sister. I just stood in the corner, silent and in awe of these two people when they would just riff back and forth. They would be on set in between takes just going off on bits that were completely improvised, but were just so funny and so quick. It was like they had a shorthand, secret telepathic language with each other. They know each other’s brains so well.”

The New York Times: “Weren’t you once fired from a movie theater for spoiling the end of Titanic?”

Bill Hader: “I was tearing tickets for a movie theater in Tempe, Arizona, and this sorority had rented out the whole theater and they were being so rude to me. I was like: ‘The boat sinks, Leo dies at the end. You think he’s sleeping, but he’s frozen. And the old lady is Kate Winslet. Enjoy the movie.’ ”

Thoughts? Will you see it? Mark your calendars: It comes out this Friday, September 12th.

P.S. Mindy Kaling’s beautiful friendship advice.

P.P.S. Kristen Wiig is 41, Tina Fey is 44 and Amy Poehler is 42. I used to dread my forties, but not anymore!

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  3. Absolutely go see this movie! It is real, touching, grounded and hilarious. A breath of fresh air in a movie for sure!

  4. It looks fantastic! What a great cast! I cannot wait to see it. Thanks for the tip.

  5. I hope this movie comes to Italy for the completely unrelated reason that my little boy shares the same name as the main character! Gotta love Milo!

  6. Loved the trailer and can’t wait to see it – I love all brother and sister stories: rachel getting married was amazing and the family stone too. I even watched brother’s and sister’s, and we all know how soapy that was.

    On a funny note: I was talking about crushes to my younger sister the other day and remembered a wildly embarrassing celebrity crush she used to have. I looked at me in total shock and uttered “I was so sure NOBODY knew about that… You’re no longer invited to my wedding.”

    Yeah.. siblings are the best.

  7. Darn it hate when my comment doesn’t go through and I gotta remember what I said….

    Holy Guacamole this movie looks amazing!

    PSSSS I was feeling the same way about 4-0, but the further away from my twenties the better I feel!! Sorry young thangs, but LIFE gets even better!

  8. Thanks for sharing-looks SO good! And I’d never heard of it!

  9. Sometimes I think this blog, or you?, are my best friend. Sometimes things just click and CoJ and me click. Thanks.

  10. jill, that’s so funny! do you know rob meyer too? he is friends with adam and craig—although i didn’t realize his friend craig was the same as the director of this movie until rob emailed me a couple hours ago. small world around!!

  11. Ack! Craig Johnson is a close friend and this post totally freaked me out to see his name in a place that I don’t associate with him. Maybe he really is making it big! :) Side note: the movie is GREAT.

  12. The minute I see two people spontaneously break out into song as part of a cute friendship montage… I’m out.

  13. I can’t wait to see this one! When they start singing…die!

  14. Sounds like either a “I love it” or “I hate it” movie! Will see! I love movies too.

  15. LOVE Bill Hader…this movie looks great!

  16. The Savages with Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a similar movie.

  17. Two of my faves from SNL and hope to see this. Hadn’t heard of it before – thanks for sharing!

    PS- agreed about the turning 40 thing. I turn 30 next year and seeing cool chicks like Tina and Amy killing it makes me feel like I’m just getting started!

  18. yeah, well…i’m 46 and i’m amazing!! :-)

  19. So funny, I shared this with my friends a week ago because I thought it looked really good. Not sure if people without siblings will have the same appreciation but I’m looking forward to it!

  20. I love Kristen Wiig, thanks for sharing the trailer..
    Hi Joanna, first time I am writing to you.. I love your posts, Greetings from Guatemala.

  21. This movies looks pretty good! can’t go wrong with those two!

    x Lily

  22. SO funny that you posted this, because I just saw the trailer for it last night. Sometimes I like to log into Hulu and just catch up on tons and tons of trailers. I think this looks SO GOOD and Bill Hader is one of the funniest guys of SNL in recent years, in my opinion.

  23. Oh man, it looks SO GOOD. So used to seeing them in over the top ridiculous roles. This looks like such a good pair!!

  24. Been looking forward to this one for a while! There’s sooo much good stuff coming out soon. Do you have any interest in Wild? I’m a new/huge fan of Cheryl Strayed’s writing (the movie is based on her memoir), and think the trailer looks pretty solid!

  25. I am not easily impressed when it comes to films, but this looks like my kind movie! I will definitely be going to see this when it is out in the UK. I went to see Boyhood on your recommendation and was not disappointed in the slightest. So thanks for pointing me in the right direction of decent films. x

  26. I LOVE your last note – so true, let’s all look forward to our 40s!

  27. This sounds like an awesome movie!!! I am solo going to watch it!!! Thanks for the hint!

  28. yes, the trailer looked great for that one, as well.

  29. This Is Where I Leave You is coming out Friday, too. The book was crazy, but I have a feeling the cast will be so spot-on it will be great!