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The Skeleton Twins (2014)

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Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

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Craig Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Hader ... Milo Dean
Kristen Wiig ... Maggie Dean
Luke Wilson ... Lance
Ty Burrell ... Rich
Boyd Holbrook ... Billy
Joanna Gleason ... Judy
Kathleen Rose Perkins ... Carlie
Adriane Lenox ... Dr. Linda Essex
Sydney Lucas ... Young Maggie
Eddie Schweighardt ... Young Milo
Paul Castro Jr. ... Eric
Benjamin McGowan ... Cullen
Jennifer Smith Jennifer Smith ... Bar Woman
Genevieve Adams ... Store Manager
Truck Hudson ... Security Officer
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Storyline

After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other. Written by Anonymous

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Family is a cruel joke.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2014 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

The Skeleton Twins See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$380,691, 14 September 2014

Gross USA:

$5,284,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,776,640
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene between Kristen Wiig (Maggie) and Luke Wilson (Lance) involving Vibram shoes was improvised. See more »

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[Milo is on the top of a building, drunk. He was playing with a toy wooden whale and he dropped it to ground level. He started looking around the town for a brief moment]
Security Officer: Hey.
[Milo turned to see who it was: a security guard behind him]
Security Officer: What are you doing up here?
Milo Dean: I'm waiting for you, Mr. Big Officer Man.
Security Officer: The fuck you said?
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Twistedly comedic but truly a drama, brilliant performances from Hader and Wiig
4 December 2014 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig allow their real life friendship to transcend the silver screen as siblings for The Skeleton Twins, a somber comedic drama.

The drama of The Skeleton Twins centers on the estranged relationship between fraternal mid-to-late twenty-something twins brought together as they are forced to address their splintered relationship.

Bill Hader is Milo who has a fraternal twin sister Maggie, played by Kristen Wiig. After being the gruesome twosome as youngsters their relationship is strained, not having seen each other for ten years. Fate brings them together when both Maggie and Milo cheat death on the same day and their reunion helps to invigorate themselves into fixing their lives and their relationship with one another.

Through Craig Johnson's masterful writing along with Mark Heyman, the screenplay provides a fleshed out and substantial adult familial dynamic based upon a dreadfully painful childhood. They find the harmonious and perfect balance of unconventional melancholic humor and serious drama that allows viewers to be completely invested in the characters and their story.

Finally, The Skeleton Twins brings forth a film with a wholeheartedly believable sibling relationship. It is innately clear that Maggie and Milo have a connection, even if it was lost somewhere along the way. Hader and Wiig's real life bond certainly plays a part in the success of their stellar performances. They emote a deep pain and turmoil while simultaneously having a cynically jaded sense of humor about it. Luke Wilson is a wonderful sincere addition as as simple man who just wants to see his wife, Maggie, happy. Joanna Gleason is also quite memorable in the sole scene as she plays masterfully against Kristen Wiig. Some may criticize that Hader's Milo plays a bit too much into gay stereotypes and while the critique comes from a valid place, his character is sincere, real and far from exaggerated.

The dynamic range of both Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader coupled with the serious themes examined by The Skeleton Twins are deep, fully formed and stretch both film and actors to a superb place.

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