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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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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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$380,691 (USA) (12 September 2014)

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$4,702,023 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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Anna Faris was cast in the lead role as Maggie but after a long time in development she was replaced by Kristen Wiig. See more »

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Milo: [sighs] Maggie, I know the dog dies. Everyone knows the dog dies. It's the book where the dog dies.
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It Takes Two
18 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is recommended.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as two siblings trying to make nice in the engaging independent dramedy, The Skeleton Twins. The film's leisurely pace may be slightly off and it has no central focus as it bounces from comedy to tragedy. Still, there are more than enough special moments of real humor and pathos that make this film notable.

Margo and Milo haven't been in much contact for over ten years. That relationship has been far from umbilical for these twins. There is a cordial distance due to incidents in their childhood. The common denominator is that both brother and sister are now forced to share their unhappy lives together. Margo is in a stressful marriage with a husband, Lance (a winning Luke Wilson) and is slowly eroding her relationship. Milo's love life is just as sad and complicated. To say any more about the plot would ruin some of the twists in this well- written story.

The Skeleton Twins is well directed by Craig Johnson, with a literate screenplay also written by the director and Mark Heyman. Its strong narrative structure and natural dialog enhance the film's charm, although its ending is in need of a rewrite. The screenwriters wisely know their lead actors improvisatory skills and incorporate their comic craft into their characters' idiosyncrasies. Scenes have been added to emphasize the performers' comic gifts. Especially memorable in the comedy department is a delightful musical duet where Milo and Margo bond when singing There's No Stopping Us Now. And there isn't. These are truly breakout performances.

The many years that Ms. Wiig and Mr. Hader have shared the stage on Saturday Night Live certainly helped the actors prepare for their roles in this film. Their unique bond and friendship already establishes their characters from the start. They are well aware of each others timing and rhythms. Their talents for comedy are evident, but it is their dramatic turns that show off their real complexity as performers. Both actors give subtle and commanding portraits and deserve much recognition for their acting. Surprisingly their more dramatic scenes outshine their humorous moments.

Also cast in supporting roles are many actors who have fine comic credentials including Ty Burrell as Milo's former teacher and Joanna Gleason as their flighty mother. Boyd Holbrook brings some needed swagger to his role as Margo's scuba instructor.

The Skeleton Twins does share in the joys and traumas of the human condition. The film allows moviegoers to taste the bittersweet zest for life by spending time with two lost souls who finally find each other. GRADE: B

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