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The Skeleton Twins (2014)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 September 2014 (New Zealand)
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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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Family is a cruel joke See more »


Comedy | Drama

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

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11 September 2014 (New Zealand)  »

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The Skeleton Twins  »

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


$5,283,379 (USA) (19 December 2014)

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Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig previously played a couple in Adventureland (2009). See more »


Milo Dean: Look, it had nothing to do with you.
Maggie Dean: That is bullshit. You're my brother. And we're supposed to be there for each other. And if you don't get that by now, then, I don't know, I guess I'll talk to you in another ten years.
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Referenced in Film 2015: Episode dated 5 November 2014 (2014) See more »


Written by Paul Humphreys (as Paul David Humphreys)
Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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Brilliantly done dramedy with Hader stealing it
12 September 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Upstate NY is the setting for this funny and poignant film about a set of twins that split apart but are brought together by near-death experiences.

It is difficult to make a movie that can go from laughter to the depths of anguish and remain entertaining or even believable, but "The Skeleton Twins" manages it well; but without Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig the degree of difficulty would have increased significantly.

Hader plays a gay wannabe actor who is not doing well out in LA and paying his rent by waiting tables; Wiig is his twin who has stayed in the small town where they grew up and she is a dental hygienist. Although the flamboyantly gay "Stephone" was a Hader favorite on Saturday Night Live, do not expect a stereotype with Milo: this is a human and not a joke.

Wiig's Maggie is a flawed character, and both sibs are scarred by their dreadful childhood. How they eventually come to depend on each other is a thing of beauty.

Finally, cheers to Craig Johnson for the way he wrote Luke Wilson's Lance: the straight guy who just wants Maggie to be happy and have his children. Johnson makes him a noble character unlike the buffoon so many in Hollywood would have made of this type.

The chemistry between Wiig and Hader is incredible, and Wilson is a joy to behold. This is a must-see.

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