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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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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

Although they play fraternal twins in the film, Kristen Wiig is five years older than Bill Hader. See more »

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Quotes

Maggie Dean: He doesn't deserve a fucking whore as a wife.
Milo Dean: You're not a whore.
Maggie Dean: [interrupts] Oh, really?
Milo Dean: [continues] So don't say that, please.
Maggie Dean: What would you call it, then?
Milo Dean: You're a restless housewife with whore like tendencies.
[Maggie chuckles]
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Brilliantly done dramedy with Hader stealing it
12 September 2014 | by bmennenSee all my reviews

Upstate NY is the setting for this funny and poignant film about a set of twins who 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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