The Skeleton Twins

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Craig Johnson
Production: Roadside Attractions
  4 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


I don't know.

Maybe we were doomed from the beginning.

I mean, it's not like Dad was Mr. Sunshine.

Sometimes I think all our problems

came directly from him.

But a lot of the good stuff did, too.

Remember what he always called us?

The Gruesome Twosome.

He told us to stick

together, no matter what.

God! What the hell happened to us?


Hi, is this Maggie Dean?


This is L.A. Presbyterian Hospital.

You know,

I'm on the National Do Not Call Registry.

How did you get this number?

I'm calling to inform you

that your brother Milo

was admitted this afternoon

after an attempted suicide.

He's okay.

Ms. Dean?


- He's okay.

- Good, thank you.

It's a good thing

he was blasting his music.

A neighbor complained

and got the building manager.

Here's his note.

"To whom it may concern..."


When was the last time you saw each other?

About 10 years.

Hey, Milo.


You changed your hair.

Oh, yeah. It's...

It's been light for a while, I guess.

Look at you.

Yeah, look at me.

Another tragic gay clich.

I don't know if you still like apple

fritters. Probably not as good as Jensen's.

I'm not really hungry.

I'll just leave them here.

How many days

did they say you have to be in here?

A day or two.

Do you have anyone...

Do you live alone?

Yeah, I live alone.

Well, I'm around the next couple days,

if you need anything.

Maggie, this was just

some stupid thing I did.

I was drunk and feeling melodramatic, so...

You didn't have to come here.

You should go.


They told me you were down here.

I get discharged today.

They just called me a cab.

I thought you were going home.

Why, because you told me to?

No, because I asked you to.

What, are you king of the hospital now?

Have you read Marley and Me?

Yeah, sad.

Why is it sad?

You don't know what happens?

No, that's why I'm reading it.

Oh, sorry.

- What?

- Nothing.

- What, does the dog die at the end?

- No, I didn't say that.

The f***ing dog dies at the end.

- I didn't... I'm not saying anything.

- Look how much I had left.

I'm sorry I ruined it.

Maggie, I know the dog dies.

Everyone knows the dog dies.

It's the book where the dog dies.


I see you're getting

your sense of humor back.

Yeah, they can't take that away from me.

I was thinking,

maybe you'd wanna come stay with me?

What, back to New York?

Yeah. I mean just for a little bit,

until you feel better.

I have a guest room

and you can meet Lance finally.

Nyack's really beautiful this time of year.

So the crack team of hospital crisis

counselors got to you, too, huh?

- This was my decision.

- Yeah, whatever.

They guilted you into this.

You're right. It's probably a bad idea.

Hey, Maggie.

I have an aquarium

full of very beloved, fat goldfish.

You can get new goldfish in New York.

Welcome home.

Hey, here he is.

- Lance.

- Yeah, sure am.

- How are ya?

- Great to meet you.

Oh, sh*t. Sorry, man.

It's okay. Don't worry about it.

They're healing over, so it's fine.

I'm so psyched to finally meet you,

you know?

Yeah, you, too.

Mysterious Milo in the flesh, right?

Well, actually, I'm clothed now,

so you'll have to get to know me

a little bit better

before you see me in the flesh.

Cool, cool.

Well, hey, if you need anything,

I'm around, so don't hesitate to holler.

I'm just... I'm doing a few chores.

I will, I will, thank you.

Thanks for having me.

Okay, take it easy, amigo.

You, too, amigo.

Jesus, Maggie.

So, Milo, you hear about

your wild and crazy sister?

Are you... He doesn't know?

Your wild and crazy

sister has been taking...

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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