Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins tells the story of Milo and Maggie Dean (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig) who try to reconnect after 10 years of silence. Just as Maggie is about to take a handful of pills to kill herself, she gets a call from a hospital informing her that her brother Milo has attempted suicide.

Maggie takes Milo back to New York to stay with her and her husband Lance (Luke Wilson) for a while. With their father dead and their mother Judy (Joanna Gleason) is no use, Milo and Maggie realise they only really have each other left. In an attempt to reconcile, Milo tells Maggie a secret from his time in Los Angeles. In return, Maggie confides in him and tells Milo she has been sleeping with her scuba diving instructor Billy (Boyd Holbrook) and other men on multiple occasions. Maggie is also still taking birth control, even though she and her husband are trying to have a baby.

Meanwhile Milo is secretly seeing his old English teacher Rich (Ty Burrell) who he has been involved with when he was 15 years old. He lies to Maggie about it and when she finds out, she calls Rich a child molester. When Maggie thinks she might be pregnant, she freaks out and only calms down when she gets her period. Thinking life is good again, she comes home to find Lance with her contraception pills in hand. All of this results in the twins having a nasty argument that causes one of them to jump over the edge again.

The Skeleton Twins


“This is a smart movie about complicated people in search of something approaching inner peace.”
   Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“Wiig and Hader give winning, finely nuanced turns in a film that deftly mixes light and dark. Also features the best use of ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ since Mannequin…”
   Jamie Graham, Games Radar

“If a movie with suicide as a central theme can be deemed funny, then writer/director Craig Johnson has pulled it off, mixing heartache and humor and giving Wiig, especially, the opportunity to shine.”
   Philadelphia Inquirer

Did You Know?

The Skeleton Twins was shot entirely in New York over the course of 22 days. Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig have worked together previously on a number of films such as Adventureland and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Sydney Lucas, who plays young Maggie in flashbacks of the twins spending time with their father, also played a younger version of Kristin Wiig in Girl Most Likely. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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Caroline Vogt

Caroline Vogt

Originally from Germany, Caroline made a quick year-long stop in Pennsylvania, USA when she was 16, only to eventually move to sunny Manchester where she recently completed her M.A. in Screen Studies. She is a Queer Cinema fanatic and a music enthusiast, having co-founded the Green Chair Sessions. At the moment she is looking for a full-time job to pay the bills and simultaneously researching and writing her first feature-length screenplay… which basically is a full-time job in itself.
Caroline Vogt
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