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15 Unbelievable Onscreen Siblings

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    We don't pretend to be experts in casting. Based on our experience as viewers, however, it seems like "family resemblance" is not exactly at the top of casting directors' lists when they're working on a new movie or TV show. At least, we hope it ranks well below talent, chemistry, and affinity for the character. And not many families are as blessed as, say, the Gyllenhaals, the Baldwins, or the Wilsons.

    This week, dynamic duo Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will play Sisters who really look nothing alike, and we couldn't be happier. Appearances, we can forgive, when two stars are so well matched in spirit. Sure, it's a little tough to swallow the fact that Luke and Leia Skywalker are twins, but at least they're not Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. No one ever complained that there's not a gene pool in science that could come up with Dan and Jenny Humphrey.

    We're not here to complain, either, merely to point out that such differences in appearance can sometimes work to aid in the telling of a story about siblings who grew apart during adulthood, and sometimes, they're just worth ignoring altogether.


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    Star Wars (1977)

    Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke (Mark Hamill) don't share bone structure, eye color, skin color, hair color, or temperament. They'd never be mistaken for twins by anyone who saw them, which maybe makes this scene a little less nauseating, but not by much.

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

    Jeannie (Jennifer Grey) clearly despises her older brother Ferris (Matthew Broderick), and would probably really love to discover the reason they look nothing alike is because she's adopted. We can quickly dismiss their dissimilar appearance because, duh, no one else could play those roles and John Hughes' casting decisions must never be questioned.

    Watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off on Netflix.

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    Parenthood (movie 1989, series 2010-2015)

    Neither the movie's Buckman siblings (Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Harley Kozak, and Tom Hulce), nor the TV show's Bravermans (Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, and Erika Christensen) bear any resemblance to each other. That's okay, because what unites them is not really their shared experiences growing up, but their shared struggles in raising their own kids now.

    Watch Parenthood the movie on Amazon.

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    Little Women (1994)

    The whole point of this story is how Meg (Trini Alvarado), Jo (Winona Ryder), Beth (Claire Danes), and Amy (Kirsten Dunst/Samantha Mathis), have totally disparate temperaments and follow the paths that best suit them. Maybe it's best that they also don't resemble each other in the least.

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    Friends (1994-2004)

    Dark hair is about all Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross (David Schwimmer) share genetically. The universe in which the girl sibling gets perfect features, while her brother gets the goofy ones would be a fair one we don't see in reality. And yet, their mismatched personalities and bickering remind us what true siblinghood is all about.

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