As Oscar time quickly approaches, Los Angeles-based writer Jill Gutowitz has discovered a shocking parallel between one of this year's Best Picture nominees, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's 1998 comedy, Billboard Dad.
The Vice, Teen Vogue, and AwesomenessTV contributor put forth her theory via a series of funny tweets:
You might've been stunned by Frances McDormand's brutal portrayal of Mildred Hayes. Many people don't know this, but the character was actually inspired by MK & A's Tess & Emily Tyler, two bull-headed women who stopped at nothing in pursuit of righteousness for their bloodline. pic.twitter.com/0CiReCvnHN— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) February 26, 2018
The revelation rocked Twitter user's worlds:
Finally, someone brave enough to speak up about this!— Tanner LaFond (@tannerlafond) February 26, 2018
Though some weren't so impressed:
Just because it has a billboard in it? Very flimsy. You know there were two movies about Winston Churchill this year.— Dan Frigolette (@DanFrigolette) March 1, 2018
Also you and the twins are the only ones who knows that movie happened.
The Plot to Billboard Dad is more similar to Sleepless in Seattle than Three Billboards in Ebbing MO.— Dan Frigolette (@DanFrigolette) March 1, 2018
I disagree. Sam Rockwell discussed the criticism of the film Monday, said that its not meant to be entirely realistic. I feel its a quite powerful vehicle for criminal justice.— Ryan McAllister (@mcryan09) February 28, 2018
While some just got a good laugh:
Pretty sure this thread was made specifically for me. I thank you.— Ellie Blaser (@ellieknope) February 27, 2018
And others shared their love of the Olsen Twins:
And one lone voice enumerated the many similarities between Three Billboards and Road House (1989):
I posit that Three Billboards exists in the same world as Road House— Dwight Privilege (@Dong__Quixote) February 28, 2018
- both take place in a fictitious city in Missouri
- police are non-existent
- buildings get firebombed without repurcussion
- young abnormally attractive women (for Missouri) with old bald men
- pain don’t hurt
In case you haven't seen it, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is actually considered a "darkly comic drama" by IMDB. Released in November in the US, it tells the story of a mother who rents three billboards to prod local authorities into solving the case of her daughter's murder.