Rating: PG for mild sexuality and language
Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Don’t call them the Olsen twins. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have publicly expressed their desire to be regarded as separate entities, actress/pitch-girl/multi-millionaresses with unique personalities starring in their first “adult” movie. Separated at birth or not, they make it work.
M-K play polar opposites, fearlessly marching to different drummers. Products of a deceased mother and an
over-worked neglectful dad (Drew Pinsky), the sisters are estranged to the breaking
point. Jane is an uptight, germ-phobic intellectual who lives for her
color-coded day planner and dreams of an
One day will
change everything. On the morning of
Jane’s big scholarship presentation at
ride cum comedy of errors sums it up. Overachiever
Jane is on the run from baddies who want to retrieve their chip (Andy Richter
doing bad Chinese adoptee Bennie Bang) and Roxy is dodging nerdy
There are rough spots, and a seemingly desperate desire to give the girls a more sophisticated image by accentuating their burgeoning sexuality and hooking them up with cute boyfriends before their ninety minutes is up.
But the Olsens aren’t a commercial juggernaut for nothing. Their charm is evident in every frame, from racing through the streets of NYC swathed in bathtowels (you had to be there) to their impromptu makeover montage at the House of Bling. The sibs pull off their classic confrontation with surprising credibility and pathos – I’m moved to say I was moved.
There’s no doubt that the Olsens have got it going on. Joining forces to overcome adversity shouts out a substantial sense of Girl Power to a large and loyal fan base that can officially count me as one of their number.