Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Perfect Match

Identical twin 9-year-old girls, one a poor orphan, the other a rich heiress, cause confusion when they decide to meddle in their caretakers' love lives in this family-oriented comedy. Amanda (Mary Kate Olsen) is the orphan, a scrappy young girl with no family, relying on the support of her caring social worker, Diane (Kirstie Alley). When Diane brings Amanda to a summer camp, she first encounters Alyssa (Ashley Olsen), the wealthy daughter of the camp's sponsor, Roger Callaway (Steve Guttenberg). The girls immediately bond and decide to switch places for the fun of it. They soon conclude that their lives would be improved if Roger and Diane were to get together and form a family, and they set out to bring the adults together.

Title: It Takes Two
Release: November 17, 1995
Genre: Family- Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG
Writer: Deborah Dean Davis
Director: Andy Tennant
Music By: Ray & Sherman Foote
Produced By: Jim Cruickshank & James Orr
Distributed By: Warner Brothers Pictures
Run Time: 101 minutes

There are a few twin celebrities but none so popular as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Ever since they were little kids they have starred in films and TV shows that cash in on their cuteness and the fact that they are twins, it didn’t hurt that they were extremely talented either. The film It Takes Two is a variation of the Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain and the movie The Parent Trap.

I love movies from the early 90's because they seem so much more real and I grew up in that era. There are several movies starring the Olsen twins’ but It Takes Two was always a favorite. Even if the film is lighthearted fluff (not many kids would sit through it if it wasn’t), I think it was actually one of the last good movies the girls made together.

The story is cute, funny, and a great film to watch with the family (especially if you have mischievous little girls) but it is rather predictable. The humor is what pulls the whole thing through especially the many clever one liners ( “...Yeah right, and Santa Claus lives with the Tooth Fairy in Queens”) so although you know that the fairy tale ending pulls through in the end, you’ll have fun on the journey!

For more information on It Takes Two:
Wikipedia entry and


1 comment:

  1. You have picked such a great film to highlight! This movie came out when I was in college and I saw it opening night on a double date. We all enjoyed it quite a bit and they handed out free buttons (which I still have!)

    Their last film, New York Minute was quite a disapointment. I watched some of the DTV movies with my stepson when he was younger. They were cute. I remember the Austrailia one being pretty funny!



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