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New York Minute

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: New York Minute

Starring: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen
Director: Dennie Gordon
Rated: PG
RunTime: 91 Minutes
Release Date: May 2004
Genre: Comedy

*Also starring: Andy Richter, Jared Padalecki, Riley Smith, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Garen Boyajian, Darrell Hammond, Drew Pinsky, Todd Schroeder, Mary Bond Davis

Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4

While you may not have heard of the Olsen twins, millions of prepubescent girls, collectively called tweens, follow their every move. They've have been in the limelight since they were nine months-old, appearing as wide-eyed, adorable Michele Tanner, on TV's "Full-House." Basically, the perky, precocious Olsens grew up on-camera. When that show went off the air, they did "Two of a Kind," plus 14 direct-to-video "Mary-Kate and Ashley Adventures," building a billion-dollar business empire. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not identical twins but they look very much alike and to celebrate their 18th birthday on June 13th, they've made their first movie.

In this zany action-comedy, they play sisters, Jane and Roxanne Ryan from Long Island, who travel to Manhattan, where brainy Jane (Ashley) is to deliver a speech at Columbia University to qualify for a prestige scholarship at Oxford in England. Meanwhile, rebellious Roxy (Mary-Kate) wants to sneak backstage at an underground music video shoot to slip her demo tape to the band.

Writers Emily Fox, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage and director Dennie Gordon have them pursued by a truant officer (Eugene Levy) along with a DVD-pirate (Andy Richter), who wants a microchip the twins don't even know they have. They attract a Senator's son (Jared Padalecki) and a bicycle messenger (Riley Smith), along with cameos from Jack Osbourne and Bab Saget.

Totally lacking either the charm or wit of "30 Going on 30" and "Mean Girls," the zany, episodic madcap mayhem is obviously a vanity production by their company, Dualstar. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "New York Minute" is a frantic 4. As Ashley whines while slogging with Mary-Kate through a sewer: "There is no bright side!"

Copyright 2004 Susan Granger

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