May 11, 2004 > New York Minute
New York Minute
Rated PG for mild sensuality and thematic elements
by Susana Nuņez
It's official. The Olsen Twins have hit it big...screen, that is. Besides the fact that they are starring with actors such as Eugene Levy, the most loved and hated twins in the industry have yet again produced another copy of the same story audiences have seen before. If you're an Olsen twin fan, the movie's a true pleaser, but it isn't recommended for those who have never had a soft spot for the girls. One of the most surprising scenes in the movie may be a foreshadowing of what's in the girls' future, since they obviously have very little time left in the children's movie genre.
Unlike real life, the twins loathe each other on screen. They are two extremes that simply cannot meet on neutral ground. Mary-Kate plays the rebel truant, Roxy Ryan, while Ashley plays the perfectly posh Jane Ryan. Example: In the first scene, Roxy rolls out of bed one morning wearing an old, worn out Metallica shirt and decides it's fit for another day while Jane dresses for success in a button up shirt, and a sensible pastel skirt accentuated by a pair of pumps. Jane is only hours away from giving the most important speech of her life, while Roxy devises a plan to cut school, as always. Roxy is the most wanted truant on the list of Officer Max Lomax (Eugene Levy) yet nothing will stop her from attending one of her favorite group's video shoots in New York City.
Against their will, the girls end up traveling together to the City, but once they arrive, their day goes awry. Kidnapped by Bennie Bang (Andy Richter), they manage to escape, yet keep digging themselves deeper into their troubles. Max Lomax soon finds out Roxy has once again cut school and is also on the chase to find her. With only a few hours before Jane's speech, the girls are running out of time. While on their quest to free themselves from Bennie and Max, however, they learn to appreciate each other and be the loving sisters they once were.
Like all Olsen Twins films, New York Minute is family friendly and adorable. Younger viewers may be a bit distraught by the way the girls carry themselves in the film since they are maturing and transitioning from young girls into young women onscreen. However, it is refreshing to finally see them finally grow up. After so many years of straight-to-TV movies, it's about time the Twins moved on to the next phase of their careers. So far, the girls are off to a good start.