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A good, wholesome film that's really a lot of fun,
on July 4, 2006
New York Minute is a pretty darn entertaining film featuring a number of humorous moments, and I'm not just saying that because Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are drop-dead gorgeous. They are, of course, drop-dead gorgeous, and I admit I only watched this film because of them, but this light comedy proved to be an enjoyable experience in its own right. The plot is rather formulaic and predictable, but it does work, and the Olsen twins really shine throughout the whole thing.
You start out with two sisters (imagine that!) who could not be more different: Jane (Ashley Olsen) is a budding, super-organized genius vying for a prestigious scholarship to Oxford; Roxy (Mary-Kate Olsen) is a bit of a wild child rebel who goes to great lengths to avoid school. Naturally, the girls do not get along very well. On this particular day, Jane is on her way to give the speech she hopes will win her the scholarship, and Roxy is playing hooky in order to attend a video shoot and slip her band's demo into the hands of someone in the music business. Things start going wrong from the very start. Forced to make their way into town by themselves, the girls manage to get themselves involved in a piracy ring, lose their clothes, take on the company of a little dog so ugly he's cute, find themselves on the ledge of a high-rise building, wander the streets of New York City wearing nothing but towels (thank you, writers), evade the clutches of a truant officer with illusions of grandeur, cross paths with Full House dad Bob Sagett (in a quick cameo), model all sorts of funky clothes and hairstyles, race to get Jane to her speech location on time, and eventually - and most importantly - reforge their long-lost bond of sisterhood.
New York Minute isn't Oscar caliber material, but it's a good, funny movie with lots of twists and turns and an overall positive message. That's a whole lot more than most of today's films have to offer. For me, it does seem like a good transition film for the Olsen twins as they evolve from childhood actresses to young adult actresses. It's hard to break a mold that was formed while the girls were still in diapers. While the Olsens may not be ready for truly adult roles just yet (they are, after all, still teenagers), they clearly show the talent to reconstitute themselves as bona fide actresses - singly or together. Whatever limitations New York Minute displays are due to the script and not to Ashley or Mary-Kate. People seemed to expect too much from this movie, treating it as a make-or-break moment in the Olsens' careers, it's unfortunate that this film was not more successful at the box office, but that does not mean that New York Minute is not a good movie - because it is. And, as I think I mentioned earlier, Ashley and Mary-Kate are drop-dead gorgeous.