DVD RELEASE Film better on small screen
The jokes seem less awful on a television screen, a critic says.
By NANCY CHURNIN
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
As someone who hated "New York Minute" when it came out in theaters, I have to admit Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen play better on the small screen, which, after all, is what made their company, Dualstar Entertainment Group, worth an estimated $1 billion.
Perhaps now there's an extra slice of sympathy for Mary-Kate, who was in the news for being treated for anorexia before she and her sister, now 18, headed off for their freshman year at New York University this fall. But on the television screen, the jokes seem a little less awful and their less-than-swift delivery a little more endearing.
The Olsen twins pioneered reality TV before anyone knew what it was. They made their television debut at nine months on the sitcom "Full House." Afterward, they made a series of videos about their parties, their mall trips and their vacations, with occasional fictionalized stories about twin sisters thrown in.
In the film
Here they play sisters in a fictionalized story about opposites. Ashley is super-organized Jane, who hopes to give a speech that will win her a scholarship. Mary-Kate is musical, free-spirited Roxy, who dreams of showing her demo to a band that will launch her as a rock star.
They hate each other. They mess things up for each other. They save each other. They love each other.
But sympathy or no, the subplot about the nefarious Asian matron who threatens to kill the girls unless they can cough up a chip of pirated music still deserves the delete button. The accent and the stereotypes are pretty offensive.
The DVD extras are for Olsen fans only -- bloopers, gag reel and alternate endings (all underwhelming) and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.