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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Movies

Updated on July 17, 2014

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"To Grandmother's House We Go"

"To Grandmother's House We Go" (1992)

Rating: Four out of five stars

Cast: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Rhea Perlman, Cynthia Geary, J. Eddie Peck, Jerry Van Dyke, Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Brue, Andrea Barber, Lori Loughlin

Similar Movies: "Home Alone", "Daddy Day Care"

Two little girls decide to give their mom a break from them and try traveling to their grandma's house for Christmas. They cross the path of two bad guys who steal a truck they were traveling in. Will they ever make it to grandma's?

This is an adorable movie. The twins get on each other's nerves a lot and their expressions and comments are cute and funny. The character Eddie and their mom make for a cute couple as well. This movie is really adorable and sweet. Little kids will probably like this movie and it makes for a sweet Christmas movie. It has some cheesy lines but they aren't too bad. If you look closely at the end you will see several cast members of the show "Full House".

Part One "To Grandmother's House We Go"

"Double Double Toil and Trouble"

"Double Double Toil and Trouble" (1993)

Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Starring: Olsen Twins, Cloris Leachman, Eric McCormick

Similar Movies: "The Haunted Mansion", "The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It", "The Halloween Tree", "Spooky Godmother", "Halloweentown"

In this Halloween movie a family is about to lose their home. The two daughters discover their evil great aunt who is a witch (Cloris Leachman, "The Croods") is causing them to have bad things happen to the family. This movie is cute. I can't help saying that all of the Olsens' movies when they were little kids were just adorable. As they got older not as much. This is a cute Halloween movie to show to your little kids during that holiday.

"Double Double Toil and Trouble" Movie Trailer

"The Little Rascals"

"The Little Rascals" (1994)

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

Starring: Bug Hall, Courtland Mead, Brittany Ashton Holmes, Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Trump, Olsen Twins, Reba McEntire, Daryl Hannah, Mel Brooks, Raven Symone, Lea Thompson

Similar Movies: "Richie Rich", "A Christmas Story", "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Alfalfa (Bug Hall) is in love with a little girl named Darla (Brittany Ashton Holmes) and the club he's in (He Man Woman Hating club) attempt to break them up. Mary-Kate and Ashley play two friends of Darla's in this movie. It's a cute little movie that little kids might like. It has some sexist moments, so maybe discuss that with your kids if you let them watch it to let them know that being sexist isn't a good thing.

"The Little Rascals" Movie Trailer

"How The West Was Fun"

"How The West Was Fun" (1994)

Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Starring: The Olsen Twins, Martin Mull, Patrick Cassidy,

Similar Movies: "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West", "Rango", "Back To the Future Three"

This was a really well done kids movie. All the actors are really good, the story is a little different then the rest of their movies, and the girls are still adorable and not just boy crazy (which was a bit annoying in their later movies). Yes it still has the single parent thing in this movie, but it's still pretty good.

Jessica and Suzie and their single dad get a letter of distress from an old family friend of their deceased mother's at a ranch out west. The family travels to the old ranch to see what they can do to help save the ranch from being sold. There are a few jokes in here about how people aren't sure it they should say indian or Native American referring to the one Native American man in the movie, but he takes it in stride and is never offended. It's mostly that the two little girls weren't sure what to say and they ask him, so they weren't being racist they were just being ignorant kids. He is a really great character so I don't think that this movie is racist. Some Native Americans might be offended, so just forewarning to anyone who gets easily offended. Keep in mind he is a good guy and a really good friend to the girls. I'd recommend this to any kid to see. It's cute, it has some light humor, and it makes you want to go stay at a ranch and go horseback riding.

"How the West Was Fun" Part One

"It Takes Two"

"It Takes Two" (1995)

Rating: Four out of five stars

Cast: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenburg

Similar Movies: "The Parent Trap", "Prince and the Pauper"

This may be one of the Olsen twins better movies. It's about a little orphan girl named Amanda (Mary-Kate) who is tough and street smart. She runs into another little girl who looks exactly like her: the rich piano prodigy Alyssa (Ashley). They end up switching places so Amanda can scare away Alyssa's stepmother to be and so Alyssa can have some fun and make friends at the camp Amanda was staying at nearby Alyssa's home. At the same time the girls begin plotting for Alyssa's dad (Steve Guttenburg, "Home for the Holidays") to hook up with Amanda's case worker at the orphanage (Kirstie Alley, "Cheers").

This movie falls into two categories. It's part cutesy kid's movie and part romantic comedy. It actually is a decent movie. I'd recommend it to anyone who has kids or to women who like cute romantic comedies such as "Sleepless in Seattle".

"It Takes Two" Movie Trailer

"Billboard Dad"

"Billboard Dad" (1998)

Rating: Two out of Five stars

Starring: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Tom Amandes

Similar Movies: "The Perfect Man"

"Billboard Dad" is the first movie where the girls' start developing crushes on guys. It's also yet another movie where they have a single parent. I'm not sure why the writers for the Olsen twins movies thought the only way they could have interesting stories is by writing the characters to have single parents. The one movie they have two parents is "Switching Goals".

Anyway this movie is about two girls- Emma and Tess- that have a single dad (Tom Amandes, "Everwood") who won't get over the death of their mom. They live in California and because of this the entire movie centers around California pop culture. The girls devise a plan to get him a girlfriend by painting a billboard with his name and picture. A bunch of women start answering the billboard.

This movie is a little too "Sleepless in Seattle" only with kind of annoying characters. I'm not sure why but the dad, his girlfriend, the agent, the wannabe punk son, the girls, the diving coach, the girls' annoying guy friend who randomly raps stuff all didn't mesh well for me. Their dad was more goofy than as cute as most of the women in this movie acted like he was. If they'd cast it better maybe I would have believed so many women were into him but I really couldn't believe it. The girls' friends are also painful. Especially their guy friend who raps. His rapping is terrible. I guess the rapping was supposed to be hip and to play up that they're in Cali yet it's really obnoxious. The whole California pop culture like skateboarding, surfing, and calling girls Bettys sounded really weird to me. This movie is more like wannabe California cool. It's also creepy that Emma is into their diving coach who's in college and she's maybe just starting middle school. I wasn't quite sure how old the characters were meant to be though. Still, it was a little awkward to me that she was into a college guy. I suppose some girls that age might be into guys that old. There's also an awkward moment where the girls ask their dad if they should give him the safe sex talk. WHAT? Why is that in a kids movie? Overall skip this movie unless you're a die hard Mary-Kate and Ashley fan.

"Billboard Dad" Movie Trailer

"Passport to Paris"

"Passport to Paris" (1999)

Rating: Three out of four Stars

Starring: Peter White ("All My Children"), The Olsens

Similar Movies: "Madeline", "Ratatouille", "Sabrina", "The Pink Panther"

Along with "Switching Goals" this was one of their first movies where their characters had two parents. The parents in this move decide that their daughters Melanie and Alison (Mary-Kate and Ashley) aren't worldly enough and are too focused on their little lives and boys. So they plan a trip for them to stay with their grandpa in Paris during spring break to expand their childrens' lives. The girls are mad because they think their grandpa is too stiff and doesn't like them and they were hoping to go out on dates with some boys from their school during their spring break. They go and are miserable until they meet two french boys and a famous french model who takes them shopping. The two boys show them the real sites of France much to the chagrin of their grandpa's assistant who is meant to be watching over them. Once their grandpa finds out will they get to see their two french crushes again and will their grandpa ever forgive them?

This is a little interesting. I disliked how much the girls hated on going to museums or seeing the tourist stuff in France and instead favored going out with a couple of boys they hardly knew at all. (That's not really advisable especially when you're in a foreign country). Other than that it's not too bad and the boys are pretty cute and way better than the boys the girls liked in the United States who weren't romantic at all. Their clothes are adorable in this movie and the acting is decent. Teens and tweens will likely be able to enjoy this movie if they liked Molly Ringwald's 80's movies.

"Passport to Paris" Movie Trailer

"Switching Goals"

"Switching Goals" (1999)

Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Starring: Eric Lutes, Olsen Twins

Similar Movies: "Her Best Move", "Bend It Like Beckham"

This one actually was pretty good and one of their best movies definitely. It had a similar premise to "It Takes Two", but for once the characters have two parents instead of single parents. Two sisters: Emma (the girly girl) and Sam (the sporty one) have an overbearingly competitive dad (Eric Lutes, "Caroline in the City"). Their mom (Kathryn Greenwood, "Wind at my Back") makes him choose Emma for his soccer team before Sam and one of the other teams chooses Sam. Both girls are miserable on their teams so they switch places to be on the team they want to be on. Will their mom figure out what they've done?

The Olsens' acting in this one is pretty good and their clothes are really adorable. (Seriously most of their movies revolved around being commercial opportunities for their clothes) I'd recommend this for tweens. If you look closely you'll spot a young Michael Cera.

"Switching Goals" Trailer

"Our Lips Are Sealed"

"Our Lips Are Sealed" (2000)

Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Starring: The Olsens, Jim Meskimen

Similar Movies: "Kangaroo Jack"

This is one of the funniest, slapstick style movie they've done probably. Two girls witness a jewel robbery and are forced to be placed in a witness protection program. After several unsuccessful attempts to find a place for them to go their family ends up in Australia.

This was actually a really funny movie. I'd say it's a good comedy movie (not great but it's good). It's similar to "50 First Dates" and "Kangaroo Jack". Tweens and teen girls will likely enjoy this the most. The twins are pretty funny in this. The other actors do a pretty good comedic job too. I liked the part where their dad is a mailman and the second he steps out the door a random dog snarls at him (I have a dog that does this to mailmen and UPS guys so that might be why I really thought it was funny).There's a few dumb moments like what they're eating is nutella and maybe it stereotypes Aussies a bit too much.

"Our Lips Are Sealed" Movie Trailer

"Winning London"

"Winning London" (2001)

Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Starring: Olsen Twins, Jesse Spencer

Similar Movies: "What a Girl Wants", "101 Dalmatians"

Chloe and Riley are invited to participate in a Model U.N. Competition in London. They take in the sites and crush over a couple of English boys.

This is not a realistic movie, yet it's fun and enjoyable. It's better than "Passport to Paris" definitely and has better music. The music is mostly alt rock or punk rock songs. It's also more enjoyable that they have a group of friends instead of just the Olsen twins and a couple of guys. The writing and the acting is pretty good. No one is over the top. It comes off as a teen romantic comedy. I'd recommend this to anyone even if they didn't like the Olsen twins movies that much.

"Winning London" Movie Trailer

"Holiday in the Sun"

"Holiday in the Sun" (2001)

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

Starring: The Olsen Twins, Megan Fox

Similar Movies: "Fool's Gold"

Two girls: Alex and Madison (Ashley and Mary-Kate), go to the Bahamas over their winter break with their parents and come across a man with stolen artifacts. The tropical setting is nice. There's some ridiculous moments but overall it's a solid teen chick flick movie. I wouldn't call it their best, but the acting is fine..

If you pay attention Megan Fox ("Transformers") is in this movie as a stuck up heiress.

"Holiday in the Sun" Movie Trailer

"Getting There"

"Getting There" (2002)

Rating: One out of Five Stars

Starring: Billy Aaron Brown, Olsen Twins, Heather Lindell

Similar Movies: "Crossroads"

Two sisters turn sixteen get their licenses and go on a roadtrip to see the Olypmics. This movie is just obnoxious. It may be one of their worst movies. If you're a die hard fan of theirs' you might like it though.

"Getting There" Movie Trailer

"When In Rome"

"When In Rome" (2002)

Rating: One out of Five Stars

Starring: Olsen Twins, Julian Stone

Similar Movies: "The Lizzie Maguire Movie"

Two girls intern at a business in Rome, they get a second chance then go off exploring with some Italian guys. The best part of this movie is the scenery. The insipid story line with guys who are annoying is a bit painful. I like the music and their style that's about it.

"When In Rome" Movie Trailer

"The Challenge"

"The Challenge" (2003)

Rating: Two out of Five Stars

Starring: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen

Similar Movies: "The Truman Show", "Lovewrecked"

Two estranged sisters end up on a show like Survivor in the hopes of winning a scholarship. This is different then most of the Olsens' movies, yet it doesn't really have much heart. I'd recommend this for teens and people that like reality TV shows.

"The Challenge" Movie Trailer

"New York Minute" (2004)

Rating: Three and a Half Stars out of Five

Starring: Eugene Levy, Olsen Twins, Bob Saget, Jack Osbourne, Simple Plan, Andy Richter, Andrea Martin, Riley Smith, Jared Padalecki, Darrell Hammond, Allanah Ong, Dr. Drew

Similar Movies: "Uptown Girls", "Freaky Friday"

Two sisters, Jane (Ashley) the overachiever and Roxy (Mary-Kate) the rebel, are forced to join forces to get out of some bad situations. This doesn't seem as bad as how many people made it out to be on it's release. It's not deep or meaningful. It's a comedy with two interesting characters. I'd recommend this to teens and young women.

"New York Minute" Movie Trailer

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