Reviewer's Rating 2 out of 5   User Rating 3 out of 5
New York Minute DVD (2004)

America's sweethearts Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attempted global takeover with their feature film debut New York Minute, an "overcooked sugar rush of a movie" about twin sisters (natch) who get into scrapes on a visit to The Big Apple. Sadly, for the Olsens, few people were willing to sacrifice 87 minutes of their lives for this pap.

Sister Act

"I learned to drive a stick," boasts Mary-Kate (or Ashley, who knows?) in a typically fluffy 'making of' featurette. Of course the sisters' extraordinary ability to act like planks in front of the camera is not discussed here. Instead director Dennie Gordon goes overboard with gushing sentiment, warning, "Look out Drew and Cameron: here they come!" Perhaps Ms Barrymore and Ms Diaz will be good enough to point them to the exit?

New York Minute DVD Meanwhile, co-star Eugene Levy reveals Jack Osbourne's tendency to laugh in the middle of takes for no apparent reason, adding with a stern edge, "It was refreshing because normally people don't do that". This phenomenon is evidenced in a three-minute blooper reel - the only thing vaguely funny between lots of girlish giggling.

Double Trouble

Two alternate endings emphasise the hodgepodge approach to making this movie. Both versions are equally clumsy in the attempt to tie up loose ends and also heavy on the hugs and cloying utterances of "I love you, sis!" etc. Look out Mary-Kate and Ashley: here comes lunch!

A photo gallery and theatrical trailer wraps it up for this lightweight DVD, which you're likely to forget within about minute of, uh... sorry, what were we talking about?

EXTRA FEATURES

  • Two alternative endings
  • In A New York Minute - 'making of' featurette
  • Behind the scenes slide show
  • Blooper reel
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Technical Information

    REGION SOUND MENUS RATIO
    2 Dolby Digital 5.1 Animated, with music 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
    CHAPTERS SUBTITLES AUDIO TRACKS
    23 English, Hebrew, Arabic English
    CAPTIONS EXTRAS SUBTITLES CERTIFICATE
    English The special features are subtitled PG

    End Credits

    Director: Dennie Gordon

    Writer: Emily Fox, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage

    Stars: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Eugene Levy, Andy Richter, Jared Padalecki, Riley Smith

    Genre: Comedy

    Length: 90 minutes

    Cinema: 30 July 2004

    DVD: 14 February 2005

    Country: USA