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Running Time:
93 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild sensuality and thematic elements

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
At 93 minutes, this “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" knock-off is 92 minutes too long. Only teenagers and horny old men will possibly enjoy this one.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Behind-the-scenes slide show; Making-of featurette; Two alternate endings; Bloopers.

New York Minute
The Olsens play the suburban high school kids of widowed gynecologist Dr. Ryan (Drew Pinsky). They're totally dissimilar, of course. Jane (Ashley) is the up-tight bookworm, her life carefully organized, who’s about to go to New York City to deliver a speech that could win her a prestigious scholarship to Oxford University. Roxy (Mary-Kate) is a messy slacker more interested in her band than school, who’s ditched class many times (like Ferris) and is also sneaking off to the Big Apple to sell her promo disc to the bigwigs attending a video shoot by Simple Plan. They reluctantly wind up together on the train to the city, and before long they’re being followed by two comic villains. Max Lomax (Eugene Levy), the local truant cop, is on Roxy’s trail and will stop at nothing to catch her at long last; meanwhile Bennie Bang (Andy Richter), a dumb crook, is pursuing Jane, in whose bag a micro-chip containing pirated music and movies has been tossed in order to keep it from falling into the hands of the police. Most of the film is devoted to lame sequences in which the reluctantly-joined duo elude one or another of the pursuers. But there are other characters whom they also bump into with disturbing regularity, considering that they’re scampering around a city of many millions. Two are the guys whom they’re obviously predestined to link up with: dark-haired, fashionably scruffy Trey Lipton (Jake Padalecki), who happens to be the son of a U.S. senator (Andrea Martin), for Roxy, and smiling blond Jim (Riley Smith), a straight-arrow bike messenger, for Jane. And a harried businessman (Darrell Hammond), whom the pair harass over and over again, and who turns out to play an absurd deus ex machina role at the finale. There’s also a little dog, belonging to Senator Lipton, that swallows the micro-chip, giving rise to the obligatory potty humor that seems to find its way into every movie for youngsters these days. Nothing much goes right in "New York Minute" and the script piles on coincidence after coincidence, and to make matters worse, the girls’ actions are so thoroughly irresponsible that they should make any parent’s hair stand on end. Director Dennie Gordon paces the film frenetically, but that can’t conceal the weakness of the script. The Olsens play everything with that sitcom-style intensity that quickly grows annoying, and since they’re onscreen almost constantly, the irritation level is pretty high. Eugene Levy, Smith and Padalecki are all rather bland, while Hammond and Martin overdo things atrociously, but they all look positively brilliant beside Andy Richter, who’s compelled not only to act the complete buffoon but also to affect an awful faux Chinese accent (as a white guy who claims to be the “adopted first son,” Charlie-Chan style, of a Chinese grande dame). Perhaps none of this will matter to the many fans of the Olsens, whose support ever since “Full House” has made the girls enormously popular and wealthy despite their miniscule talents.

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