It Takes Two (1995 film)

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It Takes Two
It takes two.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndy Tennant
Produced byMel Efros
Keith Samples
Written byDeborah Dean Davis
StarringKirstie Alley
Steve Guttenberg
Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Music byRay Foote
Sherman Foote
CinematographyKenneth D. Zunder
Editing byRoger Bondelli
Distributed byWarner Bros. Family Entertainment
(North America)
Rysher Entertainment (International)
Release datesNovember 17, 1995
Running time101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$19,474,589
 
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It Takes Two
It takes two.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndy Tennant
Produced byMel Efros
Keith Samples
Written byDeborah Dean Davis
StarringKirstie Alley
Steve Guttenberg
Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Music byRay Foote
Sherman Foote
CinematographyKenneth D. Zunder
Editing byRoger Bondelli
Distributed byWarner Bros. Family Entertainment
(North America)
Rysher Entertainment (International)
Release datesNovember 17, 1995
Running time101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$19,474,589

It Takes Two is a 1995 film starring Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The movie title was taken from the song "It Takes Two", song by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, which was featured in the closing credits.

It Takes Two boasts some similarities to Walt Disney's The Parent Trap and Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, which was pointed out in Leonard Maltin's review of the film.[1]

Plot[edit]

Two unrelated young girls who happen to look identical suddenly meet. Amanda Lemmon (Mary-Kate Olsen) is an orphan, and she is about to be adopted by the Butkises, a family whom she doesn't like. She actually wants her child-loving case worker Diane Barrows (Kirstie Alley) to adopt her instead. She would like to do so, but authorities will not let her because of her low salary. Alyssa Callaway (Ashley Olsen) is coming home from her boarding school's piano recital competition, only to find that her wealthy father Roger (Steve Guttenberg) is about to marry Clarice Kensington (Jane Sibbett) a socialite who threatens to send her soon-to-be stepdaughter to boarding school in Tibet.

The girls switch places and find out that Roger and Diane would fit together perfectly. So they arrange "chance" meetings with the desired result: they fall in love with each other. After some turbulence, Alyssa (who poses as Amanda) ends up being adopted by the Butkises. She and Diane (while looking for Alyssa) find out the only reason they have adopted so many kids was for them to work in their salvage yard.

When Clarice secretly spies on Roger and Diane, she decides to move up the wedding from the next month to the next day. Roughly two hours before the wedding, Amanda, who poses as Alyssa, proves to the family butler Vincenzo (Philip Bosco) who she really is. Vincenzo summons to have the real Alyssa picked up from the Butkises' salvage yard to stall the wedding. Once she and Diane show up, Roger stops the wedding and tells Clarice that he fell in love with Diane. Furious, she slaps him and prepares to do the same to both Amanda and Alyssa but is stopped by both Vincenzo and Diane. She storms out, embarrassed. Alyssa embarrasses her even more by stepping on her dress, causing the skirt to rip off, revealing her underwear in front of everybody, including people with cameras. Roger and Diane both find out in the end that it was Amanda and Alyssa that arranged all the meetings between the two of them the entire time but it ends happily.

Characters[edit]

Other Characters[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Reception[edit]

Kevin Thomas from Los Angeles Times called It Takes Two "a predictable but fun romp."[4] Roger Ebert called it "harmless and fitfully amusing" with "numbingly predictable" plot and praiseworthy performances and rated it two out of four stars.[5]

The website Parent Previews graded this movie an overall B as a family-friendly film with "only a couple of bad words and a bit of child intimidation from the bad guys," and Rod Gustafson from that website called it "predictable" with a "happy ending" that children can enjoy.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2009), p. 702. Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. ISBN 978-0-452-29557-5. Signet Books. Accessed February 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "Olsen Twins Winners at Kids' Choice." Rocky Mountain News 15 May 1996. HighBeam Research. Web. 11 Feb. 2012 <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-67779470.html>
  3. ^ a b "Seventeenth Annual Youth in Film Awards: 1994-1995." Young Artist Award, 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2012 <http://www.youngartistawards.org/pastnoms17.htm>.
  4. ^ Thomas, Kevin. "A predictable but fun romp." Los Angeles Times 17 Nov. 1995: F2. Web. 08 Feb. 2012 <http://articles.latimes.com/1995-11-17/entertainment/ca-4317_1_mary-kate-olsen>. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger. "It Takes Two." Chicago Sun-Times 17 Nov. 1995. Web. 08 Feb. 2012 <http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19951117/REVIEWS/511170304>.
  6. ^ Gustafson, Rod. "It Takes Two." Parent Previews 03 June 1996. Web. 08 Feb. 2012 <http://parentpreviews.com/movie-reviews/review/it-takes-two#primary>.

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