If you are a hardcore Mary-Kate and Ashley fan (or a child of the 90s), it is safe to assume that you grew up watching the pair fight villains, find love, enter the witness protection program and solve ANY crime by dinner time. If you didn’t, you have a decade of quality films and award winning performances to catch up on. To make your life easier, here is a compiled list and brief plot summaries of the best MK and A movies of all time.
For some reason, Mary-Kate and Ashley are often motherless in their films, and Billboard Dad is no exception. Their pressing desire for their single dad to find love sets the twins off on a matchmaking conquest, one which involves a series of guerrilla graffiti acts and sneaky planning. Shocked at the vast amount of replies their billboard dating ad receives, their father reluctantly agrees to go on an arranged blind date. Lo and behold, he finds love! But no Olsen twin movie has a plot line this straightforward, so before they all live happily ever after, the sisters have to expose their father’s bad business partner, make peace with their future step-brother, and find crushes for themselves. It’s all in a day’s work when you’re MK and A!
After witnessing a ~jewel robbery~ one afternoon, the twins are forced to testify against the organized crime gang who committed the act. To ensure their safety, “Abby” and “Maddy” are placed into the FBI’s Witness Protection Program. Unfortunately, the girls are such blabbermouths that they are constantly blowing their cover and are ultimately relocated to the most desolate place on earth- Australia! While down under the pair fall in love with two *misunderstood* surfies, who finally find out their real identity but like them anyway. The sisters also successfully escape the wrath of the two gangsters who were sent overseas to find them, and everyone lives happily ever after. HOW DO THEY DO IT!?
3. It Takes Two
One of the twin’s earliest feature films, It Takes Two is perhaps still one of their best. “Amanda”, played by MK, and “Alyssa”, played by A, are two complete strangers who randomly meet in a forest after both running away from their respective homes. Amanda is an orphan who is about to be adopted by the child-hating family the “Butkises”, while Alyssa has discovered that her father is to marry an evil socialite. While exchanging sob stories in the bushes, the non-related twins decide to switch places for awhile. Once they experience life in each others worlds, they realize that Amanda’s case worker is a perfect mate for Alyssa’s father. Putting their matchmaking skills to work once again, they arrange meetings between the two adults and the pair finally fall in love. The unrelated sisters finally become real sisters, and everyone gets a family!!!!
MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRIME SCENE AGAIN!? Is it just me or do these girls have the worst luck? While holidaying in the Bahamas, the twins find themselves in the midst of an artifacts smuggling scandal. Naturally, the local police are useless and it is up to “Madison” and “Alex” to restore all peace and clear the wrongly accused “Jordan” (who Alex has a serious crush on) from his involvement in the crime. Before all is well again, the girls must face “Brianna” (played by a very young Megan Fox) who is singlehandedly trying to sabotage Alex and Jordan’s relationship. Like all Olsen movies, the twins finally end up with the boys who find their down-to-earth charm ~irresistible~.
An often under appreciated Mary-Kate and Ashley film, How The West Was Fun is a personal favourite of mine. In this film the girls yet again live only with their father, and at the plea of their godmother Natty, make a trip to her dude ranch to help save it from foreclosure. Upon arriving at the ranch the girls discover that Natty’s son, Bart, is the one driving tourists away from the business so he can sell the land to developers who want to build a theme park (naturally). After many failed attempts at revealing Bart’s ~evil plan~ the twins finally convince Natty of his destructive ways. In the end, the ranch is saved and Bart is shoved down the river in a canoe. Another victory for the Olsen twins!
What’s your fave Olsen twin movie?