Movies + TV

A Complete Guide to the Olsen Twins’ Movies

A decade’s worth of matchmaking, switcheroos, and worldwide double trouble.


What twinless person hasn’t at some point wondered what it would be like to have an identical sibling? Swapping places for a day, blaming every misdeed on your genetic double, inventing Facebook—the potential for hijinks is limitless when there are two of you.

That fantasy was at the heart of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s popularity in the ’90s and early ’00s. The Olsens twins are fraternal, not identical, twins, but they looked enough alike to share the role of Michelle Tanner on ABC’s Full House from 1987 to 1995. Mary-Kate and Ashley (never Ashley and Mary-Kate!) parlayed their cuteness into a series of straight-to-video movies and two theatrical releases that allowed their young fans to live vicariously through the globetrotting sisters and their preternatural ability to get every cute guy fall in love with them in less than a week.

What follows is a guide to Mary-Kate and Ashley’s movies, with special attention paid to recurring twin tropes, as well as evidence of some bizarre racial, cultural, gender-based, and other stereotypes that you probably never noticed. I’ll be using a Michelle Tanner Catchphrase rating system—the movies that still hold up after all of these years get a “You got it, dude!” and the not-so-good ones get “This is nuts.”

grandmothers houseTo Grandmother’s House We Go (1992)
For Christmas, kindergarteners Sarah (Mary-Kate) and Julie (Ashley) want to give their hard-working single mother some alone time so, without telling anyone, they decide to visit their great-grandmother.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Searching for the girls brings the twins’ mother together with a sleazy wannabe cowboy who was initially repulsed by the thought of dating a woman with kids.
Twin Tropes, Apparent Twin Truisms, and Assorted Twin Shenanigans: The “older” one callously throws their one-minute age difference in her “younger” sister’s face as a way of asserting her superiority.
Evidence of Bizarre Racial/Cultural/Gender-Based/Etc. Stereotypes: They drop chicken bones into a black street performer’s saxophone case.
Michelle Tanner Rating: You got it, dude! Even though the twins don’t know exactly where their great-grandmother lives and aren’t allowed to cross the street on their own, they actually make it to Grandma Mimi’s house unscathed! These industrious little girls are certainly an inspiration to me, and cameos by Full House cast members Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, and Candace Cameron Bure throw it over the top.

double doubleDouble, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
In this, the Citizen Kane of the Olsen twins oeuvre, seven-year-olds Kelly (Mary-Kate) and Lynn (Ashley) try to break a spell cast by their aunt Agatha, a wicked witch. If they succeed, they’ll be able to free Agatha’s twin, Sophia, from the parallel mirror world that she was banished to years ago.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: If they succeed, Sophia will be reunited with her boo.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: Agatha and Sophia exemplify the evil twin/good twin binary and are played by one actress (Cloris Leachman).
Evidence of Bizarre Stereotypes: One of the characters, played by a little person, Phil Fondacaro, uses a bouquet of balloons to float into the air.
Michelle Tanner Rating: You got it, dude! The back of the DVD case promises a “witches’ brew of family fun,” and let me tell you, this movie delivers. It’s brimming with Full House-era Olsen-twins precociousness AND a few people get turned into turtles, which doesn’t happen enough in modern cinema. This is Mary-Kate and Ashley’s magnum opus.

how the westHow the West Was Fun (1994)
Jessica (Mary-Kate) and Suzy (Ashley) help Natty, their deceased mom’s godmother, save her dude ranch from being turned into an amusement park by her greedy son, Bart.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: They don’t feel comfortable with their father dating, so they actually try to stop him from starting a relationship with Laura, a rodeo rider.
Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: After eating some night cheese before bed, they share a prophetic dream about a Wild West showdown.
Bizarre Stereotypes: Surprisingly, this one actually features a culturally sensitive moment: When one of the twins asks a dude ranch employee, “Are you an Indian?” the other twin says, “You’re supposed to say ‘Native American.’”
Michelle Tanner Rating: You got it, dude! I know, I know—it doesn’t seem like the West would be that fun but, yeah, it was actually pretty fun.

takes twoIt Takes Two (1995)
Mary-Kate and Ashley play identical strangers—orphan Amanda Lemmon and sophisticated rich girl Alyssa Calloway—in this movie, which ingeniously combines the plots of The Prince and the Pauper and The Parent Trap. Alyssa’s dad, Roger (played by the man, the myth, the chest hair: Steve Guttenberg), is about to marry a conniving devil lady, but the two girls become friends and decide that Amanda’s caseworker, Diane (Kirstie Alley), is a better match.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: They get the adults to fall for each other through some clever switcheroo-ing.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: They are unrelated twins who live within driving distance of each other.
Bizarre Stereotypes: The rich people eat escargot and the poor kids play stickball in an alley—pretty mild stuff.
Michelle Tanner Rating: You got it, dude! I’m determined to find my own doppelgänger, and this movie gives me hope. She could be living right down the street!

billboardBillboard Dad (1998)
Tess (Mary-Kate) and Emily (Ashley) try to find love for their single father by painting a personal ad for him on a billboard.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: They spy on their dad when he goes out on dates, skulking around in corners and hiding behind large plants, assessing each lady he meets.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: In at least one scene, they have bookend hairdos. That is, the twin standing on the left has positioned her ponytail on the left side of her head, and the twin on the right has hers on the right.
Bizarre Stereotypes: One of their dad’s bad dates is a French woman with comedically thick armpit hair.
Michelle Tanner Rating: A scene where Emily daydreams about her 20-something diving coach asking her to the 7th grade dance is enough to warrant a “You got it, dude.”

Passport_to_ParisPassport to Paris (1999)
Melanie (Mary-Kate) and Ally’s (Ashley) parents are sick of listening to their 12-year-old daughters’ juvenile jibber-jabber, so they send them to Paris for spring break, hoping the girls will become worldly (they’re in seventh grade so, you know, it’s about time they grew the hell up!). They stay with their grandfather, who (like most grandfathers) is the ambassador to France. On their first full day in the City of Lights, Melanie and Ally meet a pair of French boys on mopeds who show them the “real Paris.” The two preteen couples engage in a little G-rated Parisian romance. Ooh-la-la.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: They befriend a supermodel at a café and hook her up with their stuffy chaperone, Jeremy.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: They test their suitors—if the boys can’t immediately tell them apart, their relationships were never meant to be nor to survive the remainder of spring break.
Bizarre Stereotypes: During a sightseeing montage, Melanie and Ally play with baguettes in front of the Eiffel Tower; French characters periodically preface their English statements with “How you say…”
Michelle Tanner Rating: You got it, dude! As soon as they get to Paris, one of twins randomly hangs up a Wyclef Jean poster in their bedroom; I don’t know how anyone could not love a movie where that happens.

goalsSwitching Goals (1999)
Sporty Sam (Mary-Kate) and prim Emma (Ashley) swap places when Emma is drafted to play on a soccer team that is more competitive than her sister’s.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Deactivated.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: “Em, we’re identical twins,” Sam says. “Being able to pull off a switch is our birthright.”
Bizarre Stereotypes: When the town’s men learn that the soccer league is going coed, one dude says, “Girls bring a whole other component to the game. Tears…fashion…their moms.”
Michelle Tanner Rating: I watched this last year, when there were plenty of other shows and movies on TV that I could have been enjoying. Would I make that same decision again? You got it, dude. (Also, an 11-year-old Michael Cera is in this movie for like five seconds and he’s brilliant.)

sealedOur Lips Are Sealed (2000)
After accidentally thwarting a jewel heist, Maddie (Mary-Kate) and Abby (Ashley) are placed in the FBI’s Witness Protection program and eventually settle with their parents in Australia. Overcome with paranoia, teetering on the very edge of sanity, they spend their days in agony, fearing retaliation by a notorious crime family. Just kidding! The unflappable duo works really hard to get into the popular clique at their new Australian school and then they meet some cute surfer boys. At one point, Abby goes surfing and comes out of the water completely dry.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Deactivated.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: They occasionally speak in unison; they have the same dream.
Bizarre Stereotypes: The movie is set in Australia so boomerangs are thrown, Vegemite is consumed, and the girls have a pet kangaroo.
Michelle Tanner Rating: You got it, dude!

Winning-LondonWinning London (2001)
Chloe (Mary-Kate) and Riley’s (Ashley) Model United Nations team travels to London for a conference. Chloe ends up learning how to curb her competitiveness and both girls find out what it’s like to kiss a boy while cruising down the Thames. But do they win London? Spoiler: They totally win London.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Deactivated.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: They’re both able to find love interests almost simultaneously.
Bizarre Stereotypes: They interact with a cockney cab driver who speaks in comically impenetrable rhyming slang.
Michelle Tanner Rating: You got it, dude—this one made me wish that there were a Model UN for adults that I could join, but I guess that would just be the UN.

holidayHoliday in the Sun (2001)
In their most challenging roles as young actresses, Mary-Kate and Ashley play two girls who go to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and kiss boys. Megan Fox makes her film debut as the girls’ nemesis.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Deactivated.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: They debate the merits of idiomatic proverbs and decide that it is indeed possible to have your cake and eat it too.
Bizarre Stereotypes: The population of the Bahamas is predominately black, but there are only a handful of black people in this movie. When they do get screen time, they’re in static images that are nonsensically interspersed throughout a chase scene.
Michelle Tanner Rating: This is nuts—it’s basically an 87-minute commercial for the Atlantis resort.

When in RomeWhen in Rome (2002)
Charli (Mary-Kate) and Leila (Ashley) land a six-week fashion internship in Rome. When they aren’t sorting mail, making espresso, or getting fired (they’re fired twice but don’t seem terribly fazed by it), they’re flirting with boys and tossing pizza dough up in the air because “when in Rome,” right?
Twin Matchmaking Powers: They encourage their internship coordinator to date the head of the company they’re working for.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: This groundbreaking representation of twindom is mostly devoid of twin clichés. The other characters are even able to tell the girls apart.
Bizarre Stereotypes: “Women and shopping…it never ends,” one astute male intern opines. Plus, the pizza tossing.
Michelle Tanner Rating: From time to time, the camera slowly and inexplicably bobs up and down. Do they think if they move the camera around all willy-nilly no one will notice that half of these Olsen twins movies have the same plot? This is nuts, for sure.

getting thereGetting There (2002)
Six months after turning sweet 16, Kylie (Mary-Kate) and Taylor (Ashley) hop into their brand-new Ford Mustang with some friends and try to get to Salt Lake City, where the Winter Olympics are being held.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Deactivated.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: The girls are polar opposites—Taylor is high-strung and Kylie is…low-strung?
Bizarre Stereotypes: I’ve never met a male teenage surfer, but according to this movie they aren’t especially clever, saying things like “I have to make like Columbus and discover a taco joint” or (when disembarking a private jet) “I feel like Kid Rock.”
Michelle Tanner Rating: I would’ve given the movie a “This is nuts” (with an 85-minute run time, it’s about 70 minutes too long!) if it weren’t for an Easter egg I discovered after watching it. According to IMDb, Kylie and Taylor’s last name is Hunter, which is also the last name of Charli and Leila from When in Rome. Therefore, according to me, the four girls are actually quadruplets, making this movie a whole lot more interesting and deserving of a “You got it, dude!”

challengeThe Challenge (2003)
Shane (Mary-Kate) and Lizzie (Ashley) are estranged twin sisters who wind up competing on a Survivor-esque reality game show.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Deactivated.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: One sister is a hippie and the other is really uptight. Mary-Kate and Ashley were really dedicated to exploring this dynamic.
Bizarre Stereotypes: This may be the only movie without one!
Michelle Tanner Rating: This is nuts. When the most exciting moment in a movie is realizing that one of the actors played Larry Beale on Even Stevens, something has gone terribly wrong.

new_york_minuteNew York Minute (2004)
Roxy (Mary-Kate) is the freewheeling, rebellious sister to (Ashley’s) straight-laced Jane; both end up in Manhattan (Roxy plans on crashing a music video shoot, Jane is competing for a prestigious scholarship), where they dodge a strangely gung-ho truant officer (Eugene Levy) and a low-level crook (Andy Richter). Are twins just statistically more likely to find themselves in the midst of some misadventure? Oddly, I hear that triplets lead relatively calm lives.
Twin Matchmaking Powers: Deactivated.
Twin Tropes/Truisms/Shenanigans: Once again, they’re polar opposites—Jane is mistaken for Roxy; Roxy assumes Jane’s identity.
Bizarre Stereotypes: Andy Richter’s character speaks with a weird, non-specific Asian accent (his adoptive mother is Chinese) and his dialogue is often accompanied by the sound of a gong. In a Harlem beauty salon we get a hip-hop makeover montage that begins with a close-up of the black women in the shop shaking their booties.
Michelle Tanner Rating: This is Mary-Kate and Ashley’s last movie together, and watching it is EXACTLY like watching the Beatles’ 1969 rooftop concert—it’s the bittersweet coda to a seminal body of work. Is the storytelling in this or any other Olsen twins movie exceptional? Aside from Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, which may be an actual masterpiece, the answer is obviously no. But these movies are harmless twin-themed escapist fantasies, complete with world-traveling 12-year-olds and mega-happy endings. New York Minute is the apotheosis of everything that’s fun and kind of bizarre about an Olsen-twins movie, and for that it gets a “You got it, dude.” ♦


  • Chloe22 July 19th, 2013 3:57 PM

    Winning London….oh gosh. For a year my family had VCR player, so we were the only ones at the thrift shop half buried searching for weird movies. My little sister specifically hoarded them. For instance: Did you know, that along with Aladdin, there is an Aladdin 2? Mind blown yet? Well, apparently there’s also an Aladdin three. And my sister had all of them. Along with these fine (?) films, Winning London was one of our favorites. I remember the preview part was almost completely taken over by Mary-Kate and Ashley products. lol

    • soretudaaa July 19th, 2013 6:26 PM

      ALADDIN 2: THE RETURN OF JAFAR. It was an awesome movie, too.

  • KatGirl July 19th, 2013 4:06 PM

    Very nice! In the one for “The Challenge”, though, it says “One is a hippie and the other” without finishing the sentence. The rest is awesome, though, really funny! And just today my riding teacher said “You got it, dude!” and asked me if I had ever watched Full House XD

  • Imogen_Miss_Tutu July 19th, 2013 4:11 PM

    I watched basically all the Olsen twins movies as a kid and I loved them! These girls were my role models and made me believe being a teenager was all about driving cars and going on adventures. Now that I’m 16, I’m awfully disappointed. Actually, that’s not true! I’m happy I’m not a stereotypical “American girl”. Plus, all these misadventures aren’t as fun without a twin!

    Thanks Amber for this nostalgic reviews! I couldn’t agree more. (Except for the Challenge review. I loved that movie sooo much :P )

  • caro nation July 19th, 2013 4:18 PM

    This is the most impressive thing I have ever read.

  • decemberflower July 19th, 2013 4:27 PM

    Personally, I am partial to “The Amazing Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley” in which they “solve crimes before dinnertime.” I watched that one over and over again when I was little and I remember seeing one of these other movies and being sorely disappointed.

    It’s the jam.

  • Abby July 19th, 2013 4:28 PM


  • EvaLavender July 19th, 2013 4:33 PM

    I’m 17 and I still love all of these! My favorites were New York Minute, It Takes Two, and Switching Goals.

  • Ree July 19th, 2013 4:41 PM

    I watched Two of a Kind for the first time in about 6 years today so this is a crazy co-incidence!

  • Monroe July 19th, 2013 4:47 PM

    Ehhh… I’m not a big fan of what you’ve done here with this rating of political correctness.

  • kelsey July 19th, 2013 5:13 PM

    “…it’s the bittersweet coda to a seminal body of work.” HAHA! I had the Mary-Kate and Ashley barbies and was a big fan of their detective series. Who could have resisted songs that went, “Mummies have mommies/to hug them when they’re cold./Mummies have mommies/they’re just very, very old”?

  • ShockHorror July 19th, 2013 5:22 PM

    Thom Tuck, on radio 4, had a show called ‘Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD’ and the full series had a run round of the Olsen twins’ films.

    It was a very funny listen.

  • greenie July 19th, 2013 5:22 PM

    I used to be a big fan of the olsen twins, when i was obsessed with wanting to be a twin. my favourite movie are it takes two and billboard dad. ah.

  • stephaniemarie July 19th, 2013 5:56 PM

    “It Takes Two” was one of my all-time childhood favorites… I dreamed of having a cool twin! Now I’m married to an identical twin and have to say… they are so weird! They have some magical ability to be the same person, think the same thoughts, have the same soul… yikes!

  • heartshapedbox July 19th, 2013 6:14 PM

    I used to have, like, three of the “You’re Invited” series and two of their movies on VHS. Actually, I still do, but sadly the Mall of America one (my favourite) no longer works :(((((

  • MabelEnchanted July 19th, 2013 6:37 PM

    Oh this post has filled me with nostalgia! I’ve had many ‘obsessions’ in my time and one of them was the Olsen twins. I think I’ve seen all these films 10 times (okay, that may be an exaggeration).

  • rhymeswithorange July 19th, 2013 6:47 PM

    This is important, groundbreaking analysis.

  • amyhodkin July 19th, 2013 6:48 PM

    … I didn’t even realise they had so many movies … I’m stunned! Wow, they really were shoved into it when they were young huh. I’m a twin and it’s nice knowing I’ll always have someone in my life who just gets me. It’s never lonely!

  • ucwcsch July 19th, 2013 7:24 PM

    can i just say, also for horrible stereotypes, that in passport to paris they “aren’t supposed to drink the water in france” because it is UNCLEAN. they are in FRANCE, which is definitely a first world country with a well developed water cleaning system.

  • Dylan July 19th, 2013 7:28 PM


  • jesus_chan July 19th, 2013 7:40 PM


    *fangirls in a corner over my childhood*


  • Ladymia69 July 19th, 2013 8:01 PM

    I just have to say, introducing a generation of smart teen girls to the mind-melting tripe that is Olsen-twin entertainment, and forcible child-acting in general, is just kind of disappointing.

  • Imaginary Melissa July 19th, 2013 8:33 PM

    I remember in elementary school I read all of the Mary-Kate and Ashley books my library had. From The New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley to So Little Time series. One of my sisters and I even chose who we were. She was Mary-Kate and I was Ashley. Which worked out because she was kind of sporty and I was more reserved. Is it weird being nostalgic at people who are older than you?

  • Holly July 19th, 2013 8:40 PM

    I squealed when I saw this post! I LOVED Mary Kate and Ashley when I was a little kid! I was born with a hole in my heart so I used to have to go to the hospital all the time to get it looked at and my mom would bribe me to be good by buying me Mary Kate and Ashley movies after my appointments! lol “It Takes Two” was my favorite! By the way did anyone else notice that in “Our Lips are Sealed”, the antogonist’s last name is “Achoo” and he’s from a country called “Urugli”? lol that movie is nuts.

  • Sophie ❤ July 19th, 2013 8:58 PM

    I. Love. This. All I can say…

  • Monroe July 19th, 2013 9:03 PM

    Was I the only one who thought they looked exactly like Draco Malfoy when they dressed as boys in winning London? You know, the part where they claimed Lord Voldemort was their dad?

  • Lorelei July 19th, 2013 9:05 PM

    I didn’t reallly watch their movies as a kid so when i was little I actually thought that it was, Mary, Kate, and Ashley, like there were three of them. I wonder what they’re doing these days. Gonna go google them.

  • rhymeswithcat July 19th, 2013 9:33 PM

    Please tell me someone else also obsessed over their short-lived show, Two of a Kind. I can still recite the lines of every episode by heart.

    • kathryn-s July 23rd, 2013 12:48 AM

      Didn’t they also have a show called So Little Time? Also, remember Amanda Bynes in What I Like About You?? Crazy.

  • Jessisjess July 19th, 2013 11:17 PM

    this is just the best thing ever. making me super reminscent of the days i had major fights with my friends of which twin we were most like. ( i was always MK. always)

  • nizmocat July 19th, 2013 11:27 PM

    Oh my gosh, I LOVED Mary-Kate and Ashley! I’ve watched all of these except some of the earlier ones and their books were all I read when I was younger omggg I was so obsessed

    It’s great reminiscing about stuff like this but also sad :( they really peaked young, huh..

  • thenoisythinker July 19th, 2013 11:30 PM

    This is absolutely genius!!! I’m a huge fan of then Olsen twins since I have a twin (fraternal though) I think I’m going to go watch all of these movies now <3

  • cassiekils July 20th, 2013 12:20 AM

    i love how the “new york minute” poster is in german. (is that german? i think its german)

  • cheyennemarie64 July 20th, 2013 1:15 AM

    you forgot the one where they go to sea world!!! the mystery solving series!!! and the ones that were musicals and they had sleepovers and stuff

  • Miarele July 20th, 2013 3:11 AM

    WHAT. I never knew that Mary-Kate and Ashley are not identical twins. ALL MY LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE.

  • Jean July 20th, 2013 1:18 PM

    “it’s the bittersweet coda to a seminal body of work” is probably the best descriptor of anything I have ever heard of in my entire life, and made me laugh for about 30 straight seconds. I’m 18 and Scottish, and only ever caught glimpses of a few episodes of their TV programme, so I’ve actually made today a Mary Kate and Ashley film marathon and hella enjoying it.

    Thanks! :D

  • trassel July 21st, 2013 2:27 PM

    I remember watching “it takes two” when I was 11 and obsessed with “the parent trap”. I was a bit confused about them, and I think I balieved that “the parent trap” was a remake of “it takes two” somehow…

    • maxrey July 22nd, 2013 5:31 AM

      When I saw the preview for the Lindsay Lohan version of Parent Trap they said “a remake of a beloved classic” and I screamed “IT TAKES TWO!” I was clearly up on my “beloved classics.” ;)

  • Brodieburgers July 21st, 2013 9:08 PM

    I love Mary Kate and Ashley movies. The only one that I haven’t watched is How the West was fun. I use to get excited about waiting for the next film to come.

  • ohclemence July 22nd, 2013 4:43 AM

    My best friend actually still has a play station 2 game called Sweet 16: License to Drive which we played all the time when we were little. I may have paid her a visit last weekend and erm, relived that childhood memory…

    Also, lets not forget that in Our Lips Are Sealed practically ALL of the Australian girls are called Sheila.

  • maxrey July 22nd, 2013 5:29 AM

    I spent the majority of my childhood pretending that I was Mary Kate & Ashley’s younger sister, so this made me laugh. Hard.

    Also, please tell me I’m not the only one who still sings the “P-I-Z-Z-A” song from You’re Invited when I eat pizza?

    • Holly July 23rd, 2013 3:24 AM

      You’re definitely not the only one! I sing that song all the time. I have every single one of the “You’re Invited” videos lol

  • photi July 22nd, 2013 6:22 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA this article has brought back SO MANY MEMORIES. I live in australia so when when i knew the twins were in the country for some publicity thing, i used to dream that they’d walk up my suburban street, ring my doorbell and ask me to come hang out with them.
    I was also obsessed with the two of a kind book series and New York Minute. I remember reading one of their books from the ‘sweet 16′ series and it had the word ‘sex’ in it. I got so scared that my mum would find out, that i got a black marker, crossed it out, then shoved it behind my bed so my mum couldn’t ever find the book (i think i was 8)

  • wallflower152 July 22nd, 2013 10:09 AM

    Ahhhh! I loved Mary-Kate and Ashley! I watched a lot of these movies but my favorites were the detective series. “We’ll solve any crime by dinnertime.” I just wiki’ed it and I owned almost all of them haha. They get a call about an urgent mystery and ride their bikes across the country and solve a mystery which turns out to be pretty Scooby-Doo-ish in the way that it turns out to be something harmless like a lady in beekeeper clothes mistaken for a ghost haha. Then the You’re Invited series which I only owned like two or three. My cousin was a few months younger than me and people always used to think we were twins and we loved it! Haha thanks for the nostalgia. <3

  • shortiek July 22nd, 2013 7:03 PM

    You forgot the witness protection one: Our Lips are Sealed

    Plot: Mary Kate and Ashley witness a bank robbery and are sent into witness protection program. Unfortunately they’re TERRIBLE at keeping secrets and constantly have to be relocated to various locations around the US, until they run out of places and end up placed in Sydney, Australia.
    After realizing that a famous diamond was placed in one of the girls pocketbooks, the bankrobber gang leader sends two incompetent assassins after the girls. The Oslen twins twart the assassins, hatch a plan to catch the global bank thief, and literally everyone turns up at the end of the movie for the big happy ending beach party.

    Twin matching making powers: Deactivated?
    Twin tropes: Honestly don’t remember
    Weird Stereotype: In Australia, Ashley throws a boomerang to stop the bad guy from escaping on a jet ski. Possibly more…
    Michelle Tanner Rating: “you gotta be kidding!” Of all the olsen movies, this one poked fun at itself the most. Why’s everyone here? For the big happy ending!

  • VagabondZombie July 22nd, 2013 10:38 PM

    This is gold. ;_; The Olsen Twins have been such a huge part of my childhood and just looking back in those days where Full House was probably the awesomest thing that’s ever happened in my life makes me want to cry on the floor aggressively.

  • madame_addie July 23rd, 2013 1:28 AM

    hahahaha this is awesome!

  • livlindsa July 23rd, 2013 2:17 PM

    This made my day.

    So much nostalgia. So many cultural stereotypes I in no way picked up as a 5, 6, 7…8, 9, 10-year-old watching these films day in, day out.

  • Isobel-cat July 23rd, 2013 6:54 PM

    love this! but come on, the most exciting part of The Challenge is when all of the love interests from the past movies return!!!

  • Echo July 23rd, 2013 9:46 PM

    I’m a little disappointed you didn’t mention “You’re Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley’s Favorite Parties”

    Those three short films were part of my childhood (and overall Mary Kate & Ashley obsession) in a big way! I swear I can still hear the soundtrack echoing through the annals of time every now and then…

    • GlitterKitty July 28th, 2013 11:33 AM

      Oh man those movies were amazing. I remember being about 5 or 6 and going to Blockbuster (I know..) to get them. I think I rented the ballet party one about 10 times. I even had the sleepover party CD

  • Monq July 24th, 2013 5:22 PM

    This brings back some many memories of my childhood. Still love these two beautiful ladies, today!


  • tilda July 25th, 2013 8:36 PM

    Fab article, feel like I’ve been waiting for this my whole life ^_^
    You didn’t mention the short musical films they made though, the “You’re Invited To…” series. These are brilliant! Here’s a link to the School Dance Party edition. My favourite bit is the rapping in ‘What’s All The Noise About Boys?’.

  • SweetSarahO July 27th, 2013 5:14 AM

    YES! Growing up I was totally the Ashley and my twin sister Elena was the Mary-Kate. (I am the cute one. She’s just my sister.)

  • megggggggggghan October 15th, 2013 9:42 AM

    I can’t believe I just read this entire thing. And now I want to go watch all of these movies. Double Double Toil and Trouble and Passport to Paris are definitely the creme de la creme of MKA movies.

  • Hailey Mah November 6th, 2013 12:49 AM

    My sister and I just rediscovered an old VCR of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Favorite Parties, and all members of our family still know all the lyrics to the songs by heart. This article is maybe the best thing to happen to me today!