It Takes Two

on November 17, 1995 by Michael Haile
   A paper-thin, predictable family comedy produced by the screenwriting team of "Three Men and a Baby" and starring the precocious Olsen twins (from TV's "Full House"), "It Takes Two" mixes formulas from "The Prince and the Pauper" and the 1961 Hayley Mills comedy "The Parent Trap." This lightweight feature focuses on the matchmaking adventure of two 10-year-old identical strangers--one rich, one poor--who join to (as the title suggests) make a dream come true.
   Here, true love and lightheaded screenwriting win the day and every-one's fantasies are fulfillled. That is, everyone except audiences looking for a family film that's feel-good but also has some measure of surprise, depth or genuine feeling. Most performances are either bland or downright dim. (Watching the Olsen twins mug for the camera can be tormenting.) Positive messages and strong family values aside, "It Takes Two" plays like an extended and cliche-ridden sitcom weighed down by a spiritless romance (lovers-to-be Steve Guttenberg and Kirstie Alley possess no onscreen chemistry) and slapstick humor only for the very young.    Starring Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Directed by Andy Tennant. Written by Deborah Dean Davis. Produced by James Orr and Jim Cruickshank. A Warner Bros. release. Comedy. Rated PG for some mild language. Running time: 101 min.
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