The first big-screen movie to star the Olsen twins, made when the multi-millionairesses were just nine years old. It’s a twist on The Parent Trap, as a rich girl named Alyssa who lives with her dad (Steve Guttenberg) and orphaned Amanda, who is looked after by a social worker (Kirstie Alley), discover they look alike and agree to swap places for a while. And if they can matchmake the two adults in their lives together, even better.
Both Olsens are enjoyable to watch here, and there are some fun moments with Alley, who displays the comic timing she perfected on Cheers. Adults will note that Guttenberg is miscast as the male romantic lead, but hopefully he’s so wishy-washy and forgettable that the tweenie girls this is aimed at won’t even notice him.
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