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New York Minute (2004)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 7 May 2004 (USA)
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Two very different twin sisters haven't spent a day together in years. That changes the day they have to go to NYC and everything goes wrong - chased by a truancy officer, a killer wanting a chip back and two nice young guys.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Olsen ... Jane Ryan
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Roxy Ryan
Eugene Levy ... Max Lomax
Andy Richter ... Bennie Bang
Riley Smith ... Jim, The Bike Messenger
Jared Padalecki ... Trey Lipton
Drew Pinsky ... Dr. Ryan (as Dr. Drew Pinsky)
Darrell Hammond ... Hudson McGill
Andrea Martin ... Senator Anne Lipton
Alannah Ong ... Ma Bang
Mary Bond Davis Mary Bond Davis ... Big Shirl
Bob Saget ... Himself
Jack Osbourne ... Justin
Joey Klein ... Truant at Pool
Neil Crone ... Officer Strauss


One day in New York City, as Jane Ryan tries out for an overseas college program and her sister Roxy schemes to meet her favorite punk rockers, a series of mishaps throws their day into chaos. In order for them both to accomplish their goals, the normally adversarial sisters decide to unite against the forces around them. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Anything can change in a New York minute.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sensuality and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York Minute See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,962,106, 9 May 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ashley Olsen's last film See more »


When Roxy and Jane enter the House of Bling, the sewer lid seems to be closed, but when they cut to the scene where Lomax is looking for them, the lid is open. See more »


Roxy Ryan: [gasps]
[worried about Lomax chasing after her]
Roxy Ryan: Lomax!
Jane Ryan: [confused, looking at Roxy] Lomax?
Simple Plan: [mid-song, drumming and even more confused] Lomax?
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Rubberneckin' (Paul Oakenfold Remix - Radio Edit)
Written by Dory Jones and Bunny Warren
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Not as bad as you might think. Honest.
11 July 2004 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Yes, "New York Minute" has taken even less cash at the US box office than "Around the World in 80 Days" (though since this didn't cost $110 million, ultimately Walden Media has the bigger flop on its hands). True, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen aren't going to give Lindsay Lohan (or indeed Dakota Fanning) any sleepless nights as far as acting goes. Indeed, this first big-screen starring vehicle isn't much of an advance from their small-screen ventures. And fair enough, it's aimed very much at a younger female audience. But does all that make this an unbearable movie?

Ultimately, no. From the opening shot of the Warner Bros. Pictures logo set to an electric guitar rearrangement of "As Time Goes By," you know what you're going to get - a shallow but harmless piece of fluff - and you get it. As is often the case with the not-all-that-gruesome twosome (see also "Billboard Dad" and "Two Of A Kind"), one twin - in this case Ashley - is a straight-laced type, the other is more casual and free-spirited. And as is also often the case ("When In Rome," "Winning London" - at least "Our Lips Are Sealed" wasn't called "Mary-Kate And Ashley Down Under"), the plot is an excuse for them to go gallivanting around a tourist-friendly spot, with the one sidetracked from delivering a speech for a spot at McGill University and the other waylaid from skipping school to go to a Simple Plan videoshoot, and everything but the kitchen sink chucked into the plot by writers Emily Fox, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, from mild gross-out gags to a car chase (did I mention the vital microchip the twins get hold of?).

This makes "New York Minute" chaotic sometimes and flirting with stereotypes more often than not (the montage when our heroes wander into a salon staffed by blacks and get a makeover comes off worst - notice how many times the two get to change clothes in one day!), and it's never more than mildly amusing; the "It's time to get sentimental" moments also help make this seem so much like a TV movie that you wouldn't be surprised to hear an announcer say "Coming up after the break, it's 'That's So Raven'..." when the end credits start. Basically, the movie comes off like a decaffeinated take on "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," with Eugene Levy (stealing the movie as a super-dedicated truant officer) playing Jeffrey Jones to Mary-Kate Olsen's Matthew Broderick, but it's never really dull enough to hurt, helped along by an enjoyable (if sometimes overly insistent) score by George S. Clinton, and by the twins themselves. Ignore the plotholes and just go along for the ride; it's forgettable but painless.

By the way, Ashley Olsen (and presumably Mary-Kate as well) has beautiful legs. "Did I just say that out loud?"

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