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It Takes Two

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
It Takes Two Movie Poster Image
Olsens in Prince and the Pauper meets Parent Trap.
  • PG
  • 1995
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie's action is propelled by the main characters' well-meaning deceptions; while it all ends happily, the girls do sneak away from home and camp, steal a horse, and trigger a food fight.

Violence & Scariness

Jilted bride slaps groom, threatens to hit two children.

Sexy Stuff

An engaged man flirts with and nearly kisses a woman who is not his wife. A romantic kiss between adults.


Mild swearing by adults; frequent joking use of phrase "I'm going to kill you."


Elizabeth Arden and Chanel are visible cues of stepmother's materialism.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this lighthearted comedy is predictable from start to finish, but is fine family fare. An orphan is told that she can't be adopted by a single woman because "it's better to have a mother and a father." A soon-to-be stepmother is mean and connives to send her fiance's daughter to boarding school. Kids mock one another about believing in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. Children run away from their homes and summer camps repeatedly.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLaura M. July 21, 2018

Cute movie

Cute movie, with mild language (i.e. “pissed”, “damnit”)
Teen, 13 years old Written byAmericangirlforever August 29, 2010

Jut like the parent trap Love it!

The langue its iffy but I still love it They were great in it 5 out of 5! its just like the parent trap! just like it! defiantly recommend it!
Kid, 11 years old October 3, 2009

cute movie

cute movie i loved it

What's the story?

In IT TAKES TWO, twins Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen play strangers who just happen to look alike and share a penchant for match-making. Amanda Lemmon (Mary-Kate) is a tough cookie; an orphan who fears being adopted by a family she's never met instead of by the woman who loves her like her own daughter, orphanage director Diane Barrows (Kirstie Alley). Her counterpart Alyssa Callaway (Ashley) lives in the lap of luxury with her billionaire father ( Steve Guttenberg), but sees that her father's new fiance is up to no good. The girls meet and hatch a plan to bring Diane and Roger Callaway together, and experience life on the other side of the grass in the process.

Is it any good?

There is nary a plot trick in the movie that hasn't been seen before, and even younger viewers will probably figure out who's going to end up with whom by the end of the second scene. Still, the cast -- particularly Allie and Guttenberg -- put their all into it, and there are genuine laughs as the girls pull the strings to get the grownups to meet. Both Olsen girls fare better when they're not reaching for Alyssa's blue-blood articulation or tawking Brooklyn-tough-guy as Amanda; it comes as a relief when they drop the artifice and are allowed to let their comic chops stand alone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the likelihood of meeting your doppelganger like Alyssa and Amanda do. What would you do if you ran into someone who looked just like you? Is there anyone you know who you'd like to change places with for a day? Why?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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