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The Amazing Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cute and educational mysteries.

Movie G 2000 90 minutes
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The famous "Trench Coat Twins" bring their investigative skills to three adventures, and take their viewers on a fun tour of some nifty locations. At Sea World, Mary-Kate and Ashley get to participate in the dolphin show, and their investigation leads them through the park attractions. Even better is their trip to Space Camp, where they meet Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean, and go through a basic training program on zero-gravity space simulators. Kids and parents will be entertained by this mystery's resolution, and they'll be impressed by the space footage. The twins' last adventure is less educational than the "Space Camp" case, but it does paint a pretty picture of vacation life in Honolulu.

Each of the episodes is spirited and funny, and shows off the twins at their cutest. While occasionally a lame musical number breaks out, in general the plots intrigue young viewers, and may even teach them something. A fine choice for young mystery lovers and Olsen fans.

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