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The Challenge

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Olsen twins compete for scholarships in predictable tale.

Movie G 2004 92 minutes
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The quality of the writing and acting in THE CHALLENGE is that of a hastily patched-together after-school TV show. The aim to promote good values notwithstanding, this Olsen twins adventure reads like a list of proper values being ticked off as the plot proceeds. Going to college is good; check. Getting a scholarship is good; check. Saving the planet? Check. There's also a nod to the fact that human nature is sketchy: The twins evolve from petty rivalry to deep familial loyalty, and the producer is ratings-driven and treacherous. (Unlike the twins, he does not redeem himself.) The contrast of the two girls' individual styles offers some amusement: One is a vegetarian yoga practitioner, and the other is a high-powered type-A who can't live without her cell phone and lip gloss. That's about as profound as this gets.

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