The Other Me

Movie review by
Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media
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Disney cloning comedy teaches the importance of integrity.
  • NR
  • 2000
  • 87 minutes

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

Educational Value

Cloning storyline is presented as sci-fi fantasy, but children might be inspired to find out more about the real science.

Positive Messages

The importance of family is a key theme, as is the value of trying your best -- in the context of working hard at school and making an effort with the people you love. A key message throughout is the value of being yourself -- if you're open and honest, people will like you for who you are.

Positive Role Models

Will is presented as a bit of a slacker -- lazy, selfish, and arrogant -- but deep down he's a good kid who by the end of the movie sees his shortcomings and wants to better himself. Will's clone Twoie is open, honest, and cheerful, showing an innocence and enthusiasm that helps him to make friends and bond with his sister and the school tough kid. Chuckie is a loyal, caring friend. Will's parents are supportive and loving. 

Violence & Scariness

Small explosion. Young character has a sack thrown over their head and is carried off by the baddies. They're then tied to a chair and briefly gagged. Mild peril when teen characters are hiding from the bad guys, but the action is diluted by slapstick mishaps. Young character is restrained by the baddies but soon rescued with more slapstick action.

Sexy Stuff

Some flirting and one gentle kiss between teens. A teen is seen with their top off.


Some name-calling, including "doofus."


The bad guys are driven by greed to make their fortunes through "hypercloning."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Other Me is a Disney TV movie comedy about a teenager who accidentally clones himself, containing largely wholesome characters, clownish baddies, and positive messages. The main character Will (Andrew Lawrence) is a teenage slacker and opportunist, but is fundamentally a good kid from a loving family. His clone Twoie is delightfully silly with an innocent enthusiasm who ultimately helps Will be a better person. The importance of family is a key theme as is the value of being yourself. There is mild peril -- a character has a sack thrown over them before being tied to a chair and gagged -- but the bad guys are more slapstick than sinister. There is minor flirting between teens, which culminates in a kiss. The movie is based Mary C. Ryan's book, Me Two.

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What's the story?

In THE OTHER ME, arrogant teenager Will Browning (Andrew Lawrence) is facing a summer of boot camp unless he can improve his grades at school. In an effort to dupe his parents into thinking he's working hard, he chooses what he thinks will be an easy science project but instead accidentally makes a clone of himself. When "Will 2," or "Twoie," turns out to be sweet, chirpy, and a super-fast learner, Will sends him to school in his place, unaware that the scientists who invented the cloning formula are plotting to kidnap Twoie for experimentation.

Is it any good?

Keep your expectations in check and you will probably be pleasantly surprised by this family-friendly Disney Channel comedy from the year 2000. Despite a few labored scenarios, several plot flaws, and some high-level cringe moments dotted throughout, The Other Me is fun, warm, and relatable. The concept is pretty silly and the comedy is corny with a heavy reliance on slapstick. But kids will still be giggling throughout.

Special effects are limited, but the scenes featuring Will and Twoie together are seamless, and Lawrence does a pretty good job of playing two characters at once. Although neither are especially nuanced, there is at least enough distinction between them that you fully believe in both. Overall the tone is undeniably positive and there is a certain tenderness to the coming-of-age theme as Will sees the better person he could become. Indeed, we could all benefit from a dose of Twoie's charming, wide-eyed innocence, and his belief in being open, honest, and genuine -- and dancing like no one's watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kind of role models Will and Twoie make in The Other One. What are each of their character strengths, and what are their flaws? Who do you like better and why?

  • Talk about the key theme of being open and honest and not pretending you're something you're not. Do you agree with Twoie that if you just be yourself then people will like you for who you are?

  • Talk about the ethics of cloning in the context of this movie. Is it wrong for Will to allow people to believe that he is Twoie? When might this situation become problematic?

  • Both Will and Twoie are played by the same actor. Can you think of any other movies where one actor has played multiple roles? What challenges do you think they face when taking on such roles?

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