A movie about two doppelgangers that is ironically a doppelganger itself. It Takes Two mimics another family-oriented film in almost every shape and form. Let’s take a look at a few plot points. Two identical young girls meet at a summer camp and conspire to play matchmakers to their parents. The father is currently engaged to a snotty rich woman. The girl is close to the butler. Does any of this sound familiar? It should. All of these things can also be found in Disney’s Parent Trap. There are differences, of course. For instance, the girls aren’t actually twins, just doppelgangers, but there are too many connections here to merely call it all coincidence. Right down to the summer camp meeting…really? Let’s take a look at how IMDb summarizes the plot.
Alyssa (a rich girl) and Amanda (an orphan) are two little girls who are identical, but complete strangers, that accidentally meet one day. In an attempt to stop Alyssa’s father from getting married to Clarice, a conceited know-it-all, the girls get him to meet Amanda’s case worker and switch lives to stop the wedding once and for all. Though things don’t go exactly as planned when Amanda gets adopted and Clarice moves up the wedding.
Truly, the ’90s were where it was at when it came down to good wholesome media that worked well for not only children, but for entire families as well. While this isn’t exactly Disney, it does have a little bit of Disney magic to be found. The characters are lovable and work very well together and it does carry a great message about love and never really being too late to find it. The comedy itself is light and carries a variety of different forms of humor that works for all ages – something commonly found in ’90s family films. It’s memorable. I remember watching this as a kid, and I’m pretty sure I’ve only seen it once, over 20 years ago. I have a feeling that a majority of family films don’t really carry that level of entertainment anymore. A child may enjoy a movie, but the likelihood that they’ll forget everything in a few short days is a lot higher than it use to be.
There’s a couple of things that stuck out like a sore thumb for me. The first being the accents that the girls rarely have, but randomly try to get a “rich girl”/British accent, while the other has a New York accent at times – before they switch back to the basic Midwestern accent. It was inconsistent, and even when they tried, it sounded wrong and gave off the idea that they were over-acting. Yes, it’s a kids movie, but they always worked well when they were simply being cute – which thankfully, is the case 90% of the movie. Another thing is what I’ve already mentioned before – the entire movie is basically a carbon copy of Parent Trap. There’s no way that all of this was coincidence. Because they weren’t twins, they could’ve easily sold it as Prince & Pauper stuff, but they opted to be wholly unoriginal, which mostly hurt it the most.
It honestly still holds up as a solid family film that still has the ability to entertain its viewers 23 years later. It may have some issues with aging, some issues with acting, and a plot line that could’ve used another day in the writer’s room, but for what it’s worth, it works.
TOTAL SCORE: 82/100
|Title||It Takes Two|
|NARRATIVE ARC SCORE||10|
|Sucks You In||2|
|Specialty 1:||Genres – Comedy|
|Specialty 1 Note:|
|Specialty 1 Rating||10|
|Specialty 2:||Concept – Actor Specific|
|Specialty 2 Note:||Family|
|Specialty 2 Rating||10|
|Specialty 3:||Concept – Actor Specific|
|Specialty 3 Note:||Kids|
|Specialty 3 Rating||10|
|Specialty 4:||Concept – Actor Specific|
|Specialty 4 Note:||Olsen Twins|
|Specialty 4 Rating||5|