April 13, 2004
New York Second
At last, the trailer for the upcoming Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen feature, New York Minute, has been released on the web. In keeping with the whole Two of a Kind theme, the trailer reveals, in stunning detail, just how frighteningly secondhand these gags are. Keeping in mind these are just from the trailer, here are a few examples.
Eugene Levy announces himself as a Nassau County Truancy Officer, drives a light blue Plymouth, and obsesses over his own white whale of a wayward student. Aside from the obvious Ferris Bueller ripoff, how did Eugene Levy become the de rigueur wacky old guy in teen movies?
A dog flies through an open window - a scene that might be familiar to any one of millions who have seen There's Something About Mary.
There is a fairly offensive looking Beauty Shop sequence, although New York Minute does manage to beat the Queen Latifah project to theatres by a couple months.
Eugene Levy crashes to the ground while attempting to stage dive. Presumably this is different from School of Rock's opening because Jack Black is fat and Eugene Levy is not.
While standing on scaffolding, Mary-Kate and Ashley drop precipitously down the side of a building, an almost shot-by-shot ripoff of The First Wives Club. Insult to injury, as the girls plummet to earth, the Olsens' towels remain suspiciously in place, certain to disappoint some.
MaryKateAshley slaps AshleyMaryKate, declaring, “Snap out of it!' -- more than recalling Moonstruck's big moment. Admittedly this scene appears to be more “reference' than “theft,' though who in the fuck among the teen demo is going get that?
The trailer ends with Levy singing the theme from Cops, a la Bad Boys II.
And the best part of all this “appropriation'? One of the screenwriters is actually named Bill Collage.
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