May 17, 2004
Re-Doubled Trouble

In our typically paranoid and narcissistic state, we couldn't help but notice that a May 14 "Entertainment Weekly" piece detailing New York Minute's various “appropriations' bore a striking resemblance to our own New York Minute piece from a month earlier. Of course our take on the Olsens' film did lack that trademark EW snark, but still, Amy Feitelberg's piece echoes low culture's a bit too close for comfort.

Decide for yourself. From EW:

Why ''New York Minute'' audiences are doing a double take - The Olsen girls' movie pays homage to movies past - a lot.
by Amy Feitelberg

Is this deja vu, or do the Olsen twins have us seeing double? Their new New York Minute is littered with scenes from cinema past. ''I stuffed it full of every fun reference I could imagine,'' says director Dennie Gordon. ''Because when parents take their kids to see a movie, they still want to have as much of a giggle as the kids do.'' Let the laugh riot begin.

There's Something About Mary
In Minute, there's something about a microchip-swallowing mutt going out a window.

The First Wives Club
Middle-aged women plunging down the side of a building? How 'bout minors in towels!

The Matrix
One of the twins (who knows which?) kicks butt Matrix-style. How does she know how to fight in slo-mo?

Legally Blonde
Beauty salons just make you wanna dance. The girls do their own take on the ''bend-and-snap.''

One of the twins (don't ask us which) calms the other with a Cher-like slap and a ''Snap out of it!''

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
A habitual hooky player on the lam? Can anyone say ''Bueller?'' ''Bueller?'' ''Bueller?''

Now read our original piece - it describes the film's allusions to Ferris Bueller, Moonstruck, The First Wives Club and There's Something About Mary. We missed The Matrix (it wasn't in the trailer) and described the Legally Blonde scene as a Beauty Shop ripoff.

Perhaps Ms. Feitelberg was paying homage to our homage to New York Minute's homages. Or maybe she's just a lousy plagiarist (who should really choose to copy better material).

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