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New York Minute is a 2004 comedy teen film starring Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and Eugene Levy. It was directed by Dennie Gordon and released on May 7, 2004. In the film Mary-Kate and Ashley play twins with opposing personalities who have a series of misadventures around the city of New Yorkmarker.

It is the Olsen twins first theatrical film since It Takes Two.


The story follows Jane and Roxy Ryan, twin sisters with opposing personalities. Jane (Ashley Olsen) is an academic obsessed with order and planning, while Roxy (Mary-Kate Olsen) is a school truant who is interested only in rock music and her band, in which she is the drummer. The story happens over the course of one day. Jane's goal is to get to Columbia University in New York Citymarker in order to make a presentation at a scholarship competition in which she can gain a scholarship to Oxford Universitymarker in the United Kingdommarker. Roxy's goal is to skip school and watch the production of a Simple Plan music video, which is also taking place in New York. She is followed by truancy officer Max Lomax (Eugene Levy). Due to a series of unfortunate incidents, the twins become involved with a piracy ring and must avoid both Lomax and this criminal gang and still make it to the University on time to make the speech. Through the series of misadventures, the twins come to realize that they have been allowing their relationship to drift apart and that they need to make greater efforts to do things together.


* Playing himself.


New York Minute was neither a box office success nor a critical success. Richard Roeper gave the film a "thumbs down" rating on the television show Ebert & Roeper. Aggregate movie review web site Rotten Tomatoes listed a critic score of 13% for the film.

Box office

The film's opening weekend earned $5.96 million, the fifth lowest ever for any film playing at over 3,000 theatres. The film eventually went on to gross $14.07 million domestically and $7.22 million overseas.


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