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The Challenge
The Challenge
Actors: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Brian Skala, Lukas Behnken, Sera Bastian
Genres: Kids & Family
G     2003     1hr 32min

In their newest direct-to-video, Mary-Kate and Ashley embark on a Survivor-style adventure in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Estranged teen sisters who live on opposite sides of the country are brought together as teammates in th...  more »


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Actors: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Brian Skala, Lukas Behnken, Sera Bastian
Genres: Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: All Titles, Feature Movies, Comedy, Family Films, Easter
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Laurie F. from SISTERS, OR
Reviewed on 9/23/2009...
Very typical Mary Kate and Ashley movie, but they have matured a bit. Fun, and a bit predictable. I think it is why my kids still love their movies to today, even though they are older teens. Corney humor. Very entertaining.

Movie Reviews

Olsen Reality TV?
Mr. JKW | Honolulu, Hawai'i | 05/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Challenge" continues (and perhaps wraps-up???) the Olsen twins direct to video line of franchise movies, this time taking the girls to Mexico for a "Survivor-esque" reality game show.THE STORY:Shane and Lizzie Dalton (Mary-Kate and Ashley) are estranged sisters who unknowingly enter the same "Reality Game Show" competition for college scholarship money where, among other things, they have to learn to tolerate each other, compete in "Survivor-esque" contests, battle "evil" TV producers and of course, work through boyfriend problems. In the end the girls learn the meaning of family.THE ANALYSIS:All in all, this is definitely one of the best Olsen twins efforts and marks a fitting end to their "pre-adulthood" films and direct-to-video line. While the "Faux-Survivor" bit was a little cheesy at first, the action is top-notch for a "family" film courtesy of all the outrageous "Survivor"-type challenges and the message of family the film shares is just awesome. In a strange but appropriate nod at the end of the film the girls and characters "break character" to acknowledge the twins past accomplishments and a montage of the girls in their films throughout the years make an appropriate end to not only this movie but their "pre-adulthood" career.THE DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:Like most Olsen DVDs you've got a stuffed DVD features section, but unfortunately most of it is fluff. Included in the DVD special features are:1. Behind the Scenes featurette: 7 1/2 minute featurette where the cast and crew (primarily the twins) talk about the movie and their experiences filming it. 2. Trailers: The Multi-million dollar Olsen marketing machine was in full force here!!! The twins shill the following from their extensive product line as well as the Warner Brothers product line:a. "New York Minute" Movie Trailerb. Their extensive DVD/Video Catalogc. "Getting There" Movied. "When In Rome" Moviee. Mary-Kate and Ashley Super Spa Day Fashion Dolls (?????)f. Their line of booksg. The "Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action" cartoon series on ABC.h. Their website "" where you can get all the latest information!!!i. Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos (where THIS film was filmed)j. "What A Girl Wants"k. "Twas the Fight Before Christmas Powerpuff Girls"l. the "Tom and Jerry" Catalog of videosm. "Saddle Club: The First Adventure"3. Trivia Quizzes - Test your knowledge on the film and the twins!!!a. "The Challenge: Don't Spill the Beans" Quiz - Answer the same questions as posed to the contestants during the movieb. "The Challenge: Know Your Challenge Contestants" Quiz - Test your knowledge of the various characters in the moviec. "Mary-Kate and Ashley Movies: What Happened Where?" Quiz - How well do YOU know your Olsen twin films?d. "Mary-Kate and Ashley Movies: Who Played Whom in What?" Quiz - How well do you know the characters the girls played in their films?THE VERDICT:In all, overselling in the DVD features aside, the movie was great for a family viewing. Olsen fans should love this installment in their ever-growing video franchise series. While the "Faux-Survivor" concept was a bit cheesy this film probably had the best mix of adventure and story out of all their films and the message of "family is important" is as great a message to share in a film as any. Parents should be pleased with another clean, quality product from America's favorite twins. Overall, not a bad addition to their franchise and a fine choice to add to your Olsen collection if you're so inclined.GRADES:Film: 4.5 stars
Extras: 3.5 stars
Overall: 4 starsHighly Recommended"
Wow! Mexico
Mr. JKW | 12/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this movie was amazing, probably one of the best the twins have EVER made,and it was filmed in beautiful MEXICO I had never seen it,but I've gotta say it's amazing, I'm talking about the movie and mexico, I'm glad they finally went to film to a latin american country! The movie is perfect for the whole family"
sullivan_gurl | 11/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excuse me, for those people who think that this movie is lame, not worth watching and ... ,you guys are wrong! You should focus on the good points of the movie, not the bad ones! And all in all, I would say that this movie is the best Mary-Kate and Ashley movie I've seen so far!The Challenge had so many phases which was exciting, and thumbs up for all the great extras!The personalities were split into suitable ones for each character! For example, Kelly was overly confident and she played her part very well! I feel that this movie has an original twist from the other movies. This is the best piece of work done by Craig Shapiro. If you are one of the people who hate this movie and are reading my review, I suggest you compare YOURSELF with Mary-Kate and Ashley! you know why i'm sayin this? cuz if you are saying that they suck, you are lookin down on them, which means you think you are better than them! Well, prove it! I am actually not a fan, but I think that the movies made by MK and A are splendid! So there!Think twice about your bad comments! And those who have not watched this movie yet, do NOT lose the chance!"