Movie Article

The Challenge

(2003)

Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, ... | LEARNING THE ROPES Lizzie (Ashley, right), Shane (Mary-Kate), and a couple cute teammates face a new ''Challenge'': dealing with Shane's fear of heights
LEARNING THE ROPES Lizzie (Ashley, right), Shane (Mary-Kate), and a couple cute teammates face a new ''Challenge'': dealing with Shane's fear of heights

Why we'd skip Mary-Kate and Ashley's ''The Challenge''

PREDICAMENT The estranged Dalton twins are selected (without the other's knowledge) to be on a ''Survivor''-esque reality show where they must live together in a ''Real World''-style bungalow. Sibling rivalry ensues, but the girls must band together to win a college scholarship.

MARY-KATE PLAYS Shane, a California hippie chick who practices yoga and abstains from eating meat

ASHLEY PLAYS Lizzie, a preppy student from D.C. who has only been late once -- at birth, when her twin sister's umbilical cord got wrapped around her neck

FASHION STATEMENT Shane aligns her chakras while wearing peasant shirts and cutoffs; Lizzie is the picture of East Coast sophistication in capri pants and blouses.

WHY WE'D SKIP IT Apparently the girls were loco about making a movie in Mexico, or was it the lure of a tropical vacation? This not-so-subtle ''Survivor'' ripoff is definitely a challenge -- for viewers who are annoyed by the Jeff Probst-wannabe host. Despite the DVD's never-before-seen ending that reunites the girls with their past movie boyfriends, this film does NOT deserve immunity.

GRADE C

Originally posted Apr 19, 2004