How The West Was Fun

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Children's, Comedy

Sweet enough to rot the teeth and distort one's perspective on children, the Olsen moppets are back in a snappy binge of wholesomeness. This propaganda for family values is recommended only for parents armed with Prozac and for kids whose self-esteem is so low that the Olsens are their role models. After receiving a missive announcing the imminent sale...read more

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Sweet enough to rot the teeth and distort one's perspective on children, the Olsen moppets are back in a snappy binge of wholesomeness. This propaganda for family values is recommended only for parents armed with Prozac and for kids whose self-esteem is so low that the Olsens are their

role models.

After receiving a missive announcing the imminent sale of their late mother's childhood vacation spot, sisters Susie (Mary-Kate Olsen) and Jessica (Ashley Olsen) are determined that their father Stephen (Patrick Cassidy) save Mom's dude ranch pronto. Freeing up Daddy's schedule by getting him

fired (without his knowledge) from a dead-end job, the girls accompany him out West to bail out godmother Natty (Peg Phillips), whose property is being bartered for quick profit by her underhanded son Bart (Martin Mull).

Working on instinct, the twins learn that the ranch could become a crowd-pleasing draw, but Bart shortchanges that potential to realize his dream of creating a plasticized Western theme park. Susie and Jessica storm the corporate barricade of Bart's buyer, Mr. McGregger (Leon Pownall) and persuade

him to sample a free weekend at Natty's old-fashioned resort. Although Bart's repertoire of sabotage tricks hit their mark, McGregger enjoys himself enough to tout the outdoorsy experience as a retreat for harried executives. Although Bart kidnaps the meddlers on a raft, he fails to navigate the

rapids as the twins escape onto a hanging tree branch. All wet, Bart survives to see the resurgence in popularity of Natty's dude ranch.

You'll have plenty of time to reflect on the Olsen phenomenon since it takes the smart-alecky duo forever to bring this film to its sappy conclusion. The Olsens's other films benefited from the presence of hammy termagants like Rhea Perlman and Cloris Leachman; here, there's no vinegar to

counteract the ultra-sweet stars. Saddled with a script that suggests a labor of love slaved over by drips who never wanted to leave summer camp, this family fare extols the praises of the great outdoors, while shoving two tiny living-room sophisticates down our throats.

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Sweet enough to rot the teeth and distort one's perspective on children, the Olsen moppets are back in a snappy binge of wholesomeness. This propaganda for family values is recommended only for parents armed with Prozac and for kids whose self-esteem is so… (more)

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