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To Grandmother's House We Go (1992)

When the twins feel like their mom is tired of them, they take off on an exciting adventure to grandmother's house and encounter a pair of villains along the way.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Olsen ... Julie Thompson
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Sarah Thompson
Rhea Perlman ... Shirley
Cynthia Geary ... Rhonda Thompson
J. Eddie Peck ... Eddie Popko
Stuart Margolin ... Det. Gremp
Jerry Van Dyke ... Harvey 'Harv'
Rick Poltaruk Rick Poltaruk ... Santa
Leslie Carlson ... Doorman
Florence Paterson Florence Paterson ... Great Grandma Mimi (as Florence Patterson)
Andrew Wheeler ... Policeman
Venus Terzo ... Stacey
Walter Marsh ... Crotchety Man
Frank Lewis Frank Lewis ... Saxaphone Player
Doreen Ramus Doreen Ramus ... Old Woman on Bus


Delivery firm truck driver Eddie Popko, a dreamy wannabee-cowboy, always flirts with convenience store clerk Rhonda Thompson, but his enthusiasm seems curbed when he meets her meanly hostile twin daughters Julie and Sarah, aged five. When the bratty pair hear mother wine all she wants for Christmas is a holiday without the handfuls, they decide to oblige by sneaking off to great grandma Mimi. Unable to find her or the right bus, they end up sneaking into Eddie's truck. He takes to babysitting during his round remarkably well, but when he delivers them home, he's knocked unconscious by senior robbers couple, dumb Harvey and mean Shirley, who stole the content of his firm's trucks, in this case Christmas parcels. Discovering the lottery tickets he bought and gave the brats to keep give access to a 1.3 million TV lottery finale, he decides to lead the search with Rhonda, police detective Gremp being incompetent, and even raises a 'borrowed' ransom. Written by KGF Vissers

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6 December 1992 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


In many photos and videos from the Olsen twins' childhood, Mary-Kate wears blue clothes and Ashley wears pink. This fact is often used by people who can't tell them apart by their faces as a clue to figuring out who's who. In this very first movie of theirs, however, it is the opposite. For most of this movie, Mary-Kate wears pink, while Ashley wears blue. See more »


At the beginning, Rhonda & the girls brush their teeth before eating breakfast. See more »


Eddie Popko: [to a customer] I guess you could say that Santa's little helpers are dad's little helpers today.
[Gets a tip]
Eddie Popko: Thank you, so hard to find a good babysitter. Merry Christmas, now. Yeah. Come on, girls, let's go.
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A Fun-Filled Family Romp...
27 February 2000 | by c.sherlockSee all my reviews

if you like that sort of thing. I suppose this movie is harmless enough, but there is no chance that it will go down in the annals of cinematography as one of the best movies ever. It is, at best, harmless fluff.

To summarize, this movie features the Olsen twins who, at least temporarily, appear to have faded into obscurity. I suppose this is an example of poetic justice since a lot of the people in "TGHWG" who previously had perfectly viable careers apparently have disappeared from the cultural landscape.

Besides these charming cherubs, the movie stars Cynthia Geary, Jerry Van Dyke, Rhea Perlman and others who will probably soon grace the pages of Biography Magazine's "Where Are They Now" section. Geary plays the twins' ineffectual single mom who can't keep her children from escaping when they think she wants them gone. A highlight of the film is Geary's dead-on impression of the late Boris Karloff while reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to her children. Geary's character also apparently spends a good bit of the movie fantasizing about what her life would be like with a working class hero (played to perfection by soap opera star J. Eddie Peck).

Perlman and Van Dyke (in his most challenging role since "Coach") play bumbling crooks who are somewhat harmless, despite the fact that they are, in fact, crooks. To be honest, crooks don't come any more harmless than these two, who probably couldn't hold up a fleeing turtle.

The most unfortunate victim of this movie is perhaps Stuart Margolin, who plays a detective. Margolin's appearance here is particularly tragic when you consider he was a big star prior to this. He had even appeared in "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" with John Agar. Of course, "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" was hardly Oscar material, so perhaps Margolin was also a victim of poetic justice. Unfortunately for those of us who fondly remember Margolin as Angel on "The Rockford Files", he too seems to have since disappeared off the face of the earth (although rumor has it he is now working at a 7-11 in Des Moines, Iowa under an assumed name).

In short, watching "To Grandmother's House We Go" most likely won't do you any harm. However, it will take up a significant chunk of your life that could have perhaps been better spent doing other things, such as watching reruns of "Gadabout Gaddis" or cleaning your gutters.

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