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It Takes Two (1995)

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Alyssa and Amanda are two little girls who are identical, but complete strangers, that accidentally meet one day.


Andy Tennant
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirstie Alley ... Diane Barrows
Steve Guttenberg ... Roger Callaway
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Amanda Lemmon / Alyssa Callaway
Ashley Olsen ... Alyssa Callaway / Amanda Lemmon
Philip Bosco ... Vincenzo
Jane Sibbett ... Clarice Kensington
Michelle Grisom Michelle Grisom ... Carmen
Desmond Robertson Desmond Robertson ... Frankie
Tiny Mills Tiny Mills ... Tiny
Shanelle Henry Shanelle Henry ... Patty
Anthony Aiello Anthony Aiello ... Anthony
LaTonya Borsay LaTonya Borsay ... Wanda
Michèle Lonsdale Smith ... Michelle (as Michelle Lonsdale-Smith)
Sean Orr ... Jerry
Elizabeth Walsh Elizabeth Walsh ... Emily


Alyssa (a rich girl) and Amanda (an orphan) are two little girls who are identical, but complete strangers, that accidentally meet one day. Together they form a plan to try getting Alyssa's father to prevent making the biggest mistake of his life: marrying an awful woman. Written by Aaron Saltzer

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Two identical strangers. Two different worlds. One perfect match. See more »


Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The camp used in the film was Camp Mini-Yo-We located in Muskoka, Ontario, which is still an active summer camp today. See more »


Mary-Kate Olsen plays one of Ashley Olsen's scenes. ("Hail Betty Queen of the Scrap Heap") See more »


[Alyssa has joined the other campers in the cafeteria for lunch; they are having Sloppy Joe's]
Alyssa Calloway: [to Dianne] This is really good!
Diane Barrows: Well; of course it is, silly. It's your favorite.
Alyssa Calloway: It is?
[Dianne looks at Alyssa funny]
Alyssa Calloway: Oh, yes! Of course! The um... um, big gooey, messy burger!
Diane Barrows: Also, known as a Sloppy Joe.
Alyssa Calloway: A Sloppy Joe, right.
Diane Barrows: Your favorite?
Alyssa Calloway: Yes, and with dern good reason!
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Twilight Zone Theme
Written by Marius Constant
Published by Aspen Fair Music
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A family/kids movie, but made like a real motion picture
26 January 2003 | by sammy105See all my reviews

I saw this movie back when I was 12; I liked it then, and still wouldn't mind seeing it again. Like all kids' movies, this movie has just a few corny kid moments that older viewers, especially teenagers, wouldn't prefer. But, unlike countless other movies, "The Parent Trap" included, this movie doesn't let all those annoying little things, like "I love you, honey! I love you with all my heart!..." get too far and make the viewer want to put a grim on his face and turn off the TV. They do it by using great acting skills by countless ingenious actors and actresses, and by not having a moment of nothing, but smiles, hugs, and extra-corny laughter get too long.

Also, another advantage this movie has over "The Parents Trap", is that even 'though the main characters are both young girls, and one is an orphan in a group home, they are never portrayed as completely helpless, and in need of adult supervision; throughout the whole movie, all the adventures and gigs the girls think-up and go through they do with the help of no one, but themselves, and constantly help each other when either would get in a tough spot. The reason this is such a big advantage for this film is that in most real life, and most movies we see, all the main action is done and held by adults, and kids are treated as little and somewhat spoiled helpless creatures, who can't take care of themselves. This fact, often unconsciously, bores and sickens the audience, sometimes even bringing feelings of disgust towards kids. But in this movie, this problem is dealt with masterfully. Not only do kids here do things all on their own, but many times the adults, when in the same situation, look up to to them for help and advice. I thought this movie was made with a beautiful plot, truly great acting, very nice camera work, and, very importantly, very good character development: enough time is taken to introduce every important character's life before getting anywhere near the main idea of the movie. I would, personally, give this movie a 10/10, hands down.

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Release Date:

17 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,564,147, 19 November 1995

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (2001 Re-Release)| SDDS (2001 Re-Release)| DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (2001 Re-Release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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