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Switching Goals 

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Girly girl Emma and tomboy Sam are 13-year-old teenagers, who are identical, personality-opposite twins, join a soccer team so they might switch places.


David Steinberg





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Samantha 'Sam' Stanton
Ashley Olsen ... Emma Stanton
Kathryn Greenwood ... Denise Stanton
Joe Grifasi ... Dave
Trevor Blumas ... Greg Jeffries
Eric Lutes ... Jerry Stanton
Keith Knight ... Willard Holmes
Jake LeDoux Jake LeDoux ... Richie
Robert Clark ... Helmet Head
Brian Heighton Brian Heighton ... Jim
Ted Atherton ... Mitch
Vito Rezza Vito Rezza ... Sal
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Arden
Michael Lamport Michael Lamport ... Adrian
Jesse Farb Jesse Farb ... Oscar


Jerry Stanton's pride and joy is successfully coaching the Hurricanes, one of the six competing school soccer teams, sponsored by his employer's sports equipment shop. When the competition goes co-ed, he panics, but relies on Samantha 'Sam', the tomcat among his twin daughters, as not-disastrous girl in his team. Alas, partially due to wife Denise, a psychologist, the team-picking goes pear-shaped, the Hurricanes get stuck with fashionista twin Emma. So he eagerly accepts when the sisters spontaneously suggests secretively trading places, but Denise and attractive boys compromise keeping the charade up. Written by KGF Vissers

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"Switching Goals" is the first of two projects in which Eric Lutes plays the on-screen father of twin characters played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The second project in which the three co-starred together was the TV series "So Little Time" (2001). See more »


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Score for Mary-Kate and Ashley
15 April 2001 | by David, Film FreakSee all my reviews

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen ('Full House', 'To Grandmother's House We Go') play twin sisters (are there any other kind for these two?!). Sam (Mary-Kate) is the sporty, less-popular one, while Emma (Ashley) is the boy and fashion-obsessed one.

Here, the twins sign up for their dad's soccer team (which, to their dad Jerry's dismay, has turned co-ed), however, Emma is picked first out of pity for her dad's Hurricanes team, while Sam is shafted into the loser-ish Buzzards team.

So, to help eachother out, Sam and Emma trade places with eachother (how original!) to play on the opposite teams... until their mom finds out.

Stuck with their original placings, Sam becomes the star buzzard, while Emma does practically nothing on field except distract the other players... until, the final game (coincidentally between the Buzzards and Hurricanes), where they find Emma has a hidden talent...goalie.

A much better Olsen film than most, with their acting talents improving through the course of it. Not bad at all.

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12 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ataque ou Defesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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