How the West Was Fun

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  • NR
  • 1994
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 4.8  (1,944)

How the West Was Fun is a 1994 adventure-comedy movie starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. The movie is a western-themed spin on the classic 'parent trap' style story, with the Olsen twins playing twin sisters who are separated at a young age and reunite years later in the Old West. The movie begins with Mary-Kate and Ashley playing infant twin sisters who are separated when their parents are killed in a stagecoach accident. One sister is taken in by a wealthy family in the city, while the other grows up in the Wild West with their uncle.

Years later, the two sisters are now teenagers and are reunited when their uncle sends them to the city to attend finishing school. Mary-Kate plays tomboyish tomboy Jessica, while Ashley plays the more refined and proper Amanda. The girls immediately clash, with Jessica's rough and tumble personality rubbing Amanda the wrong way.

After a few days in the city, Jessica and Amanda discover that their uncle is in financial trouble and that his ranch is about to be taken over by a greedy businessman named Bart Gafooley (played by Martin Mull). The girls concoct a plan to reunite their uncle with his lost love, a famous singer named Julep (played by Alice Ghostley), in hopes that they will be able to raise the money to save the ranch.

Their plan is complicated by the fact that Gafooley is also in love with Julep, and will stop at nothing to keep her from reuniting with their uncle. Jessica and Amanda must use their wits and resourcefulness to outsmart Gafooley and save the ranch.

Throughout the movie, the Olsen twins showcase their comedic talents with plenty of slapstick humor and physical comedy. Martin Mull also delivers a memorable performance as the conniving Gafooley, playing the character with just the right mix of humor and villainy.

The movie also features a number of classic western tropes, including shootouts, bank robberies, and a climactic horse race. However, these elements are all presented in a lighthearted and family-friendly way that is appropriate for children of all ages.

Overall, How the West Was Fun is an enjoyable and entertaining movie that is sure to delight fans of the Olsen twins and western-themed adventures. With its fun storyline, likable characters, and charming performances, it is a perfect family movie that parents and kids can enjoy together.

How the West Was Fun is a 1994 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.8.

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    4.8  (1,944)