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The Challenge (2003)

Ashley Olsen , Mary-kate Olsen , Craig Shapiro  |  G |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ashley Olsen, Mary-kate Olsen, Brian Skala, Lukas Behnken, Sera Bastian
  • Directors: Craig Shapiro
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BUSRG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Challenge" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes new surprise ending
  • Behind the scenes
  • Quizzes
  • Bloopers
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

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Combining the effervescent Olsen twins with the sizzling popularity of a Survivor-style reality show, The Challenge is a seemingly perfect concoction for Mary Kate and Ashley fans. In this G-rated jaunt, the perky twins play Shane and Lizzie, two estranged sisters who are unwittingly cast together to compete as teammates in seven grueling contests. Residing on separate coasts after their parent's divorce, the girls are polar opposites: Lizzie is ambitious and high-strung, while Shane is a tree-hugging vegetarian. Now in Mexico, they will eat, sleep, and socialize as one while a ruthless producer hopes the ensuing sibling controversy will spike the show's ratings. Amid the daring feats and romantic entanglements, the twins realize that their greatest challenge will be to accept each other's differences. If viewers overlook the painfully contrived plot and deplorable acting, the result is a clean, family film that goes no deeper than a pretty face. (Ages 7 to 12) --Lynn Gibson

Product Description

In their newest direct-to-video, Mary-Kate and Ashley embark on a Survivor-style adventure in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Estranged teen sisters who live on opposite sides of the country are brought together as teammates in the TV show, "The Challenge", much to their surprise. In order to win the grand prize - college scholarships - they'll need to reconcile their differences, work together, and keep their romances a secret from the producers all at the same time!

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Olsen Reality TV? May 10, 2004
By Mr. JKW
Format:DVD
"The Challenge" continues (and perhaps wraps-up???) the Olsen twins direct to video line of franchise movies, this time taking the girls to Mexico for a "Survivor-esque" reality game show.
THE STORY:
Shane and Lizzie Dalton (Mary-Kate and Ashley) are estranged sisters who unknowingly enter the same "Reality Game Show" competition for college scholarship money where, among other things, they have to learn to tolerate each other, compete in "Survivor-esque" contests, battle "evil" TV producers and of course, work through boyfriend problems. In the end the girls learn the meaning of family.
THE ANALYSIS:
All in all, this is definitely one of the best Olsen twins efforts and marks a fitting end to their "pre-adulthood" films and direct-to-video line. While the "Faux-Survivor" bit was a little cheesy at first, the action is top-notch for a "family" film courtesy of all the outrageous "Survivor"-type challenges and the message of family the film shares is just awesome. In a strange but appropriate nod at the end of the film the girls and characters "break character" to acknowledge the twins past accomplishments and a montage of the girls in their films throughout the years make an appropriate end to not only this movie but their "pre-adulthood" career.
THE DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Like most Olsen DVDs you've got a stuffed DVD features section, but unfortunately most of it is fluff. Included in the DVD special features are:
1. Behind the Scenes featurette: 7 1/2 minute featurette where the cast and crew (primarily the twins) talk about the movie and their experiences filming it.
2. Trailers: The Multi-million dollar Olsen marketing machine was in full force here!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! Mexico December 27, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
this movie was amazing, probably one of the best the twins have EVER made,and it was filmed in beautiful MEXICO I had never seen it,but I've gotta say it's amazing, I'm talking about the movie and mexico, I'm glad they finally went to film to a latin american country! The movie is perfect for the whole family
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Direct To Video July 3, 2004
By AJ
Format:DVD
The film The Challenge is Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's last direct to video film before going to the big screen with New York Minute. In the movie the Challenge, Mary-Kate Olsen plays the character of Shane. A relaxed girl who doesn't eat meat, likes yoga, and is pro-nature. Ashley Olsen plays the character of Lizzie. Lizzie has very high goals for herself, she likes things to go smoothly (she's never ever late for anything), enjoys steak (opp. for Shane), and is basically a perfectionist. When the two girls meet they are shock, but both decide to stay because of the prize at stake-a college scholarship. The show's rules are curfew by ten and no romantic entanglements. As in all the other films, the girl's characters meet boys which they become interested in. I liked the idea for the movie because its original and something different from what the girls usually do. The film is pretty entertaining. It does a good job is mixing humor, romance, and adventure. The only reason why the film gets four stars instead of five stars is because the challanges they do are a bit on the easy side. However, the film has so many fun things in it, that it helps compensate. Also, without giving away too much information, the ending of the film is great. It wraps up Mary-Kate and Ashley's home video series with a song and clips and it even takes on a hilarious take from past films. The movie is worth renting if not owning. Hope this review helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost Enjoyable November 30, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
While I found this movie more enjoyable than their last two, When In Rome and Getting There, it still does not come close to being as good as earlier titles such as Holiday in the Sun and Winning London.
The story revolves around a group of teens divided into two teams on a TV game show, basically an exact replica of Survivor (the only difference is that they're competing for college scholarships). Mary Kate and Ashley play twins each living seperatly with one parent,with very different lifestyles, one is goal driven while the other is laid back.
The plot is predictable and semi enjoyable, with the usual romance and adventure everyone has come to expect from these movies. The only part of this film that I truly enjoyed was the very end, which will surely crack up any fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST! November 17, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
Excuse me, for those people who think that this movie is lame, not worth watching and ... ,you guys are wrong! You should focus on the good points of the movie, not the bad ones! And all in all, I would say that this movie is the best Mary-Kate and Ashley movie I've seen so far!The Challenge had so many phases which was exciting, and thumbs up for all the great extras!The personalities were split into suitable ones for each character! For example, Kelly was overly confident and she played her part very well! I feel that this movie has an original twist from the other movies. This is the best piece of work done by Craig Shapiro. If you are one of the people who hate this movie and are reading my review, I suggest you compare YOURSELF with Mary-Kate and Ashley! you know why i'm sayin this? cuz if you are saying that they suck, you are lookin down on them, which means you think you are better than them! Well, prove it! I am actually not a fan, but I think that the movies made by MK and A are splendid! So there!Think twice about your bad comments! And those who have not watched this movie yet, do NOT lose the chance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting The Challenge
As always, Mary Kate and Ashley deliver! One conservative and one hippie sister, exotic locale, cute (I guess) boys... this movie has it all.
Published 3 months ago by PrincessJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Olsen Twins!
My daughter has always been a big fan of the Olsen twins. The Challenge was added to her vast collection!
Published 7 months ago by Adele Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
Being the same age as Mary-Kate and Ashley I will say I felt like I grew up with them, so I was quite surprised to see one of their movies that I don't recall ever seeing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by jackie griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
After growing up watching all of their movies, animated cartoons, and tv shows... I couldn't remember this one...it was most definitely worth buying.
Published 12 months ago by J. turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great movie! Lots of action and funny parts to it. My daughter is a big fan of Mary Kate and Ashley and really enjoyed this movie.
Published 13 months ago by Tewee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This movie is such a great film by Mary-Kate and Ashley. Usually their movies are very similar. They travel to a foreign place, find some cute boys and end up falling in love. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Artislyfe
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves Mary Kate & Ashley
She had this movie on vhs so it was time to replace it with a dvd now she is very happy
Published 16 months ago by Carol A
2.0 out of 5 stars I was not pleased with this purchase
I did not know that there are different types of DVDs for different countries. The DVD I received was for a specific region and would not play on our Blue Ray player. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dana S Sybert
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD quality
Thanks so much, the DVD was as good as new, at a ridiculously low price. Great choice of sellers, my granddaughter loves the movie
Published on July 22, 2012 by amazing shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie.
While the Olsen movies aren't known for having stellar movie plots, i found this one much more interesting than most of the other movies that came out. Read more
Published on October 17, 2010 by Sarah W.
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