Plot: What’s it about?
Tess (Mary-Kate Olsen) and her twin sister Emily (Ashley Olsen) are determined to find a new love for their single father, no matter what it takes. In between wild adventures with friends, the girls paint a massive billboard with a personal ad for their father, which of course, brings a lot of attention to the single man. After all, a huge personal ad right in the heart of Hollywood is bound to create a stir and it does, as their dad Maxwell (Tom Amandes) gets a number of requests for dates. But the string of new women starts off a little rough, as a chain of bad dates rolls off and leaves Max frustrated, though Tess and Emily remain focused. Soon after the nightmare dates have ended, Max meets Brooke (Jessica Tuck) and right from the start, he knows his luck has taken a turn for the better. The sparks fly and it seems the girls have found the perfect new love for their dad, until they discover who Brooke’s son is. Her son is a skateboarder that happens to be rivals with Tess & Emily, thanks to his unruly antics. Will the girls be able to settle their differences with the kid, or will it throw a monkeywrench into their dad’s new romance?
If you’ve seen one Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen movie, then you’ve pretty much seen them all, save a few details altered in the plotlines. I’ve reviewed a few of their movies on this site and I am running out of ways to describe how much alike they are, but Warner has issued another wave of them, so I must push forward and continue. This time out, the twins focus on finding their dad a new romance, which kids of blends into It Takes Two land, but remains fresh enough not to seem like a complete lift. But then again, if you’re a fan of these movies and the Olsens, then chances are, it wouldn’t matter if it was. Billboard Dad is not the worst of the Olsen twins pictures, but it is not that good either, though to be honest, none of them are. The girls go through countless outfits, get into some hijinks, and by the end credits, a lesson is learned by all, and everyone has some fun in the process. As I’ve said with all the other Mary-Kate & Ashley movies, if you like the other ones, then this one is recommended. But if you’re not into their brand of cinema, then you won’t be won over here, though you should know that by now.
Video: How does it look?
Billboard Dad is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. Although this movie doesn’t have much in terms of memorable visuals, this is a solid all around effort. The print has some small speckles & minor grain, but looks clean enough and as this wasn’t a project with a massive budget, some flaws can be expected. I found the colors to be vibrant and bright however, while flesh tones look natural at all times. The contrast is stable and accurate also, so black levels are keen and no detail loss is evident. Not the kind of visual presentation you’ll go bananas over, but the movie looks good and that’s what counts.
Audio: How does it sound?
A 2.0 surround track is found here and while it offers little in terms of bells & whistles, it handles the material well enough. As with the other Olsen twins movies, the audio is basic and the material never pushes for much else, so while this is a reserved track, that is how the material should be treated. The music has enough life to satisfy, while the various sound effects are well presented, though without much punch, of course. The main element here is dialogue, which comes across in clean and sharp fashion, no complaints in the least there. This disc also includes tracks in Spanish and French, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some talent files, as well as the film’s trailer.