The Other Me
Ever wish there were two of you? You know, one of you who has all the responsibilities, so the other one can have all the fun? Well, that’s what 13-year-old Will Browning (Andrew Lawrence) thinks he’s in for when he accidentally clones himself in this new original movie from the Disney Channel, premiering Friday, 9/8/00 at 7:00PM ET/PT.
Faced with going to summer boot camp if his grades don’t improve, slacker Will has to come up with a killer science project. Choosing to use a kit of unhatched sea critters called “Ocean Pups” to make the grade, Will unwittingly pours tainted “HyperFast” growth solution on the pups that turns them into another one of him. Will hides his innocent double in a makeshift bedroom and trains him to go to school in his place. But Will gets bored and a little jealous when his look-a-like becomes popular. Then, Will learns that two mad scientists from Ocean Pups Headquarters are on to him and want to kidnap his clone for their own get-rich-quick scheme. Can the double teach Will that they’re more alike than he thinks before the greedy pair of scientists capture him? Or will Will’s jealousy cause him to lose the best friend and only brother he’s ever had?
It’s not “Splash.” It’s not “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” It’s not “The Parent Trap.” It’s not even the remake of “The Parent Trap.” But it is about hiding someone. It is about skipping school. And it is about too-cool twins. Well, sort of. This twin is a clone and he helps our wayward hero learn life lessons. Mom and Pop may prefer the sophistication of, say, a Warner Brothers cartoon, but for the preteen female audience who think Andrew Lawrence is cute, or for the preteen male audience who relate to his dislike of school, this Disney Channel original is right up their alley. And who knows, Mom and Pop may get a couple of chuckles. Stranger things have happened.