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Film / Winning London

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A 2001 Direct to Video comedy directed by Craig Shapiro that has two sisters (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) going to London for the international Model UN competition and have adventures in the city.

The movie also stars Jesse Spencer, Eric Jungmann, Claire Yarlett, Steven Shenbaum, and Curtis Anderson.

It was released on March 27, 2001.

Tropes for the film:

  • Air-Vent Passageway: Riley and Brian help the "hostages" escape using the air vents.
  • Bathroom Breakout: The "hostages" at the Model United Nations meeting do this to escape the terrorists.
  • Hostage Situation: Terrorists invade a Model UN conference and kidnap a handful of delegates, including one of the twins, Chloe. It's actually a surprise event for the competition, as the remaining delegates must now debate whether or not to comply with the terrorists' demands for nuclear disarmament. In the meantime, the "hostages" get to kick back in a hotel suite with pizza and TV. the situation is resolved when Riley decides to Take a Third Option and leads a rescue party to sneak the hostages out of the suite the "terrorists" are distracted.
  • Loophole Abuse: The twins have to save some "hostages" as part of a Model UN convention/competition. As it's all pretend, the hostages are just in the next room over, so they take the literal approach and climb through their vents to save them. After coming back into the room, one boy shouts "You said we had to work it out on paper!", to which the official responds "No, I said you had to work it out."