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The Parent Trap (1998)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  29 July 1998 (USA)
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Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Kunz ...
Ronnie Stevens ...
Hallie Meyers-Shyer ...
Maggie Emma Thomas ...
Courtney Woods ...
Jackie (as Katerina Graham)


When two pre-teens named Hallie & Annie meet through their summer camp, their two lives are rattled when they realize that they are identical twins. With parents, British mother aka famous dress designer Elizabeth & American father, a wine maker named Nick, living in two different sides of the universe, the girls decide to make an identity swap in hopes of spending time with their other parent. The girls later choose to aware their guardians of the swap while at a hotel in NYC, which late reunites the divorced pair and sends them back into remarriage with each other.

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Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild mischief | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Parent Trap  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,148,497 (USA) (31 July 1998)


£4,996,756 (UK) (5 February 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


The twins in this version are named after the daughters of director Nancy Meyers' and producer Charles Shyer, Annie Meyers-Shyer, and Hallie Meyers-Shyer, both of whom have small parts in the movie. Hallie plays a girl at camp at the beginning who asks where the Navajo bunk is, and Annie plays the towel girl at the hotel who brings Elizabeth the first aid kit. The character whom Hallie Meyers-Shyer plays, conversely, is named Lindsay, after Lindsay Lohan, the actress who plays Hallie and Annie. See more »


After the family returns from the camping trip, Elizabeth and Nick are talking on the porch. When Elizabeth says, "Well, they went out for a picnic," Her back is turned but her mouth is not moving. See more »


Martin, the James' Butler: I found a stowaway in your suitcase.
[holds up Cuppy]
Hallie as Annie: [whispering] Oh my God. Cuppy.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, pictures from the twins' parents' wedding are shown. See more »


Referenced in Charmed: Which Prue Is It, Anyway? (1999) See more »


Everyone Merenge
Written and Performed by Joe Bones Johnson
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Good natured fun
19 July 2006 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those rare cases where a terrific movie is equaled by its remake. Hayley Mills carried the dual roles of twins learning of each other's existence and concocting a plot to reunite their divorced parents splendidly in the '60's version, and Lindsay Lohan showed wonderful comedic talent at an early age in this delightful remake.

It's a Disney flick, so the comedy is family slapstick variety as you would expect. The evil stepmother-to-be is over-the-top evil (even called Cruella De Ville by one of the girls), and she's a character you love to hate. The obvious chemistry of the parents (Randy Quaid and Natasha Richardson) is great, and begs a question which is never answered to satisfaction, "Why did they split up in the first place?" Everything in the film symbolically shows that they were made for each other: even their respective maid and butler take a shine to each other.

The fx and editing to stand Lohan's two characters together is magnificently done; it really looks like two actresses. No split screens, backs of heads of fake-looking "doubles" etc. to distract you from the movie. Lohan skillfully contrasts the American/British accents and mannerisms of the two girls; you know and believe which twin she is at any given moment.

Well directed, well acted and fun. I'll even forgive the film makers for ripping off the stranded-in-the-lake scene from "Meatballs." The closing credit snapshots provide a sweet epilogue to tie up loose ends.

Good family oriented comedy worth a rental.

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