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Identical twins Hallie and Annie were separated at birth when their parents divorced. After the two meet at summer camp, they begin plotting to reunite their estranged parents. Written by
Michelle Trachtenberg was considered for the role(s) of the twins. Coincidentally, the actress's birthday falls on 11th October, the same day as Hallie and Annie's in the film. See more »
In the scene where Annie is looking at Hallie's house, Hallie points to her father in the picture. Hallie's arm noticeably gets shorter, in order to point at the picture. If her arm was unedited, it would point at Annie's wrist. See more »
[Hallie is trying to convince Annie the proposed switch will work]
Look, I can do you already.
[Hallie pulls her hair back and adopts a British accent]
"Yes, you want to know the real difference between us? I have class and you don't." Come on, Annie. I gotta meet my ma.
[arranges her expression into a pout]
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During the credits, pictures from the twins' parents' wedding are shown. See more »
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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