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The Parent Trap (1998)

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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Lindsay
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Storyline

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.


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Rated PG for some mild mischief | See all certifications »

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29 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Parent Trap  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$66,304,095 (USA) (4 December 1998)
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Trivia

To find the actress who would play Hallie and Annie, an exhaustive casting search was conducted in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Vancouver, Toronto, and London, with open calls in New York and Los Angeles. Eventually 11-year-old Long Island native Lindsay Lohan was given the role. See more »

Goofs

After Nick falls in the pool and discovers the Hallie/Annie switch, he hugs each girl. In the next shot of them, neither is the least bit wet, although their clothes would at least have gotten damp hugging their soaking father. See more »

Quotes

Chessy, the Parker's Maid: [seeing Martin for the first time, dazed] Hello
Martin, the James' Butler: [French music plays] Hello... hello to you
Elizabeth James: Chessy, this is our butler, Martin.
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: How do you do?
[pointing at Hallie]
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: I'm her butler.
Martin, the James' Butler: Enchanté mademoiselle
[kisses her hand]
Chessy, the Parker's Maid: Gee, the pleasure's all mine monsieur.
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Crazy Credits

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

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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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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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