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The Parent Trap (1998)

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Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later 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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Nancy Meyers

Writers:

Erich Kästner (book), David Swift (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Lohan ... Hallie Parker / Annie James
Dennis Quaid ... Nick Parker
Natasha Richardson ... Elizabeth James
Elaine Hendrix ... Meredith Blake
Lisa Ann Walter ... Chessy
Simon Kunz ... Martin
Polly Holliday ... Marva Kulp, Sr.
Maggie Wheeler ... Marva Kulp, Jr.
Ronnie Stevens ... Grandfather
Joanna Barnes ... Vicki Blake
Hallie Meyers-Shyer ... Lindsay
Maggie Emma Thomas Maggie Emma Thomas ... Zoe
Courtney Woods Courtney Woods ... Nicole
Kat Graham ... Jackie (as Katerina Graham)
Michael Lohan ... Lost Boy at Camp
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Storyline

When two pre-teens named Hallie and 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 and 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. Written by The hotel was in San Francisco hense the Golden Gate Bridge

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild mischief | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Parent Trap See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,148,497, 2 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,308,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,108,518
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lindsay Lohan has starred in a number of movies that involve some sort of "swapping". In this movie, she plays both twin sisters who swap lives and pretend to be one another. In Freaky Friday (2003), her character swaps bodies with their mother. In Just My Luck (2006), her character swaps fortune and luck with another man. See more »

Goofs

When Hallie and Annie drag Meredith's air mattress into the lake, they are shown wading several inches into the water in order to push it into the current. However, when they are watching Meredith drift away, their shoes/bottoms of their pants are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Nick Parker: What's going on?
Meredith Blake: Here's what's going on, buddy: the day we get married is the day I ship those brats off to Switzerland, get the picture? It's me, or them. Take your pick.
Nick Parker: Them.
[Hallie and Annie stare at each other excitedly]
Meredith Blake: Excuse me?
Nick Parker: T-H-E-M, them.
[staring into Meredith's face]
Nick Parker: Get the picture?
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During the opening credits, it says "A Nancy Meyers/Charles Shyer Film," even though only the former is the director. See more »

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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Written by Eugene Record and William Sanders
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Classic Disney Comedy
21 September 1998 | by Steve BakerSee all my reviews

School holidays can be deadly for older cinema patrons but sometimes there are films for children that are well worth a visit for adults. Unusually, The Parent Trap is a children's film that can even be recommended for children by the most morally bound parent - although there is a divorce that may need to be explained away. The Parent Trap is cute, sugary and funny - and unashamedly so. The Parent Trap was originally made in 1961 starring Haley Mills as a pair of twins who accidentally meet when they are eleven years old. Their parents divorced when they were babies. They then connive to get their parents back together. This is classic Disney material and the formula can and does work very well indeed in this modern version. Heaven only knows how the special effects are done but I suggest that you just forget about that and settle back and enjoy the film. You won't have any choice anyway. I was convinced that the twins must have been played by real life twins and I'm sure that I won't be the only one to fall for that particular Parent Trap. Young Lindsay Lohan plays the girls, (both of them!) complete with fabulous accents, sunny bright and distinctive personalities, appealing red hair, freckles and a great sense of fun. One of the girls has become a Londoner and one a Californian and the girls also sport very commendable English and American accents, as well as composites of the two accents when the girls switch places. It's also pleasing to see young girls being given the sorts of lightly rebellious antics to frolic with as are usually reserved for young boys. The story begins in a New England summer camp where practical jokes are the go, although the film is careful to keep nastiness well out of the way. It would be hard to accuse Lindsay Lohan's twins of any serious crime in any case. The girls decide to switch places so they can each meet their Mum and Dad. In true Hollywood style both parents are rich and attractive and they of course each have hired help (Lisa Anne Walter and Simon Kunz) who are of course are going to fall in love. But then we must have the wicked stepmother and this is provided by Meredith, a gold digger who's out to score the very rich hand of Dad. She's played with appropriate relish by Sharon Stone look alike Elaine Hendrix. The story really revolves around the parents, played by Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid. We can settle back and wait for the inevitable to happen, because we just know that this is going to be one of those "happily ever after" efforts where Mummy and Daddy will again fall in love and properly become parents for these two very cute and loving girls. But along the way be prepared for some very solid laughs and a wonderfully animated and motivated lizard.


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