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"The Parent Trap'' is based on story elements so ancient and foolproof, they must have their roots in Shakespeare's day: the twins changing places, their divorced parents falling in love again, and, for low comedy, their servants falling in love, too. And of course there's a wicked would-be stepmother lurking about. It's the stuff of Elizabethan comedy, resurrected in modern times as the British film "Twice Upon A Time'' in 1953, and in the classic 1961 film "The Parent Trap.'' The story is ageless and so is the gimmick: The twins are played by the same actress, using trick photography. Hayley Mills did it in 1961, and Lindsay Lohan does it this time, seamlessly. Although I was aware that special effects and over-the-shoulder doubles were being used, I simply stopped thinking about it, because the illusion was so convincing. One twin is American, one is British, but even their accents don't help us tell them apart, since half of the time they're pretending to be each other.

"I'll teach you to be me, and you teach me to be you,'' one twin says, after they meet by chance at summer camp and realize that they've been raised separately by divorced parents. It's a splendid story premise, but in a way, the switch is just the setup, and the real story involves the parents. They're played by Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson , who bring such humor and warmth to the movie that I was amazed to find myself actually caring about their romance.

The three important supporting roles are also well-filled. Plump, spunky Lisa Ann Walter plays the nanny and housekeeper on Quaid's spread (he runs a vineyard in the Napa Valley), and bald, droll Simon Kunz is Richardson's butler (she's a trendy London fashion designer). Elaine Hendrix , coming across a little like Sharon Stone , is the snotty publicist who plans to marry Quaid--until the parent trap springs. She has a thankless role--the only person in the movie we're not supposed to like--but at least they don't make her just stand there and be obnoxious. She gets to earn her stripes in a camping trip during which she demonstrates, once and for all, that she is not the ideal wife for Quaid.

A movie like this has to cover a lot of ground, in several different locations. That's why good casting is so important. There's not time to establish the characters carefully, so they have to bring their personalities along with them almost from the first shot. Quaid is instantly likable, with that goofy smile. Richardson, who almost always plays tougher roles and harder women, this time is astonishing, she's so warm and attractive. The two of them have a conversation over an old bottle of wine, and, yes, it's cornball--but quality cornball, earning its sentiment.

Movies like this remember how much fun escapism can be. The film opens with Quaid and Richardson falling in love on the QE2 and being married mid-Atlantic. The film includes the kind of summer camp where when the kids play pranks, it looks like they had the help of a platoon of art directors and special-effects coordinators. And of course both parents live in great houses: Richardson in a London town house with sweeping staircases and Architectural Digest interiors, Quaid in a Napa ranch home with a shaded veranda.

The key task is to make the double photography of the "twins'' work. All kinds of tricks are used, and of course the techniques are more advanced than they were in 1961, but since you can't see them anyway, you forget about them. Lindsay Lohan has command of flawless British and American accents, and also uses slightly flawed ones for when the girls are playing each other. What she has all the time is the same kind of sunny charm Hayley Mills projected, and a sense of mischief that makes us halfway believe in the twins' scheme.

The movie was directed by Nancy Meyers and produced by Charles Shyer ; they wrote the script with David Swift . Meyers and Shyer have specialized in light domestic comedies ("Baby Boom,'' "Father Of The Bride''), and they make this into a good one--a family picture that's not too soppy for adults. My only reservation involves the ear-piercing scene, which I suspect will lead to an epidemic of do-it-yourself home surgery.

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The Parent Trap (1998)

Rated PG For Some Mild Mischief

124 minutes

Dennis Quaid as Nick Parker

Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth James

Directed by

  • Nancy Meyers
  • David Swift
  • Charles Shyer

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By Janet Maslin

  • July 29, 1998

The lavish, super-cute new version of ''The Parent Trap'' is a remake of the 1961 Hayley Mills hit, which was seriously adorable in its own right. Remember, it's the story of twins who have been separated at birth and find themselves reunited at a summer camp, in this case 11 1/2 years later. On the evidence of this film's materialistic daydreams, which are extravagantly illustrated by the ''Father of the Bride'' team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, the twins' parents have spent all of the intervening time shopping. And wasted no time on remorse.

The twins, Hallie and Annie, are both played with take-charge gusto by red-haired Lindsay Lohan. Miss Lohan, a Ford model at 3 and then a very busy 10-year-old on ''Another World,'' plays the dual role with apparent effortlessness and with so much forcefulness that she seems to have been taking shy violet lessons from Sharon Stone.

Trading off English and American accents, and flouncing through about as many costume changes as there were in ''Evita'' (both films have the same costume designer, Penny Rose), Ms. Lohan easily makes it credible that the two girls could switch places and hornswoggle their credulous parents. Somehow, in ways the film hasn't a prayer of explaining, their mother (a radiant Natasha Richardson) and father (Dennis Quaid, heartily paternal) have not spoken since their no-fault divorce, which left not a single hurt feeling or child support fight in its wake.

Clearly, fantasy is the order of the day. So this ''Parent Trap'' discovers, when the girls switch identities, that neither of them has been living in a coal mine. Dad's place is a Napa Valley vineyard with a conspicuous art collection, while mother resides in London and designs chic bridal gowns. (The film manages to incorporate Ms. Lohan into a fashion shoot.) That's nothing. There are also trips to a picture-perfect camp and elaborate promotions for one hotel and one ocean liner worked into the story.

When they try throwing their parents together on a reunion date, the girls rent a yacht, prompting Mr. Quaid's character to articulate the film's great, unspoken question: ''So, how exactly are we paying for all this?''

Ms. Meyers, who directed this film exuberantly and who with Mr. Shyer also has such gilded fantasies as ''Baby Boom'' to her credit, does make it easy to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story's good cheer. The story incorporates every known creature comfort and a couple of very likable supporting characters (Lisa Ann Walter as the wisecracking cook and housekeeper who runs Dad's life, Simon Kunz as Mother's butler) and only one amusing villain. Elaine Hendrix plays the fashionable witch who threatens to marry the girls' father and break up their newfound happiness. But from the time the twins start calling her Cruella De Vil, it's clear that her fate is sealed.

The visual illusion that Ms. Lohan is actually two characters has been accomplished so seamlessly that it barely diverts attention from one of the film's greatest passions, its product plugs. Visible brand names and logos are too many to mention, but one standout is the scene in which the girls discuss how much they like Oreos, and one says she enjoys these cookies with peanut butter. Sure enough, out comes the jar of Skippy.

''The Parent Trap'' is rated PG (Parents strongly cautioned). It includes mild cussing, spirited practical jokes and one ill-advised scene in which one twin tries out amateur ear-piercing on her sister.

THE PARENT TRAP

Directed by Nancy Meyers; written by David Swift, Ms. Meyers and Charles Shyer; director of photography, Dean A. Cundey; edited by Stephen A. Rotter; music by Alan Silvestri; production designer, Dean Tavoularis; produced by Mr. Shyer; released by Walt Disney Pictures. Running time: 128 minutes. This film is rated PG.

WITH: Lindsay Lohan (Hallie Parker and Annie James), Dennis Quaid (Nick Parker), Natasha Richardson (Elizabeth James), Lisa Ann Walter (Chessy), Simon Kunz (Martin) and Elaine Hendrix (Meredith Blake).

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Although they don't know it, twin sisters Hallie and Annie (both played by Lindsay Lohan), were separated at birth by a divorce. When the two accidentally meet at summer camp, and figure out their relationship, the pair decide to try and trap their parents (Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid) back into marriage.

Release date July 29, 1998

Run Time: 127 minutes

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If you’ve never heard of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, you probably don’t stick around to read movie credits. This producing and directing team are about the only people I know of who are capable of taking an old movie and making it better. Remember the new Father Of The Bride and its successful sequel starring Steve Martin? They masterminded those films, and not only improved upon the original, but put new life into Martin’s career. Disney’s new remake of its classic Parent Trap couldn’t have been put into better hands.

Twin sisters, Hallie and Annie (Lindsay Lohan), are separated at birth by a divorce. Ten years later they meet at camp, not knowing they are related. But the discovery soon happens, and now their goal is to bring mom (Natasha Richardson) and dad (Dennis Quaid) back together. So they agree to switch places, and go home to meet the “other” parent. However, a crisis looms when Annie discovers her father has a fiancee and the impending marriage is just two weeks away.

A few sexual comments, an overabundant use of alcohol (Quaid’s character owns a vineyard), and terms of Deity used as expletives are the movie’s major shortcomings for family viewing. However, it redeems itself by showing the damage caused by the real parent trap: Divorce. By working together and sacrificing for each other, the characters in The Parent Trap may help remind some parents that children always lose in divorce.

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Same as before..., deft touch with remakes.

Parent Trap, The (United States, 1998)

It never fails to amaze me that something as essentially light and pointless as Disney's remake of The Parent Trap can clock in at over two hours in length. This is one of those movies that has difficulty sustaining any kind of comic or dramatic momentum for 90 minutes, so the final half-hour turns into a real endurance contest. Of course, the original The Parent Trap , a 1961 film that pushed all the same "cute" buttons, was saddled with virtually the same bloated running time, which offers a partial explanation as to why Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer felt they had to confine audiences to their seats for so long.

I'm not sure how or when the first The Parent Trap was elevated to the Disney-proclaimed status of "a classic," since it's just another dated example of the family-friendly, creatively-barren pabulum that the studio turns out with regularity. The film was popular enough with kids to warrant three made-for-TV sequels (all starring Hayley Mills). Now, with a completely new cast and the remake team of Meyers and Shyer ( Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II ) behind the camera, Disney is once again engaging in a process that their live-action division thrives on: self-cannibalization. And it wouldn't be so bad if any of these second-chance movies were actually good.

The story, which stays pretty close to the original, doesn't break into new (or, to be frank, interesting) territory. It also has a premise that stretches a willing suspension of disbelief past the breaking point (more on that later). The film opens with a brief sequence in 1986 that shows a well-dressed couple romancing each other on the Queen Elizabeth 2 . Cut to a summer camp in Maine, 11 years and 9 months later. Hallie Parker (Lindsay Lohan) has arrived there from her home in Napa, California, where she lives with her single father, Nick (Dennis Quaid). Another of Camp Walden's summer visitors, Annie James (also Lohan), has come all the way from England, where she lives with her single mother, Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson). It turns out that Hallie and Annie are dead ringers, and, after a brief period of one-upsmanship that escalates into a prank war, the two girls bond. In the course of cementing their friendship, Hallie and Annie make the remarkable discovery that they are actually twin sisters. They then decide that, when camp is over, they will switch places so that each can meet the parent they don't know with the eventual goal of getting Mom and Dad together again.

Consider, if you will, the reason why Hallie and Annie have never met: because Nick and Elizabeth, shortly after the birth of the twins, split up and agreed that each of them would take one child, and there would be no further contact between the two halves of the broken family. To accept this premise, you have to swallow two gargantuan contrivances:

1. A parent would be willing to give up a beloved child to an ex-spouse and would agree to never attempt to contact that child in the future, and 2. The children, who are obviously terminally incurious, would never be told that they are one half of a matched set.

Of course, the problem with this is that it's not remotely credible, even in the context of a lightweight fantasy. And believability isn't the only problem. This solution paints Nick and Elizabeth as self-centered ogres who are more concerned about staying away from each other than with the well-being of their offspring. Of course, that isn't how Disney wants us to think about these two, but cheerful performances by Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson can't obscure the basic facts. And it's equally odd that Hallie and Annie, upon figuring out their parents' duplicity, don't show even the slightest sign of resentment.

Unless it's in deference to the fact that Hayley Mills played both girls in the first The Parent Trap , I have no idea why the film makers decided to cast a single child, rather than real twins, as Hallie and Annie. While there's no denying that young actress Lindsay Lohan has spunk, she's not terribly effective in the dual role. Her performance is awkward and unsubtle -- she relies on an unconvincing British accent to cue us in to which girl she's playing at any given moment. While the photography used to create the illusion of twins is seamless, Lohan never persuades us that Hallie and Annie are different people, since she plays them both in the same way.

For those in search of a silver lining to the cloud that is The Parent Trap , look no further than the supporting cast. Simon Kunz, who portrays Elizabeth and Annie's butler, Martin, steals every scene he's in, and is the movie's one source of constant entertainment. Kunz, who has had bit parts in a few other films ( Goldeneye , Four Weddings and a Funeral ) gives an inspired, and occasionally hilarious, performance. Other players include Lisa Ann Walter as Chessy, Nick and Hallie's housekeeper, and Elaine Hendrix as the cold-as-ice Meredith, a gold-digger who's out to marry Nick to gain access to his check book. (Cutting out this irritating subplot would have reduced the running time to something more reasonable.)

The one thing that The Parent Trap has going for it is that it is cute and sporadically funny. However, unless you're an eleven year-old girl (the obvious target audience), neither of those qualities is reason enough to see the film. I admit to having laughed on several occasions, most notably during a well-timed sequence when characters are just missing each other in a hotel lobby. But, in an overlong production like this, such effective scenes are like comic oases in a desert of tedium. The Parent Trap is another lackluster entry into Disney's ever-growing library of unnecessary remakes.

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Walt Disney Pictures’ new feature “The Parent Trap” tells the tale of identical twin sisters, separated shortly after birth by the break-up of their parents. “His and hers” kids, the twins are raised on different continents by their two successful parents. Hallie (LINDSAY LOHAN) is growing up in Napa Valley with her vineyard-owner father, Nick Parker (DENNIS QUAID). Annie (also LINDSAY LOHAN) is raised in fashionable London by her mother, Elizabeth James (NATASHA RICHARDSON), a renowned wedding gown designer. Unaware of each other’s existence, fate intervenes when the girls coincidentally meet at summer camp in Maine. Eager to meet their respective parents, the girls devise a scheme to switch places and ultimately, reunite their mom and dad. Their plan takes on urgent proportions when they learn their father has fallen for the young, beautiful and opportunistic Meredith Blake (ELAINE HENDRIX), in Walt Disney Pictures’ romantic comedy, “The Parent Trap.”

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The Parent Trap makes for an interesting film to watch, due to the fine acting by Lindsay Lohan in her first feature film as she plays twins Annie and Hallie, as well as good performances from Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid. In addition, the plot is a rather interesting one. It is interesting to watch the camp scenes as the girls meet for the first time and begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together as to why they resemble one another so strongly.

There are some minor issues which are listed below, the worse being one of the twins sampling a very small drink of wine with her family present. Due to a few instances such as this, we approve the film for ages twelve and above.

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A girl plays a prank and puts syrup and shaving cream and other items on other girls and the floor at camp at night; girls remove woman from camping site on foam bed and place her and the foam mattress in the lake.

Kissing in a few scenes; passionate in a couple of them. One character places his hand on a woman’s lower back.

G/OMG-9; Su*ks-1

Some consumption of alcohol; one twin takes a small sample of wine; a woman who is a passenger takes some drinks of vodka while in the car.

Cleavage; a man in a bikini; a man’s bare chest and legs; a twin loses a bet and must jump into the lake naked but nothing is revealed.

Girls play poker; some girls lie a few times to cover up a prank and to fool their parents. The truth does come out; a woman lies on the phone.

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Rating is wrong, strangely more inappropriate than i remembered.

Mentions sex. Drinking and smoking. Lying and tricking parents. Pranking.

SO FOR KIDS

Best option, to introduce your children to romantic films., longer than necessary but sweet, funny family movie, not for young kids.

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It's just great romantic comedy writing.

Full Review | Original Score: A | Mar 12, 2019

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There is a reason the original Parent Trap has stood the test of time. It's sweet without being sucky, and incredibly sophisticated for what is, ostensibly, a kids' movie.

Full Review | Aug 22, 2017

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A nice and charming family comedy. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review | Sep 2, 2016

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Hayley Mills rocks in her dual role as twins.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jan 1, 2011

Surprisingly, the film is delightful-mostly because of 15-year-old Hayley Mills, the blonde button nose who played the endearing delinquent in Tiger Bay.

Full Review | Mar 9, 2009

An enjoyable, corny Disney picture with a memorable soundtrack featuring tunes sung by Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Mar 9, 2009

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...irrelevant and dated...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Dec 6, 2005

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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Oct 15, 2005

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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 10, 2005

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Easily one of the best Disney live-action films, with Mills shining in a dual role.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jul 18, 2005

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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Jan 27, 2005

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Full Review | Original Score: 1/5 | Jun 25, 2004

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Oct 17, 2003

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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Aug 16, 2003

The story has been filmed three times...This is the best of them, thanks largely to Mills's natural comic charm.

Full Review | Jul 8, 2003

Pretty good family film. Helps that Hayley Mills was my first crush, when I was 10 years old.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Apr 14, 2003

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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 30, 2002

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Probably the most entertaining of all Disney live action films of its era

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Aug 7, 2002

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...a delightful, juvenile, romantic-comedy romp, and, yes, maybe it works for adults, too.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | May 15, 2002

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Great production values... and a surprising sense of humor

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | May 5, 2002

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The Parent Trap 2 Is Facing 2 Unavoidable Problems (But It Could Still Work)

  • The Parent Trap 2 would miss the point of the first movie by having Annie and Hallie, now adults, try to fool their parents again.
  • The challenge of bringing back Elaine Hendrix's character, Meredith Blake, presents a significant obstacle to The Parent Trap 2.
  • A potential twist in The Parent Trap 2 could involve Annie and Hallie swapping places again, this time with their own families, but would require a believable and engaging story.

The Parent Trap 2 seems likely now thanks to Lindsay Lohan’s return and the ongoing legacy sequels trend, but it’s facing two unavoidable problems. Lindsay Lohan rose to fame in 1998 when she starred in Disney’s The Parent Trap as twins Annie and Hallie. Directed by Nancy Meyers, The Parent Trap is a remake of the 1961 movie of the same name and an adaptation of the 1949 novel Lisa and Lottie , by Charles Shyer. The Parent Trap was a critical and commercial success, launching Lohan’s career and turning her into one of Disney’s most promising young actresses.

The Parent Trap follows Annie and Hallie, twins who were separated shortly after their birth as their parents divorced: Annie was raised by her mother, and Hallie by her father. After casually meeting at summer camp and learning the truth about their family, they decide to swap places to get their parents back together, but they weren’t counting on their father being about to marry a young woman named Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix). Although a sequel to The Parent Trap never happened , talks about it have resurfaced, and while a sequel faces two huge problems, it could still work with a twist.

The Parent Trap Cast - Where Are They Now?

It's been over 25 years since The Parent Trap premiered and Lindsay Lohan made her movie debut. What are she and the rest of the cast up to now?

The Parent Trap 2 Would Miss The Point Of The Movie

The title trick cant be replicated now.

The charm of The Parent Trap is the whole, elaborate plan that Annie and Hallie come up with to reunite their parents. It’s not just changing places but learning to be the other in just a couple of weeks before summer camp is over, and it’s a very entertaining process to watch. The expectation of whether or not Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson) and Nick (Dennis Quaid) would notice their daughter wasn’t the one they raised kept The Parent Trap interesting and exciting, and the quick thinking and unbelievable plans Annie and Hallie came up with were very unique to their age.

Adults Annie and Hallie trying to fool their parents again wouldnt be believable, and theres another obstacle there as Natasha Richardson passed away in 2009.

As mentioned above, a sequel to The Parent Trap never happened, but the recent legacy sequels trend has sparked conversation about a possible continuation. Speaking to ExtraTV in May 2024, Lisa Ann Walter, who played Hallie’s nanny Chessy, revealed she had talked to Lindsay Lohan’s publicist about The Parent Trap 2 , as Lohan is now doing Freaky Friday 2 and there’s a possibility that The Parent Trap 2 could happen now. However, The Parent Trap 2 would completely miss the point of the first movie and the title of both, as Annie and Hallie are now adults.

Adults Annie and Hallie trying to fool their parents again wouldn’t be believable, and there’s another obstacle there as Natasha Richardson passed away in 2009. Pulling off another plan to fool their parents wouldn’t be believable as they have all gone through that already, and it would be strange to see Annie and Hallie as adults trying to do something like that again , thus completely missing the point of the movie.

The Parent Trap 2 Needs Meredith Blake But Can't Bring Her Back

Meredith blake was key in the parent trap.

Walter said that not only is Hendrix her best friend but also Mean Meredith needs to have redemption , which isnt exactly true.

Walter not only mentioned that Chessy would have a role in The Parent Trap 2 , but she also wants to bring Elaine Hendrix back. Walter said that not only is Hendrix her best friend but also “‘ Mean Meredith’ needs to have redemption ”, which isn’t exactly true. Hendrix’s Meredith Blake was a 26-year-old publicist from San Francisco who had been working with Nick to supposedly help his business as he was a vineyard owner – however, what Blake truly wanted was to marry Nick for his money , and once married, she would send Hallie to boarding school.

Meredith Blake was an entertaining villain to watch as Annie and Hallie pulled some great pranks on her, but she was also a bad person who would be hard to redeem.

Of course, what Meredith wasn’t counting on was Hallie having a twin and them coming up with a plan to get their parents back together, adding more chaos to her life. Meredith Blake was an entertaining villain to watch as Annie and Hallie pulled some great pranks on her, but she was also a bad person who would be hard to redeem.

Meredith Blake can’t really return in The Parent Trap 2 as either a redeemed character (as it wouldn’t be believable nor would it be fun) or as a villain, as everyone now knows what her real intentions had always been – and yet, a sequel would be weird without her after her unforgettable role in the first movie, proving that The Parent Trap 2 ’s biggest enemy is all the time that has passed since the first movie came out.

The Parent Trap 2 Can Give The Title A Fun Twist To Make It Work

A twist to the title could give annie & hallie a new story.

Annie and Hallie could swap places once more, this time so they could be with the others family.

Annie and Hallie wouldn’t be able to fool their parents again in The Parent Trap 2 nor would they have to deal with Meredith Blake again, but the movie could give its title and premise a twist. Annie and Hallie could have their own families now, giving The Parent Trap 2 a chance to have them swap places once more, this time so they can be with the other’s family.

Of course, the challenge with this twist is coming up with a believable and engaging story for Annie and Hallie to do the swap again now as parents. The Parent Trap 2 ’s biggest challenges are a result of all the time that has passed since the release of the first movie, and if the sequel moves forward, it would be a huge risk.

Source: ExtraTV .

The Parent Trap (1998)

Director Nancy Meyers

Release Date July 29, 1988

Cast Maggie Wheeler, Simon Kunz, Lisa Ann Walter, Polly Holliday, Lindsay Lohan, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix, Dennis Quaid

Runtime 128 Minutes

The Parent Trap 2 Is Facing 2 Unavoidable Problems (But It Could Still Work)

The Parent Trap (1998)

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  • Sex & Nudity (6)
  • Violence & Gore (8)
  • Profanity (1)
  • Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (10)
  • Frightening & Intense Scenes (3)
  • Spoilers (2)

Sex & Nudity

  • Mild 62 of 131 found this mild Severity? None 55 Mild 62 Moderate 7 Severe 7 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
  • After losing a card game Annie is forced to jump into a lake naked. We only see her from the shoulders up and the knees down as several campers catcall her as she walks down the dock. At one point she is also seen fully nude but only in silhouette. Some girls take her clothes after she dives into the water. Edit
  • Meredith partially unbuttons Nick's shirt while sitting on his lap. Edit
  • Martin is briefly shown wearing speedo style swim trunks. Edit
  • Meredith wears multiple "sexy" outfits. Edit
  • An 11yo girl asks her divorced mother if working with wedding gowns every day doesn't make her think of getting married, or at least think of "the F-word". The interchange causes shock and surprise in her mother until the girl explains that the "F" is for "father." Edit
  • A man is showing a woman a bottle in his wine collection and say, "I think my sister was conceived on a bottle of this." Edit

Violence & Gore

  • None 50 of 67 found this to have none Severity? None 50 Mild 16 Moderate 1 Severe 0 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
  • Two young girls push a woman out onto a lake on an inflatable mattress while she's asleep. She wakes up in a panic the next morning and falls into the water. (Played for laughs). Edit
  • After falling into a lake Meredith angerly storms up to Nick kicking over a coffee pot and yells at him. Edit
  • Nick is bumped into a swimming pool. Edit
  • A girl pierces another girl's ears by holding an apple slice behind her ear and poking a sharp needle all the way through. There is no blood, but a lot of screaming. Edit
  • Two girls are in an intense fencing match and one of them falls into a horse trough. Edit
  • A group of girls pull a prank on their rival cabin at a sumer camp they cover them with whipped cream, honey, fake spiders etc. Edit
  • The girls are all panicking when they wake up. One girl has several water balloons dropped on her head as she gets out of bed. Two women then plan to inspect the cabin as the other girls try to stop them when they enter a bucket of chocolate syrup spills on their heads and they slip across the floor which is covered in cooking oil. One of them grabs onto a ceiling fan pull which covers them with feathers. This scene is meant to be comical, but it may be considered bullying to some viewers. Edit
  • A lizard crawls into a woman's mouth. She screams and spits it out. This can be gross but mostly hilarious. Edit
  • None 47 of 60 found this to have none Severity? None 47 Mild 11 Moderate 2 Severe 0 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
  • "OMG" is exclaimed a number of times throughout (usually by the two sisters). Edit

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Mild 52 of 68 found this mild Severity? None 11 Mild 52 Moderate 4 Severe 1 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
  • A stressed mother puts a cigarette in her mouth (she doesn't smoke it). Edit
  • A mother walks down Abbey Road with her daughter smoking a cigarette. (Likely to mimic Paul McCartney on the cover of the Abbey Road Album.) Edit
  • A girl says her grandfather smells like pipe tobacco Edit
  • A girl says that her grandfather smells of pipe tobacco. Edit
  • A man drinks a martini. Edit
  • Some adults drink wine throughout the film. Edit
  • Two women have a drink together at a bar. Edit
  • An 11-year-old girl takes a sip of wine (legal in England) and describes its taste. In a later scene, she falls completely off her chair while trying to lean over and see something. When her mother asks if she's all right, the child jokes "I had one sip too many, I guess!" Edit
  • A mother becomes intoxicated on a plane, makes references to vodka. She stumbles around drunk in a hotel lobby, crashing into people. Her daughter witnesses this and alerts her nanny that her mother has only had one glass of wine in her entire life, up until now. Edit
  • Nick Parker is the owner of a wine brand and vineyard, making wine have various appearances throughout the movie. Edit

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • None 52 of 59 found this to have none Severity? None 52 Mild 7 Moderate 0 Severe 0 We were unable to submit your evaluation. Please try again later.
  • Meredith has a plan to ship the twins off to boarding school and is very rude and condescending towards them Edit
  • A young girl pierces another young girl's ears with an apple wedge and a sharp needle. A match is lit, and the flame is placed against the end of the needle before the procedure is done. No blood is shown, however there is a shot of the needle visibly being placed into the girl's ear lobe, and there is a lot of screaming. Edit
  • During a camping trip, two young girls drag a sleeping woman to a lake, while still on her mattress. They push the mattress into the lake, with her still asleep on it. She wakes up the next morning screaming and falls into the lake. It is intended to be funny, however. Edit

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  • Not only is the girls' father revealed to be a wine maker, he also collects wine. Edit
  • Lenguaje español latino. Edit

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