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The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap (1998)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 7

Writer-director Nancy Meyers takes the winning formula of the 1961 original and gives it an amiable modern spin, while young star Lindsay Lohan shines in her breakout role.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

Writer-director Nancy Meyers takes the winning formula of the 1961 original and gives it an amiable modern spin, while young star Lindsay Lohan shines in her breakout role.



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The husband-and-wife team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, who scored with their 1991 remake of the 1950 Father of the Bride, returned for this updating of the 1961 comedy about twins who hope to bring their divorced parents back together. Sheyer and Meyers stayed close to the original screenplay by David Swift, based on Erich Kastner's book Das Doppelte Lottchen. At a summer camp in Maine, 11-year-old Hallie Parker (Lindsay Lohan) meets Annie James (also Lindsay Lohan). Despite a curious


Comedy, Kids & Family

Nancy Meyers, David Swift, Charles Shyer

Mar 16, 1999

Walt Disney Productions

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This 1998 romantic comedy mostly bores with its cumbersome exposition and close-ups of trivial objects scattered throughout lackluster montage sequences.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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New pic is slick, sentimental and exceptionally well cast, with enough cross-generational appeal to suggest strong commercial potential.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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The light comedy is sweetly timed, the direction smart and assured, and the visuals bright, colourful, unobtrusive and faultless.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Movies like this remember how much fun escapism can be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Romance, comedy, adventure and charm come through loud and clear in this highly entertaining remake.

April 13, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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The technology for twinning a single young actress is considerably more seamless than it was in 1961, and Lohan is a perky charmer.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The whole thing is pleasant enough -- provided you can suspend your disbelief for long enough to accept that all English people talk in plummy accents, swan around Kensington and have butlers.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Delightful remake is great for the whole family.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Even if you've seen and enjoyed the original Parent Trap, this 1998 update should make you happy all over again.

May 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Agreeable remake of the 60s Disney hit.

December 29, 2003
Nitrate Online

A light-hearted Disney remake...Lohan makes an impressive debut.

November 25, 2003
Kansas City Star

...exactly the sort of easy-going, endlessly engaging family film that seems to have become an unusually rare breed in this day and age.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Lohan is cute and charming, as would be expected, but she also brings a street-savvy quality to both her roles, and distinguishes them well enough for us to tell the difference, even if no one in the movie can.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The Parent Trap is a nice, old-fashioned movie.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

You probably won't be missing out if you don't see this film but if you do, you'll spend a pleasant time.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Affirms the ideal of family ties as one of the pre-eminent virtues of our times.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A delightful remake hits the screen that is every bit as fun and entertaining as the Hayley Mills original

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Lindsay Lohan shines in the dual role of twin sisters Hallie Parker and Annie James, separated at birth, they find each other at summer camp.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

a perfectly pleasant experience, thanks largely to newcomer Lindsay Lohan, who capably assumes a dual role as American-raised Hallie Parker and London-based Annie James.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Natasha Richardson, usually known for tougher roles, is enormous appealing as the vulnerable albeit successful woman, Dennis Quaid's grin is as fetching as ever, and Lindsay Lohan turns in a striking turn with flawless British and American accents.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The spunky Lindsay Lohan, the lead in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap is one of the best new actresses in years.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Parent Trap

This remake is a lot like the original, except of course it tries to modernize the story, make it more realistic for today's audience. It's good, actually, but it will never be as good as the original, of course.
November 21, 2011

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    1. Hallie Parker / Annie James: I'll take a whack at it!
    – Submitted by Freya K (15 months ago)
    1. Hallie Parker / Annie James: Where is it?
    – Submitted by Donna M (18 months ago)
    1. Hallie Parker / Annie James: That girl is without a doubt, the lowest, most awful creature that ever walked the planet!
    2. Hallie / Annie (Acting Double): Thank you, thank you very much.
    – Submitted by Isabella M (23 months ago)
    1. Hallie Parker / Annie James: Do you know the real difference between us?
    2. Hallie / Annie (Acting Double): Let me see, I have class and you don't?
    – Submitted by Isabella M (23 months ago)
    1. Chessi: Can I hug her?
    – Submitted by Bobby J (2 years ago)
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