The Parent Trap

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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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User Ratings: 530,750

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Movie Info

In this update of a 1961 film, twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them. The preteen girls' divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson), are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After meeting at camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they've missed. If the scheme works, it might just make the family whole again.

Cast & Crew

Lindsay Lohan
Hallie Parker, Annie James
Dennis Quaid
Nicholas "Nick" Parker
Natasha Richardson
Elizabeth "Liz" James
Elaine Hendrix
Meredith Blake
Polly Holliday
Marva Kulp, Sr.
Maggie Wheeler
Marva Kulp, Jr.
Ronnie Stevens
Grandpa Charles James
Erin Mackey
Hallie, Annie Acting Double
Erich Kästner
Writer
Alan Silvestri
Original Music
Dean Cundey
Cinematographer
Stephen A. Rotter
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Critic Reviews for The Parent Trap

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (7)

  • 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…
  • New pic is slick, sentimental and exceptionally well cast, with enough cross-generational appeal to suggest strong commercial potential.

    July 6, 2010

    Joe Leydon

    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…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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    April 12, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
    Globe and Mail
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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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Richardson and Quaid, who is beginning to resemble Harrison Ford in his rumpled mode, have great chemistry. It's a shame it takes so long for the movie to bring them together to demonstrate it.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Parent Trap

  • Oct 25, 2012
    Very fun with a quirky spin on it, Lindsay Lohan does an outstanding job playing two roles.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I always liked this film, it was innocent and fun, it was a cute movie and I miss Linsey Lohan like this, before she went downhill.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    It's a fun movie with an interesting history and a fresh result.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    I always liked this film, it was innocent and fun, it was a cute movie and I miss Linsey Lohan like this, before she went downhill.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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