The Parent Trap (1998)

The Parent Trap



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

Walt Disney's The Parent Trap tells the tale of identical twin sisters, separated shortly after birth by the break-up of their parents. Unaware of each other's existence, 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.

Rating: PG (for some mild mischief)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Nancy Meyers, David Swift, Charles Shyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 1999
Walt Disney Productions


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as Elizabeth James

as Hallie/Annie

as Meredith Blake

as Martin

as Marva Kulp Sr.

as Marva Kulp Jr.

as Grandfather James

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as Vicki Blake

as Jackie

as Lost Boy at Camp

as Navajo Bunk Girl

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as Cell Phone Girl

as Cell Phone Girl

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as Girl at Poker Game

as Girl at Poker Game

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as Camp Counselor

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as Fencing Girl

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as Photographer

as Bridal Gown Model

as Richard, Meredith's...

as Bellhop with Flowers

as Hotel Bartender

as Lady at Pool

as Desk Clerk

as Ship Photographer

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as Living Statue
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Critic Reviews for The Parent Trap

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

The light comedy is sweetly timed, the direction smart and assured, and the visuals bright, colourful, unobtrusive and faultless.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Movies like this remember how much fun escapism can be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Romance, comedy, adventure and charm come through loud and clear in this highly entertaining remake.

Full Review… | April 13, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Parent Trap


Surprisingly cute movie and well done. My daughters loved it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Before Lindsay Lohan was in bad trouble she was an adorable 12 year old who had a promising future and Hallie and Annie, twins in this great remake of the original Parent Trap. Dennis Quid is adorable, Natasha Richardson is beautiful, Lisa Ann Walter who plays Chessi is awesome and I adore Martin (:

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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