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The Parent Trap (1998)."Now that's my kind of woman."

This week, it's Lindsay Lohan's first movie and we're seeing double. Double the trouble and twice the fun with the Parent Trap from 1998. We discuss horrible parenting, heartstring pulls, comparisons to the original film, the iconicness of Meredith Blake and the hotness of Chessy.


 

Storyline :When two pre-teens named Hallie and Annie meet at summer camp, their 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 on 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 inform their guardians of the swap while at a hotel in San Francisco, which later reunites the divorced pair and they remarry.


Directors: Nancy Meyers


Writers: Erich Kästner...(book) David Swift...(screenplay) andNancy Meyers...(screenplay) & Charles Shyer...(screenplay)


Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Natasha Richardson, Dennis Quaid and Elaine Hendrix


Awards: 2 Wins & 7 Nominations


Film Budget: Unknown

Gross Worldwide: $92,108,659



 

We had some minor disagreements about the musical selections in this film but Kat thinks it bangs. D thinks its wayyyy too dated and full of overused movie songs. Thoughts? Do these tracks have you longing for your summer camp days or roaming the fictional Parker Knoll or are they duds?












 

Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.

  1. Actress Joanna Barnes played the "wicked girlfriend" in The Parent Trap (1961) and plays the mother of the wicked girlfriend in this version. In the 1998 version, the wicked girlfriend's name is Meredith, rather than Vicky. Joanna Barnes' character, as the mother, in this new Parent Trap is still named Vicki, however.

  2. The lost boy who shows up at the girls' camp is played by Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan's real-life brother. Lindsay's siblings regularly appear as extras in her movies.

  3. An oddity for a Disney film, this one shows a mother smoking a cigarette and getting deliberately drunk.

  4. When Annie says good-bye to her butler, she says she'll see him in eight weeks. When Annie is driving back home with her father she says camp was eight weeks' long. However, when Hallie is talking to her mother at the dinner table, Elizabeth says camp was six weeks long.

  5. The scene where Annie is sitting down about to get her hair cut, she obviously has holes in her earlobes, when in fact Hallie pierces Annie's ears after her haircut.


 

Both this version and the classic Parent Trap with Hayley Mills are available on Disney+


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