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The Parent Trap

Comedy . Family . Drama . Adventure

Hallie Parker and Annie James are identical twins separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. unknowingly to their parents, the girls are sent to the same summer camp where they meet, discover the truth about themselves, and then plot with each other to switch places. Hallie meets her mother, and Annie meets her father for the first time in years.

Actors: Lindsay Lohan , Dennis Quaid , Natasha Richardson , Elaine Hendrix , Lisa Ann Walter , Simon Kunz , Polly Holliday , Kat Graham , Lisa Iverson , Lisa Cloud
Directors: Nancy Meyers
Country: USA
Release: 1998-07-29
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  • Laura Shapiro

    This film has everything for the all-important female audience: feisty heroines, lots of slapstick, great clothes.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Jean Oppenheimer

    An engaging, family-oriented romantic comedy that should appeal as much to fans of the original movie as to viewers unfamiliar with the 1961 Hayley Mills version.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Irresistible family entertainment.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Lohan is sparklingly good as the look-alike little girls, and the movie as a whole has enough bounce and energy to overcome a few dull spots and a too-long running time.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    Ignoring these lapses in logic, The Parent Trap' is hugely enter taining and more relevant than most family entertainment.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The natural, pleasurable 1990s hipness [Lohan] brings to her assignment is therefore all the more impressive. Hayley-holics should be grateful to this new girl at camp too.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dave Shulman

    The rewrite went well, and the crew did a fine job; but you insult us, Mein Disney, serving up leftovers on such expensive china.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Richardson, who gracefully sways through a memorable drunk scene, and Quaid, whose megawatt smile has never been more dazzling, are disarmingly charming as the parents. And that's important; if the actors were any less engaging, the audience might not be so forgiving of their characters.

    Variety Full Review
  • Barbara Shulgasser

    Lindsay Lohan, 12-year-old veteran of commercials and television, is a frighteningly poised child who is truly impressive as the long-separated twins.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Ray Conlogue

    It's an enjoyable film, carried along by the perennial strength of the story... But it won't have the staying power of the original.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The technology for twinning a single young actress is considerably more seamless than it was in 1961, and Lohan is a perky charmer.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Young girls will enjoy Lohan's matchmaking antics. But nostalgia-craving oldsters should stick to fond memories of Hayley [Mills]'s heyday.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Hollis Chacona

    Vanilla and sweet, it's an overly generous helping that, if it doesn't make you sick, will put you in a good humor all day long.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There is still a self-consciousness and a forced quality to much of the humor that this TPT redux just can't shake.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

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

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    There's something too slickly contrived and hollow about this film. It's a yuppified wish-fulfillment piece dangling between real world and fairy tale, and it's mostly the actors --especially Lindsay and Elaine Hendrix (as the conniving publicist who is trying to marry Hallie and Annie's dad) -- who manage to bring it off. [29 July 1998]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
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