Parent Trap

Theatrical Release: July 29, 1998
DVD Release: May 31, 2005
Parent Trap


Walt Disney Pictures’ new feature “The Parent Trap” tells the tale of identical twin sisters, separated shortly after birth by the break-up of their parents. “His and hers” kids, the twins are raised on different continents by their two successful parents. Hallie (LINDSAY LOHAN) is growing up in Napa Valley with her vineyard-owner father, Nick Parker (DENNIS QUAID). Annie (also LINDSAY LOHAN) is raised in fashionable London by her mother, Elizabeth James (NATASHA RICHARDSON), a renowned wedding gown designer. Unaware of each other’s existence, fate intervenes when 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. Their plan takes on urgent proportions when they learn their father has fallen for the young, beautiful and opportunistic Meredith Blake (ELAINE HENDRIX), in Walt Disney Pictures’ romantic comedy, “The Parent Trap.”

Dove Review

“The Parent Trap” makes for an interesting film to watch, due to the fine acting by Lindsay Lohan in her first feature film as she plays twins Annie and Hallie, as well as good performances from Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid. In addition, the plot is a rather interesting one. It is interesting to watch the camp scenes as the girls meet for the first time and begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together as to why they resemble one another so strongly.

There are some minor issues which are listed below, the worse being one of the twins sampling a very small drink of wine with her family present. Due to a few instances such as this, we approve the film for ages twelve and above.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing in a few scenes; passionate in a couple of them. One character places his hand on a woman's lower back.
Language: G/OMG-9; Su*ks-1
Violence: A girl plays a prank and puts syrup and shaving cream and other items on other girls and the floor at camp at night; girls remove woman from camping site on foam bed and place her and the foam mattress in the lake.
Drugs: Some consumption of alcohol; one twin takes a small sample of wine; a woman who is a passenger takes some drinks of vodka while in the car.
Nudity: Cleavage; a man in a bikini; a man's bare chest and legs; a twin loses a bet and must jump into the lake naked but nothing is revealed.
Other: Girls play poker; some girls lie a few times to cover up a prank and to fool their parents. The truth does come out; a woman lies on the phone.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: Erich Kästner and David Swift and Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer
Director: Nancy Meyers
Producer: Charles Shyer
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 127 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter