A heart-warming story of how two young girls try to make their family whole again.

Directed by – Nancy Meyers | Romance, Comedy | PG-13 | 2h 08 min

11-year-olds Hallie and Annie (Lindsay Lohan) are a pair of identical twins separated at birth, each belonging to a single parent. When they finally meet each other for the first time at a summer camp, they decide to switch identities to meet the parent they have never met, and to bring the family back together again.   

Watch if

  • You like romantic comedy
  • You are watching with your family
  • You are in the mood for a light-hearted movie

Skip if

  • You don’t like classic movies
  • You prefer heavy plots

My Take

I really like this movie ever since I first saw it when I was a child. This is one of my favourite childhood movies, even until now my family and I re-watch it on movie night. It’s just a very fun movie, the type you would enjoy on a weekend with family and friends gathering around. It is very light-hearted, smooth-sailing, with the occasional funny and romantic scenes that keep you on board until the end of the movie.

The movie first introduces Hallie, a mischievous California girl that lives with her father, Nick Parker (Dennis Quaid) a vineyard owner. Annie on the other hand appears to be more disciplined and organised, lives in London with her mother Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson), a wedding dress designer. You can predict the girls didn’t get along very well at first, playing unrealistic pranks on each other. You’ll know what I mean by unrealistic when you watch it, but I think this is part of the charm. When they find out they are twins, they decided to swap identities and reunite their parents.     

 the parent trap scene   

The main star is, of course, Hallie and Annie played by Lindsay Lohan. If you are a fan of Lohan and you haven’t watched this movie, you should definitely watch it. This is the breakthrough role(s) that brought her to where she is today. Her performance as both Hallie and Annie impresses me as you can tell which character she is at that moment. Not too subtle, not over-doing it, just plain natural acting.       

As the movie focuses on the topic of divorce and reconciliation, it tackles a very important issue a lot of people can relate to today. Everybody fantasizes about having the perfect family; some are lucky to be born into one while others have parents living separately. It has always been a little girl or boy’s dream to bring their parents back together somehow, hoping for the perfect happy family. This is why I think movies like this are so real – they really make you think that maybe a happily ever after is not just a fairy tale.

Remember though, that it is a Disney movie, so it’s not supposed to be deep and dark. But then again, I’ve always thought that Disney movies contain hidden messages and teaches a lot on the values of life. Having said that, it solely depends on how you view the movie. For me, I will just enjoy the ride, quoting every classic line and obsessing over the combination of Oreos and peanut butter.

the parent trap oreo and peanut butter scene

What do you think of this all-time favourite childhood movie? Is it too good to be true for you?