The Parent Trap is the remake of the 1961 movie not coincidentally called The Parent Trap. This time around, not much is different, which forces the question of why? And why not just re-release the classic original on the big screen?
Nevertheless, even if this remake is really a true copy of the original, it isn't that bad watching. Lindsay Lohan, who plays both twins Hallie and Annie, starts out a little rough but finds her place once her significant other (in this case, herself). One interesting twist is that one of the twins is British (correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe that either of the twins in the original were British), so that is one extra thing (along with cutting the hair and piercing the ears) that the girls need to work about before trading places. Lindsay does a good British accent, but the only annoying thing is that both twins seem to have no problem talking in whichever accent they choose.
Those who can remember the original (I vaguely remember) will notice a lot, if maybe too many similarities... The summer camp, the pranks, the switching of roles, the plan to reunite the parents, and the camping trip. The only thing left out is the musical segment, which might be for the better (although one of the twins does hum the song while entering an elevator).
There's nothing really wrong with this newer version, but it doesn't seem updated enough to account for the creation of a whole new movie. In every respect, the original The Parent Trap is a better movie to watch. In fact, if someone wants to see a newer, updated version of The Parent Trap, they should see It Takes Two.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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