The Parent Trap (1998) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –

Lindsay Lohan is currently one of the most notorious celebrities that the world has ever known. Believe it or not, there was actually a time in which Lindsay Lohan was not the infamous actress that she is today. That is because she actually had a great start to her career in a Disney remake of a beloved classic. The Parent Trap (1998) is actually a wonderful remake of one of the greatest live-action films that Walt Disney produced personally.

A Toast

This is actually a very funny and modern Disney film (especially since it updates the original film rather than simply remaking it). Lindsay Lohan actually does a fantastic job as the two twins even though Lohan herself lost her childlike innocence in real life. The Parent Trap also features great performances from Dennis Quaid and the late Natasha Richardson (and her passing remains one of the most tragic incidents for a major Hollywood star). This film is also a great example of how an ensemble cast came together to honor the Disney legacy while also making a Disney classic feel contemporary. This film was also so successful during its original release that it actually came in at #2 at the box office when it premiered on July 29, 1998, just behind Saving Private Ryan. Never underestimate the power of Disney magic!

Beer Two

On a side note, this film also features a lot of inappropriate content. For example, the girls at the summer camp do horrendous things to each other (and it almost feels like a “Disney-fied” version of Girls Gone Wild). The film also exhibits displays of affection between the adult characters that some real-world adults might not want their children to see. And unfortunately, Lindsay Lohan actually does some crude behavior in this film (which might have foreshadowed her recklessness that makes her the person that she is today as of 2018). That’s just life, though, so maybe Disney is not that innocent after all.

Verdict

As of 2018, Disney had made numerous remakes/reboots of its film, including the upcoming live-action version of Aladdin set for release in 2019. Maybe people debate on whether or not the originals are better, but it is fortunate to know that Disney is willing to create family entertainment in multiple variations. Let’s just be glad that all of these films exist in the first place because remakes (and their originals) can introduce a new generation of film lovers to the magic of Disney. Cheers to the house that Walt built!

The Parent Trap (1998) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time the twins create confusion since that is a major plot element within this film and the original version

Drink a Shot: every time Hallie and Annie refer to Meredith as “Cruella de Vil”

And Have Some Wine: every time the film features vineyards in the Napa Valley scenes and whenever wine is mentioned throughout the film

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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