The Parent Trap
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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.

July 29, 1998

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The Parent Trap

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"That girl is without a doubt, the lowest, most awful creature to ever walk the planet!" Annie shouts waking up at her camp to her room all messed up: strings tied up like spider webs, sticky glue and vegetable oil spilled all over the floor, her friends all wet with honey, hair covered with cream, and water balloon dropping from everywhere. This trap was all planned and done by Annie's biggest enemy, Hallie, who looks exactly like her. Annie lives in London with her divorced mother, a world famous wedding gown designer. However, she leaves for America for a summer Maine camp. In the camp, she meets a girl, Hallie, who lives with her divorced dad, a wealthy wine grower, in America. They loath and bully each other for looking identical, until they share a picture of their missing parent that fits together. After they realize that they are twin sisters who were separated at birth and raised separately, they plan to switch places to meet their previously unknown parents and to bring their divorced parents back together. After an intense training to learn one another's mannerisms, they head "home" and the ruse begins. The Parent Trap, a comedy family Disney movie made in 1998, is a remake of the 1961 family film of the same name. Both movies are based on the novel called the Lottie and Lisa. This movie ended up ranking #2 at the box office, which proves us that The Parent Trap is mesmerizing and enchanting. Its acting is very well done and special effects add to the interest of the story.

I believe that acting of the actors captivated people's mind the most. The act of Lindsay Lohan amazed me the most. Even in her young age, she acted both roles of Annie and Hallie, and I was absolutely convinced that Annie and Hallie were real twins. Her acting impressed me when she spoke both American accent and British accent accurately and fluently. Since Annie is from London, she spoke in British accent, and since Hallie lives in America, she spoke in American accent, and her accent made the twins more realistic and believable. But not only with the accent had she done excellent acting on British acting American and American acting British. Anthony Leong from states, "The dazzling centerpiece of this film is the disarmingly charming Lindsay Lohan who handles the material well, infusing the film with much of its spunk and charm." The support of Dennis Quaid, Hallie and Annie's father and Natasha Richardson's, Hallie and Annie's mother, genuine acting made it easier to drag people into the movie.Vince Leo from also writes, "But its infectiously sweet nature and good casting makes it a winner in the end."

Special effect took a very important role that made the film more successful and interesting. Whenever Annie and Hallie appeared on screen together, I honestly couldn't tell that Lindsay Lohan was acting both roles. Especially, when Hallie and Annie face the mirror at the same time, I couldn't stop wondering how Annie became Hallie. It turned out that they put actor in front of a blue screen and cut it out and placed it together. Even though it requires a lot of work, they used good body doubles on occasion and perfectly timed reaction shots. Vince Leo from states "But I doubt that it would have made the film any better.It's really a surprisingly well made film (plot conveniences notwithstanding) that could have gone wrong in so many different ways."

I have watched this movie more than about 30 times, and I enjoyed watching it every time. The Parent Trap is uncomplicated and inoffensive, which makes the movie more unique and fun to watch. Anthony Leong from writes, "Despite the shortcomings, this upbeat offering has enough wit, charm, shine, and contemporary sensibility to delight audiences. It's an entertaining family film that will easily put a silly grin on your face." Christopher Null from states, "It had the audience laughing, crying and enjoying every scene. THE PARENT TRAP deserves to be discovered for what it is: a great re-make of a great story about the need for parents and children to be together." Sometimes, we just need to take a break from this crazy world, get ready to put a silly grin on our faces, and watch how Annie and Hallie get to the conclusion. How would 11 year old twin sisters bring their mom from England and their dad from America back together?

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