Flashback: late 90’s. I’m lying down on the couch, facing the television – chin on palms, feet up, and all. Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan are on the screen, 90s split screen effects applied. Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson (R.I.P.) are caught in a boat together by two 12 year olds. The Parent Trap was my childhood movie, and it will forever be my childhood movie.
Now, I’m lying down in my condo in Pasig. Once again, chin on palms, feet up, and all. This time, I’m staring at my laptop screen, watching my old VCD copy of The Parent Trap. It feels amazing to be a kid again.
Nostalgia aside, The Parent Trap is one movie that I will never get tired of. From the childish antics and Rube Goldberg devices, every single scene never makes me bored. The plot is about a pair of twins that have been separated at birth to L.A. and London because of their parents’ divorce. Eventually, they meet in a camp and decide to switch places. They eventually plan a way for their parents to meet again, but there is a large pothole in their plan: their dad is engaged to his hot blonde publicist, but he doesn’t realize it. When they meet, the girls successfully shoo away the evil gold digger, and reconcile with his ex-wife. And they all lived happily ever after.
Lindsay Lohan’s performances here as the British Annie James, and the American Hallie Parker were amazing. She pulled it off so well and even though there were times that felt like the editing was choppy, Lohan was able to show the scene as if her doppelganger was there with her. Also, accents.
Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson did spectacular performances as the twins’ parents. They made a great couple, and their chemistry with Lohan was perfect for their roles.
Elaine Hendrix’s egotistical portrayal of the evil gold digger was also brilliant. Her selfish and arrogant portrayal made me loathe her as a kid. Lisa Ann Walter and Simon Kunz play as the nanny of the American family and the butler of the British family, respectively. They were the comedy reliefs and played it to the bone. They were especially hilarious after they met and fell in love.
Overall, The Parent Trap is rated A for Awesome. Truly my childhood movie.
I seem to feel a lot of nostalgia recently in my Pasig condo. I just can’t help it I guess. I’ve just moved into the Rochester not so long ago. I can say that it feels just like home, just without parents and add a hundred percent of freedom!