The Parent Trap

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"Caught in a merry marital mix-up!"
  • PG
  • 1961
  • 2 hr 9 min
  • 7.2  (23,706)
  • 73

The Parent Trap is a 1961 American romantic comedy film directed by David Swift and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film is based on the German novel Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner, which was adapted into an earlier film of the same name in 1950. The Parent Trap stars Hayley Mills in a dual role as identical twin sisters, Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick, who were separated at birth after their parents' divorce. Susan grew up in California with their mother, Maggie (Maureen O'Hara), while Sharon lived in Boston with their father, Mitch (Brian Keith). The girls are unaware of each other's existence until they meet at Camp Inch, an exclusive summer camp in Maine.

At first, the girls dislike each other and engage in pranks and arguments. However, they soon discover that they are sisters and devise a plan to switch places in order to meet their other parent and try to reunite them. At camp, they learn about each other's lives and come up with a plan to switch places so that each girl can spend time with the parent she has never met.

Susan travels to Boston to meet her father, while Sharon goes to California to meet her mother. The plan is complicated when both girls fall in love with their new parent's romantic partner. Susan falls for Mitch's fiancée, Vicky (Joanna Barnes), while Sharon falls for Maggie's fiancé, Brian (Leo G. Carroll).

As the girls try to set things right, they also navigate their own relationships and personal growth. They discover their shared interests and talents, and they work together to try to bring their parents back together. The film features several iconic scenes, including the girls' elaborate scheme to switch places, a camping trip, and a comical dinner party where the truth about the girls' identities is revealed.

Overall, The Parent Trap is a heartwarming family comedy filled with memorable moments and beloved characters. Hayley Mills shines in her dual role as the two sisters, and Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith bring depth and humor to their roles as the parents. The film's theme of family and reconciliation resonates with audiences of all ages and has made it a beloved classic among Disney films.

The Parent Trap is a 1961 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 9 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 73.

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    7.2  (23,706)
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