UPB Movie: Celebrate Family Bonds with 'The Parent Trap'

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 9:02 PM
UPB Movie: Celebrate Family Bonds with 'The Parent Trap' by Andy Vest
The movie starring Lindsay Lohan in both lead roles went on to become a commercial hit, cementing its position as a ‘classic.’

Spring break is coming up next week and most of us will be returning home to see our families. Family bonds help mold us into who we are and what we will become, something that is found proudly in next week’s UPB movie.

“The Parent Trap” (1998) is a remake of a film of the same name (1961), which originated from a German novel by Erick Kästner, titled “Das doppelte Lottchen” (“Lottie and Lisa”).

The film marks Lindsay Lohan’s film debut, playing identical twins Hallie Parker and Annie James. Hallie and Annie are separated at birth when their biological parents separate, while then discovering that the other exists when they bump into each other at summer camp. They create a plan to bring their father, a wine grower living in Napa Valley, Nick Parker (Dennis Quaid), and mother, famous wedding dress designer from London, Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson), back together, to become a happy family.

The twins decide to switch places to finally meet the other parent. As a joke of the film, every time one of the twins does something out of the ordinary, such as Annie (as Hallie) going off on a rant in French, results with them saying they learned it from summer camp.

The movie is filled with fun, exciting and memorable pranks played by the 11-year-old twins, particularly involving their father’s girlfriend and gold digger, Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix). One famous moment is when they decide to push her out onto the lake while she is passed out on an inflatable raft.

Another unforgettable moment is when Hallie decides to cut Annie’s hair and then in a cringe-worth fashion, takes a needle — sterilized by a match — an ice cube, and an apple to pierce her sister’s ear.

Also adding to the magic of this family movie is the supporting cast. Annie and her family’s butler, Martin, has some fun moments with his handshake with Annie and his interest in Hallie’s nanny, Chessy.

A Disney film is nothing without having some attempt at creating tear-jerking moments. The one that sticks out the most is the scene between Annie (as Hallie) and Chessy (Lisa Ann Walter). After 11 years of not seeing Annie, Chessy has discovered her secret and begins to breakdown in happiness, resulting in her wanting to make a special dinner for her and ending with, “whipping up everything we’ve got. Okay?”

Each of us can find somebody to relate to in this film. Some of us come from a home where our parents separated. Some of us are single children who long for a sibling. Some of us have a family with a sibling and both parents. And some of us have a family that is made up of people not related by blood. No matter what kind of family you belong to, at some point through the three acts of the film, each of us should clearly see the magic of family on the screen.

This is what makes this Walt Disney Pictures film the next in line for the classics series here at Edinboro University. Starting next week on Wednesday, March 2, “The Parent Trap” will be airing at the Frank G. Pogue Center at 5 p.m.

“I have a brilliant beyond brilliant idea!” Before you burn yourself out with studying for exams or other campus activities, consider taking two hours to sit back and relax and discover why this movie from 18 years ago is still a fun and loving flick.

Andy Vest is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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