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The Parent Trap [Special Edition]

The Parent Trap [Special Edition]
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Reviewer:Adam Goldberg, Disney's original Parent Trap was a small but successful comedy that cleverly toyed with split-screen effects and launched the career of actress Hayley Mills. The 1998 version utilizes a strikingly similar story line, attempting to rearrange the puzzle pieces in a much more slick and stylish package. The film is refashioned by director Nancy Meyers and producer Charles Shyer, the dynamic duo responsible for Private Benjamin and the hilarious 1991 remake of Father of the Bride; unfortunately, this effort isn't nearly as engaging as their past ones. The remake of the Parent Trap is another example of Disney self-cannibalization for profit, but this updated film doesn't break any new and exciting ground. While budding young actress Lindsay Lohan gives an energetic performance and the split-screen "twin" effects are seamless, she uses an unconvincing British accent and fails to make Hallie and Annie seem like two different people. The Parent Trap does have sporadically amusing moments, however, most notably a farcical sequence in a hotel lobby. Meyers and Shyer are two filmmakers that specialize in warm-hearted domestic comedies, and although this Disney retread may be grating on adults, it is still a mildly entertaining family picture that will entertain young audiences. ~ Adam Goldberg, Rovi