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The Parent Trap (1998) Review

The Parent Trap – The classic 90s Disney live action movie that introduced Lindsay Lohan. A surprisingly fun and lovingly made remake of the original 1961 picture.

I got this movie as a recommendation from one of my guards at the pool this week. I was more or less forced to watch it because I had nothing else in the queue to post about this week. However, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. One of my guilty pleasure movies is the Steve Martin Cheaper by the Dozen, which is truly an awful movie but it’s so nostalgic for me. As a member of a large family, I felt that movie really captured the chaos and teamwork of it all very well.

The Parent Trap has that similar feel and there’s a weird 90s nostalgia associated with this as well. It had classic Disney energy to the core. A lot of that energy comes from Lindsay Lohan, who played both twins with impeccable skill. Also, the CGI was near seamless. I tried REALLY hard to spot how it was done because it looks better than a lot of modern day 2022 CGI. I laughed a lot more than I thought I would and really just enjoyed the carefree nature of it all.

The Parent Trap is available to stream on Disney+.

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Dylan M.
Dylan M.

Dylan created Movies Not Films as a fun project to stay occupied during the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He started with a simple movie diary on a spreadsheet and eventually transformed it into MoviesNotFilms.com with a robust catalog of reviews, suggestions, and ranking lists. Currently living with his now-fiancé and two dogs, Dylan has a full time career but still makes time to watch all the latest movies and most of the new TV shows.

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