Parent Trap, The

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +1

This updated remake of Disney's original 1961 PARENT TRAP movie is a fun, upbeat romantic comedy which will likely appeal primarily to young girls. But young boys, as well as adults, will like its humor and action sequences as well. Eleven year old Lindsay Loham steals the show playing the dual parts of twin sisters Hallie Parker and Annie James who have been separated since their parents divorced years ago. Annie has been living with her mother, Elizabeth James(Natasha Richardson), in London and Hallie has been living with her father, Nick Parker(Dennis Quaid),in Nappa Valley, California. The two girls meet at a girl's camp in the U.S. and develop a scheme which will bring their parents back together again. In the process, they get involved in some exciting adventures, including a camping trip in the wilderness with their dad and his new girlfriend(Elaine Hendrix) and arranging a romantic dinner for their parents aboard a luxury yacht. This is a clever, feel good comedy which will delight young and old alike.

Refreshingly, this remake has not been modernized to the point that it contains the foul language, sexual content and excessive violence of many modern day PG films. Instead, it portrays the twins as loving children who get along well with their responsbile, but divorced, parents. The twins have their flaws,though, as they play poker for money and Hallie pierces Annie's ears for earrings which might encourage girls in the audience to do the same. One of the twins refers to the f word, but honestly explains this stands for "father" to her.However, the film contains no foul language or sexual content, although one remark implies that the butler and nanny caring for the girls may have had an overnight affair. Wine is served at several meals, and one of the girls tastes the wine once. In line with current trends, the twins use the exclamation "Oh My God" many times. The flaws in Parent Trap are disappointing, but minor, so we have given this reasonable decent film a qualified positive rating.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Several(9) Times - Regular,Twice(God);Exclamatory 7(Oh My God, My God)

Violence: Several Times-Moderate(Girls engage in sporting fencing duel, girls hit by water baloons and covered with sticky substances,chocolate dumped on counselors)

Sex: None, but overnight affair implied in dialogue

Nudity: None, but implied when nude girl jumps in lake at night.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once-Woman mentions man's chest hair

Drugs: Few Times-Woman gets drunk on airline,women shown at bar, young girl tastes wine

Other: Young girls play poker for money, girl pierces other girl's ear for earrings,f word honestly mentioned as referring to 'father', slang word 'sucks' used, woman scared by lizard placed on her.

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Teens

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