DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT: The Parent Trap (1998)

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BY KENDALL ERICKSON

What it’s about: Two girls meet at summer camp and are shocked to find that they look exactly alike. They soon discover that they are actually twins who were each raised by one of their parents after they separated when they were born. In the hopes of getting to know their parents better, the girls switch places and devise a scheme to try and get them back together.

Who’s in it: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix and Lisa Ann Walter

When it came out: 1998

How come you haven’t heard of (or just seen) it: I think I can safely assume that most people have at least heard of this movie. If not the movie, or the 1961 original, they are at least familiar with the story. You may have never seen it if your parents never bought you the VHS or if you didn’t have the Disney Channel. (Trust me, this movie was on there a lot after its theatrical release.) Additionally, this was Lindsay Lohan’s first movie, long before she went… erm… crazy. So, at the time, you had a leading actress that no one had ever heard of, making this movie an easy one to pass by.

Why you need to watch it immediately!: Like I said earlier, this was Lindsay’s first movie–and she is excellent in it. (Not to mention the fact she was only 11!) She has a dual role in the film, playing both twin girls (one of whom is British) and she does it quite convincingly. After all, this was the movie that made Tina Fey want to cast her in Mean Girls. (Especially when she found out that Lindsay played both of the leading characters.) It’s a cute, feel-good family movie that will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling, like so many of the older live-action Disney movies used to.

kendallA student at Dalhousie University, Kendall is a musical theatre geek and a huge fan of singing in the shower. She is a bookworm, musician and that person who literally cries during every chick flick.

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