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A Creator/{{Disney}} live-action film that has been filmed twice. The original starred Hayley Mills and yielded three sequels which are hard to fit into one continuity (and are [[FirstInstallmentWins pretty much forgotten about]]). The remake starred a [[SheReallyCanAct (surprisingly brilliant)]] young Creator/LindsayLohan, Dennis Quaid, and the late, marvelous Creator/NatashaRichardson.

Twin sisters have been separated nearly at birth when their parents divorced. The year their father is considering remarrying, the sisters meet each other at summer camp. On meeting, they plot to get their parents back together, a plot that involves each pretending to be the other. HilarityEnsues.

The movie is based on a 1949 book, ''[[Literature/LottieAndLisa Das doppelte Lottchen]]'', which has also been filmed as ''Das doppelte Lottchen'' (a version that retains author Erich Kästner as narrator and uses actual twins), ''Twice Upon a Time'' and ''Hibariís Lullaby'' (a Japanese telling).
!! ''The Parent Trap'' provides examples of:


[[folder: Both Movies]]
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins
* ButtMonkey: The fiancée in both versions.
* CoolOldGuy: The grandfathers in both films.
* CoordinatedClothes: The twins wear matching outfits several times, sometimes to confuse the others about which twin is which. When the mother sees both her daughters for the first time since their separation, each is dressed in yellow and white. She tells them not to do this to her because she's already seeing double and asks who is who.
* {{Disneyfication}}: The original story was far more serious than the Disney movies--the father was distant, the mother was a wreck, and one twin falls ill.
* DontSplitUsUp
* DisproportionateRetribution: Hallie/Susan manages to very much overreact and initiate all the fights in both films.
* DivorceIsTemporary: The twins actively invoke this.
* EscalatingWar: The prank war between the twins.
* EvilDetectingDog: Susan isn't exactly evil, but Sharon's dog still figured out that she's an impostor much earlier than the father and the maid do. The same happens in the remake.
* FieryRedhead: The first movie has the [[MaureenOHara Mother]] and Sharon's camp friend Ursula. The second movie has both Annie and Hallie, especially at camp.
* FirstFatherWins: Gender Inverted. Both MaureenOHara and NatashaRichardson get back the guy, while the GoldDigger runs off in defeat.
* GoodLuckGesture: Both versions of have a special gesture. They cross fingers (for luck) on both hands, with arms crossed (symbolizing the girls' Twin Switch). It was used much more in the original Haley Mills film.
* GuessWhoImMarrying
* HardWorkMontage: The twins use this to give each other information and mannerisms they'll need to remember when visiting the other parent.
* HilarityEnsues
* HisAndHers: Discussed trope. Once they discover each other, neither twin is happy that in the original divorce, the twins were treated as "his and hers", as if they were a set of matched towels.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The father in both versions toward his gold digger fiancé. She is extremely rude to not only the girls, but also his ''housekeeper.''
* {{Identical Twin ID Tag}}s
* ImportantHaircut: Susan gives one to Sharon in the 1961 version and Hallie does the same to Annie in the 1998 version.
* {{Infodump}}: For everyone who is involved in the main plot.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Lampshaded.
* KarmaHoudini: The parents in both versions, who pay for willingly denying their children the chance to know about one another and having multiple family members and friends lie to them for years by being reunited as a couple and a family.
* NoSympathy: In the 1961 version, Susan and her bunkmates slip into Sharon's cabin and trash the place while Sharon and her bunkmates are asleep. Even though the damage is clearly the work of saboteurs, Sharon and her bunkmates are punished for having a messy cabin. The 1998 version makes more sense, with the cabin sabotage being the climax of the prank war that gets them both in trouble.
* NowYouTellMe: A lot of characters find things out the hard way.
* OffToBoardingSchool: What would have happened if the fiancee married the father.
* OneTruePairing: established in-universe, between Maggie [=McKendrick=] and Mitch Evers in the original, and Elizabeth James and Nick Parker in the remake-the daughters' reason for the trap.
* ParentTrapPlot: The TropeNamer.
* ParentWithNewParamour
* RemakeCameo: Joanna Barnes played Vicki Robinson (the fiancee) in the Hayley Mills version and Vicki Blake (the fiancee's mother) in the Lindsay Lohan version.
* RichBitch: The fiance in both versions. She serves the role as GoldDigger and ChildHater.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: The father in both versions.
* RuleOfPool: The father
* SeparatedAtBirth
* SettingUpdate: Both films move the setting to contemporary America.
* SiblingTeam: Once the girls discover they're sisters.
* SolomonDivorce: One of the best-known examples.
* TheTalk: The first movie has Maggie cancel a very important meeting with the Red Cross because she's afraid her daughter might want to have sex and takes her for a picnic to have that woman-to-woman talks. Meredith gives one to Annie (as Hallie), albeit about using sex appeal.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sharon is a girly girl, having been raised as a child of Boston high society; Susan is the tomboy. In the remake, there's the determined American, Hallie Parker, and the proper Brit, Annie James.
** TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Susan remarks she feels just "naked" without her lipstick and doesn't usually dress any more boyish than Sharon; Hallie has pierced ears and nail polish; both are adept in homemade haircuts.
* TwinSwitch
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Wondered by both maids about the GoldDigger dating the Father, not that the Father is ugly, but he's usually a Regular Joe and isn't very witty or "one of those charm fellows", think [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Leonard Hofstadder]] if he was a wealthy rancher.
* ZanyScheme

[[folder: The Original Version]]
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: With stop-motion.
* ArtisticLicenseMusic: Hayley Mills is not moving her fingers when playing guitar Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Then on "Let's Get Together" her strumming does not match the music (in addition to not moving her fingers).
* ColonelBogeyMarch: The other girls at the camp whistle this as the twins are escorted to the Isolation Cabin.
* CoolOldGuy: Dr. Mosby, the preacher, he is utterly charmed by Maggie.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The [[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:5193MGB6N8L.jpg case]] of the WaltDisneyHomeVideo/VaultDisneyCollection DVD seems to place ''too'' much emphasis on the parents, to the extent that the movie seems more like an oddly-titled adult romance than a kid-centric comedy.
* DoomedNewClothes: Susan's new dress is ruined by Sharon as part of their prank war.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Mom punches Dad [[EyeScream in the eye]]. What he says after being punched suggests she'd done stuff like that to him when they were married: "[[MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication Why do you have to get so physical? Can't even talk to you about anything, you're always trying to pelt me with something]]."
* ForegoneConclusion: The opening credits tell us the story in clay animation.
* FriendshipSong: "Let's Get Together" is this for the original film.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Hayley Mills plays two Americans from vastly different regions of the United States. From character to character and scene to scene, her accent veers from flat-voweled generic American to vaguely British and back again.
* PantyShot: From one of the pranks during the dance, when Sharon surreptitiously cuts the back off the skirt of Susan's party dress.
* TheRemake: The third adaptation of the same book, Erich Kästner's ''Das doppelte Lottchen'', and thus can itself legitimately be described as a ForeignRemake.
* ShoutOut: The title sequence references Creator/StanFreberg's "John and Marsha" skit twice.
* TakeThat: A subtle one to Boston when Susan finds out that Sharon knows nothing about TeenIdol Ricky Nelson and asks if she's from outer space, Sharon replies where she's from and then Sharon snootily replies as though that explains everything; likely more to the Boston elite being very out-of-touch with social changes and fashion.
* VinylShatters: When the girls upset the table with the records while fighting.

[[folder: The 1998 Remake]]

* AbbeyRoadCrossing: A second-long freeze frame as "Here Comes The Sun" plays in the background.
* AdaptationExpansion: The orginal movie ended with Mitch and Maggie falling back in love.
* AdultsAreUseless: What kind of summer camp are the Marvas running? There was a for profit poker game taking place after lights out in a cabin, a girl allowed to go skinny dipping after dark, allowing a prank war to continue for as long as it did, allowing and apparently not noticing or questioning one camper who had her hair cut overnight as well as having her ears pierced.
** Not to mention the pointless punishment of the isolation cabin.
** And the fact that the Marvas seem to be the ''only adults in the whole camp''
* AuthorAvatar: Annie and Hallie were named after director NancyMeyers and producer Chuck Shyer's daughters
* BigEater: Hallie, but not Annie. [[spoiler: This, (along with Sammy the dog barking and growling at "Hallie") makes Chessy realize the truth]]
* BilingualBonus: Annie takes news of her father remarrying so harshly, she rants in French.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The soon-to-be-[[WickedStepmother Step-Mom]] for Hallie.
* BookEnds: As part of Creator/AlanSilvestri's score, short, dramatic instrumentals of "Let's get together, yeah, yeah, yeah," accompany both the opening Walt Disney Pictures logo and the last few seconds of the end credits.
* BritishStuffiness: One of the twins is American and the other is British. Guess which is the proper one and which is the spunky one.
* CampStraight: If Martin doesn't qualify, we don't know who does. (see LittleBlackDress below)
* CountryMouse, CityMouse: Hallie is the Country Mouse coming from a vast vineyard in Northern California while Annie is the City Mouse coming from downtown London. Played with, though, in that Annie adjusts very well to camping in the forest. Meredith however is a much straighter City Mouse, coming directly from San Francisco.
* TheDitz: Both Marvas are quite bubble brained.
* EvilDetectingDog: In addition to the example listed in the top folder, Hallie's dog barks at Meredith in the hotel.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: As noted under BilingualBonus.
* FourthDateMarriage: Elizabeth and Nick, both times.
* GilliganCut:
--> '''Elizabeth:''' (to Hallie) You're not to worry, okay? \\
(cut) \\
(to Martin) I'm sorry! I can't handle this!
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: The StripPoker payoff at camp.
* GrayRainOfDepression: When it looks like the plan has failed and the two families part, it's pouring down rain in California when Elizabeth and Annie leave and in London when they arrive.
* GroundedForever: "We've been grounded till the end of the century." Which would have been much more threatening if the movie wasn't released in the Summer of 1998, but then again, "grounded till the end of the century" was most likely an exaggeration.
* HateAtFirstSight: Hallie and Annie hate each other from the moment they first see each other and see they look exactly alike.
* HeavySleeper: Annie and her bunkmates. The girls from Hallie's cabin booby trap Annie's cabin while Annie and her cabinmates were asleep. This included pouring honey on one girl, shaving cream on another, stringing the entire cabin, placing water balloons to fall on the girls, and placing feathers on the top of the ceiling fan so that they would float down when the fan was turned on, which was also booby trapped by pulling on a certain string. That had to take hours and involve ladders moving around the cabin.
** Justified with Meredith on the camping trip. She stated she was going to take a sleeping pill.
* HideousHangoverCure: Elizabeth panicked during the flight and drank everything in sight, so this was necessary.
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Nick Parker. Annie lampshades this.
* IntimateOpenShirt: Meredith suggests Nick wear his shirt with three buttons undone.
--> "I like it when I can see a little chest hair" *Cue* {{Sexophone}}.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Elizabeth may not drink much, but she's a total lightweight.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: The bartender's HideousHangoverCure tastes and looks like tar.
* KindlyHousekeeper: Chessy, when she finds out, wants to coddle Annie and tries to cook everything in the kitchen for her
* LampshadeHanging: The last line of dialogue in the film is Hallie exclaiming, "I can't believe we actually did it!"
* LittleBlackDress: Martin, Elizabeth's butler and friend, suggests she take one on the trip to see Nick and switch the girls back. She's actually wearing it when they all go out to dinner.
* LogoJoke: The Walt Disney Pictures logo is accompanied by an orchestral version of an excerpt from "Let's Get Together" from the original movie.
* TheMagicPokerEquation
* {{Montage}}s: The movie makes liberal use of them:
** See HardWorkMontage in the "Both Movies" folder.
** Hallie's first day in London has at least two.
** At the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Elizabeth and Nick remarry, Martin proposes to Chessy, and Chessy says yes.]]
* MythologyGag: A few sentences from "Let's Get Together" song (made famous in the Hayley Mills version) are hummed/spoken by Lindsay Lohan at one point.
** Meredith's mother is not only named Vicki, but played by the same actress as her from the original movie, Joanna Barnes.
** Mildred, Annie's pretend friend who is a cover for Hallie, is a possible reference to Haley Mills.
* NiceToTheWaiter:
** Chessy and Martin are like family to their respective employers. Averted with Meredith who treats Chessy like a talking dog who would be summoned with a bell.
** Chessy is even treated nicely by Elizabeth who was intoxicated at the time of their meeting again after years apart.
--->''' Chessy:''' ''[upon seeing Elizabeth after so many years]'' Hi, you probably don't remember me. I...\\
'''Elizabeth:''' ''[gives her a kiss on the cheek]'' Chessy!\\
'''Chessy:''' I knew I always liked her.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Hallie, an energetic 11-year-old, is shown running several minutes through the streets of London in a series of {{JumpCut}}s to reach a phone booth away from the house to make her phone call. Her elderly grandfather shows up outside the phone booth less than a minute behind her and he's not even breathing hard.
* OldManMarryingAChild: Used as an indirect accusation, delivered with SugaryMalice. When Nick tells his daughter that Meredith is about to become part of the family, she surely understands right away that he's talking about marriage. However, she pretends to innocently misunderstand him and get all ecstatic about how he's finally getting one more daughter by adopting her.
** A similar line happens in the original version ("I always wanted a sister!") but doesn't have the same insinuation as that version of the fiancee clearly looked like an adult.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Happens to both Hallie and Annie, more often to whoever has a British accent at the moment. Often it's the In-Character version of the trope. Lohan had to play four accents -- American, British, American pretending to be British, and British pretending to be American. The latter two had accents slipping. Lohan does a remarkable job in the scene at the hotel where she's basically playing four characters at once - Hallie, Annie, Hallie pretending to be Annie and Annie pretending to be Hallie. She switches up the accents just enough to do exactly what Hallie and Annie were after (confuse the heck out of Mom and Dad).
* ParentalSubstitute: Chessie acted like a second mother for Hallie and Martin acted like a father to Annie. Makes sense seeing as how they were certain that the girls would never meet their other parent.
* ParentsKnowTheirChildren: Sort of--the father looks each twin in the eye and declares which one is Hallie; however, it's not made clear if he's right, since the twins keep playing up the charade and make him question his own judgment.
* PetHomosexual: Meredith's sassy gay assistant: "Ooh, Ice Woman!"
* TheRemake: Of the 1961 film (see above).
* TheReveal: In-universe, several times: first Hallie and Annie to each other (twice), then Annie to Chessy, then Hallie to her grandfather, then Hallie to her mother. And then Elizabeth dealing with the additional reveal of Nick's engagement to Meredith.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: When Elizabeth is getting emotional about the thought of meeting Nick for the first time after so many years, she spouts off several of these to Martin--as well as insisting him not to answer any of them.
* SandInMyEyes: Elizabeth is pleased that Nick still remembers the wine from their first wedding.
* SceneryPorn: Hallie arriving in London is of course an excuse for plenty of shots of the various landmarks. To a lesser degree, Annie arriving in California.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: When Hallie pierces Annie's ears, and when the girls drag Meredith's mattress into a lake.
* ServileSnarker: Nick's housekeeper, Chessy, and Elizabeth's butler, Martin. They also become attracted to each other [[LoveAtFirstSight at first sight]] and end up being the BetaCouple.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Nick has a reaction like this when Elizabeth gets dressed up for the dinner on the ship because he's only seen her half hungover though of course the audience has seen her looking flawless before.
* ShesGotLegs: Discussed about both Elizabeth and Meredith:
** Martin suggests a LittleBlackDress for Elizabeth with her legs.
** A very drunk ("totally zonked!") Elizabeth attempts to get out of the cab at the hotel feet first, showing serious leg.
--> '''Martin''': Other end, Madam.
** After seeing Nick in the elevator, his arms wrapped around a young lady, Elizabeth refers to her as "luh-GHEE", the British pronunciation of "Leggy".
* ShipperOnDeck: Chessie and Martin.
* ShoutOut:
** Meredith is called [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella DeVil]] several times.
** "The man went completely ashen, like I was the bloody [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ghost of Christmas Past]]!"
* ShutUpKiss: [[spoiler: Nick to Elizabeth as they get back together at the end]].
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
** One of the first signs that something is funny about them is the fact that both of them like to eat Oreos topped with peanut butter, which everybody else seems to find disgusting for some odd reason; (try dipping Oreos in peanut butter yourself; they actually go quite nicely together. Yum!)
** More so because both Oreos and peanut butter are far less commonly sold in Britain than they are in America. So the fact that the English-raised Annie likes that particular combination would be rather unusual...
* SwordFight: Hallie and Annie's first meeting is through an absurdly over-the-top "fencing match" at camp. The girls have fencing masks on as a way to save on special effects, to cover the faces of the stunt people, and for the big reveal that they both look alike when they take the masks off and face each other.
* TakeAThirdOption: When Chessy welcomes Annie!Hallie home, Chessy asks her if she'd like to eat lunch after upacking, before unpacking, or-to Annie's surprise-''while'' unpacking.
* TheTalk: Meredith tries to give it to Annie!Hallie, but she's more knowledgeable about it than she realises.
* TemptingFate: Annie waking up at the cabin disaster dodges several water balloons. "Gosh she didn't get me." and smiles with satisfaction. Then a HUGE water balloon falls on top of her soaking her.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Hallie is sporty, outdoorsy and sassy, but also really likes her funky nail polish and accessories.
* VillainousBreakdown: Meredith has one after being pranked by the twins and Nick dumps her.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Meredith after Nick dumped her?
* WiseBeyondHerYears: Annie is definitely more savvy than her eleven years would lead one to believe. She guesses right away that Meredith is a GoldDigger.
* WritersCannotDoMath: The summer camp the girls go to lasts eight weeks, and the post-camp portions of the film probably take up about two weeks at least. British summer holidays usually don't last that long, meaning Annie should be back at school.
* YouAreGrounded: After the girls scare Meredith off.
--> [[GoToYourRoom Up to your room]]. Now.
* YouthfulFreckles: Annie and Hallie have these, Lindsay Lohan's own.