** The parents. In both movies, they were people who got divorced and, to make it easier on ''themselves'', decided that each would only get custody of one child and never mention the existence of their sibling.
** Hallie in the remake comes quite close as well. She initiates all the arguments (pulling Annie into the water, stealing her clothes), behaves like a spoiled brat in the isolation cabin and forces Annie to deal with all the drama surrounding Nick's relationship with Meredith because she wants to spend more time with her mother. And there's the fact that Annie is forced to both cut her hair ''and'' get her ears pierced, all Hallie has to do is change her accent.
* EarWorm: The original movie has "The Parent Trap" and "Let's Get Together," two of the first songs that Music/TheShermanBrothers wrote for a Disney movie.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Children of divorced parents can, through hilarious hijinx, remind their parents that they love each other and get them back together. Therefore, you children of divorced parents out there in the audience, if your parents remain divorced, it's ''your fault for not trying hard enough to get them back together.''
* FridgeHorror: Exactly how many relatives were aware of what the parents had done and were forced to keep it a secret? Even the servants and staff knew and had to keep quiet about it.
* FanDisservice[=/=]FetishRetardant: The appearance of the Butler in the LindsayLohan version, wearing a Speedo.
* FirstInstallmentWins: The Hayley Mills version had three sequels, the last one coming just nine years before the Lindsay Lohan version. Anyone remember them? The third and fourth got hit especially hard; ''The Parent Trap II'' at least became bundled with the original on DVD.
** On the other hand, whether you're more familiar with the Hayley Mills version or the Lindsay Lohan version will probably depend a lot on how old you are.
* SheReallyCanAct: Anyone who doubts LindsayLohan's capabilities as an actress needs to watch this film, stat.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Averted with the classic original; the remake, on the other hand, ''feels'' very much like a Hallmark movie, and Hallmark has [[AdoredByTheNetwork played it a lot]], though that hasn't stopped critics from loving it.
* ValuesDissonance: The idea that parents who broke up in a divorce should get back together, no matter how much they fight is odd to 21st century society.
** Mostly avoided in the remake. It's mentioned that the main reason for the divorce was "we were both young, we both had stupid tempers" as well as Elizabeth technically not wanting to leave -- she expected Nick to stop her so they could make up but Nick believed she wanted to leave. Now that they've matured and sorted their issues out, they might fare better.