Trivia / The Parent Trap

  • But I Play One on TV: These movies have convinced a fair number of people, mainly children, that Hayley Mills and/or Lindsay Lohan actually has a twin.
  • Casting Gag: Joanna Barnes, who plays the evil girlfriend in the original movie, plays said girlfriend's mother in the remake. Both times the character is called Vicky.
  • Creator Cameo: The man marrying the parents in the opening of the remake is played by the DOP Dean Cundey.
  • Deleted Scene: A rather lengthy one after Hallie arrives in London, bordering on Big Lipped Alligator Moment. She and Martin pass by Buckingham Palace and Hallie insists on being allowed to go and see it. Predictably she tries to make the guard laugh - and then meets the Queen. Although Nancy Meyers went to a lot of work to get the scene shot, it was cut for pacing problems.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Lindsay Lohan had her ears pierced for the role. Averted with Annie's haircut though, as she just wore extensions whenever there was a scene that required Annie's long hair. It was the other way round in the original, where the long hair was the real one and the short hair was the wig.
  • Fake American: Hayley Mills as both girls; one Bostonian, one Californian.
  • Fake Brit: Linsday Lohan as the English twin Annie. Hallie is an in-universe example as she tries to impersonate Annie.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the opening of the movie, you can see from the marriage licence that the parents were married on the 8th January 1986. Nick's occupation is listed as 'Viticulturist', while Elizabeth's is 'Artist'. It also tells us the ages of the parents - Nick is 24 and Elizabeth 23.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Elaine Hendrix is the complete opposite of Meredith Blake and her many other roles; Hendrix is sweet, friendly, and child loving.
  • Playing Against Type: Natasha Richardson at the time was known mainly for playing Ice Queen characters. This ended up being the role a good amount of people would associate her with.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: All versions have the twins played by one actress. Of these movies, the only one that doesn't use Double Vision is Hibari's Lullaby (which avoids any shot in which the girls are both visible).
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • In the remake, the boy who shows up at the all-girls' camp is Linsday Lohan's brother Michael. Additionally her mother and the rest of her siblings are background extras in the scene where Hallie meets Martin at the airport.
    • Nancy Meyers's own twin daughters (after whom the girls in the movie are named) also cameo in the remake. Hallie is the girl at the camp asking where the Navajo bunk is (and her character is called Linsday as a further Casting Gag). Annie is the girl who brings the parents a first aid kit after Nick has fallen into the pool.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The Hayley Mills Version had a Novelization of the Disney film version of the original novel, including a section of photos from the movie in the center of the book.
  • Romance on the Set: The 98 version; Simon Kunz (Martin the James' butler) and Lisa Ann Walter (Chessy, the Parker's housekeeper) started dating in real life after this film.
  • Star-Making Role: For Lindsay Lohan, though she starred in 2 Tv movies before following it up with her next hit Freaky Friday (2003).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The technique used to film both girls at once was new in The Sixties, so Walt Disney was skeptical, and wanted two separate girls in the lead, until he saw how well it worked. What's more is that there were to be only a few shots where both girls were on-screen together - utilising body doubles and trick photography. However when Walt saw how well the Double Vision looked, more shots using the effect were put in.
    • The director wanted to cut the part where the cake falls on Miss Inch, but Walt Disney insisted he leave it in.
    • Mara Wilson auditioned to play both girls in the remake but was deemed too young for the role. Scarlet Johansson also auditioned. Another actress in consideration was Michelle Trachtenberg - and she even has the same birthday as the girls in the movie (October 11th).