The Parent Trap (1961)

"Very Good"

The Parent Trap (1961) Review


Sisters!?

Hayley Mills became America's sweetheart in this children's classic, which has Mills acting opposite herself in an impressive and seamless split-screen effect (considering the movie is 40 years old) -- though many scenes include Mills with a body double. She plays both Sharon and Susan, identical twins separated at birth by divorcing parents -- and oddly, they've never been told about one another's existence. Contrived, sure, but no more than the plot that follows -- the girls meet at summer camp and decide to switch places for a spell, and eventually aim to get their parents back together.

While the film is well over two hours long (expecting an awful lot from a kid's attention span), it's well-made, with great production values and a surprising amount of humor, most of which is laugh-out-loud funny. I'm torn on the adults' performances, with the exception of Maureen O'Hara, which are workmanlike and not terribly inspired. This of course keeps the focus on Mills, as it should be.

Disney has issued The Parent Trap on a two-disc DVD special edition, with a commentary track from Mills and David Swift (writer and director). As well, the second disc features a number of shorts and documentaries from the Disney archives -- the best is an interview with Susan Henning-Schutte, who played the other sister in the non-split-screen scenes. Great release, but kids will probably just stick with the first disc. Over and over and over again...

Remade (and equally long) in 1998.

Mills (without Mills).



Facts and Figures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

War Dogs Movie Review

War Dogs Movie Review

Based on a rather astounding true story, this comedy-drama centres on two stoners who landed...

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

After a number of films, TV series and stage adaptations, Arthur Ransome's beloved 1930 novel...

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

The original BBC sitcom The Office ran for 14 episodes from 2001 to 2003, and...

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

Bold and intelligent, this dark drama is a challenging portrait of the making of an...

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended...

Advertisement
The Shallows Movie Review

The Shallows Movie Review

With a simple premise and plenty of visual style, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) takes...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Watching this gross-out comedy, it's clear that the gifted cast and crew had a great...

Nerve Movie Review

Nerve Movie Review

With a premise that feels almost eerily current, this stylish thriller revolves around a phone...

The Carer Movie Review

The Carer Movie Review

Brian Cox gets the role of a lifetime in this warm comedy about living life...

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Writer-director Robert Budreau takes a stylised approach to this biopic of the legendary jazz artist...

Jason Bourne Movie Review

Jason Bourne Movie Review

It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum,...

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

Veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) returns to a smaller homegrown story after...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.