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The Parent Trap (1961) - Film Review

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I'm a freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published June 28th 2014
The film with 3 sequels you didn't know exsisted
The Parent Trap (1961)
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Walt Disney's 1961 film, The Parent Trap, staring Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith, was and still is so popular that it gave way to not one, not two, but three sequels and one remake!

The Parent Trap was, then child actor, Hayley Mills' second time to appear in a Disney film and this time she had the gargantuan task of playing both twin sisters in the film.

The film is about the chance meeting of two girls, one names Susan Evans and the other, Sharon McKendrick, who look strikingly like each other. During one balmy summer at camp and they soon begin to fight, instilling crazy antics that I am sure every child would love to set up, but most wouldn't have a clue of where to even begin. Eventually, the girls cause so much trouble for their camp leaders, that they are forced to live together in an isolated cabin, where they can either fight for the rest of the summer, or learn to get along.

The Parent Trap (1961)
The chance meeting that started it all!

It doesn't take long for the girls to work out that they have more in common than just looking alike. They each only live with one parent and after finding that they each have a piece of a ripped up photo, which depicts the image of the other's parent, they soon work out that they are twins and decide to switch places to finally meet their other parent and see if they can work out a way of getting them back together, but there is a huge problem!

The Parent Trap (1961)
Will there ever be a happy ending?

Sharon soon finds out that their father is going to marry another woman and Susan wants more alone time with their mother and grandfather, even if their grandmother is so strict! But after the situation gets dire, the girls get back together and go on a hilarious adventure in order to get their parents to love each other once more.

The Parent Trap (1961) is rated G for a general audience and is suitable for the entire family to enjoy.


For more family movie night fun check out:
The Addams Family In New York
Return To Nims Island
Disney's Cinderella
A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!
The Rugrats Movie
Ice Age
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Monsters Inc.
Benji Takes A Dive At Marineland
The Muppet Movie
The Great Muppet Caper
The Muppets Take Manhattan
Arthur's Missing Pal
Disney's Beauty and the Beast 3-D
Freaky Friday (1976)
Freaky Friday (2003)
The Best Halloween TV Show Specials For Kids: Volume 1

*Images courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
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