The Parent Trap is a 1998 family film of 1961's film of the same name. This remake is directed by Nancy Meyers and stars Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan. The film is based on Erich Kastner's novel Lottie and Lisa (Das Doppelte Lottchen). The plot involves a pair of twins who have been separated at birth and, upon meeting by chance, decide to work together to reunite their divorced parents.
Nick Parker (Quaid) and Elizabeth James (Richardson) met and married each other during an ocean cruise on the QE2. Elizabeth gave birth to twin daughters Hallie and Annie (both played by Lohan), but the couple divorced and lost contact with each other, each parent raising one of the twins without telling her about her sister. Nick raised Hallie in the Napa Valley and became a wealthy wine grower, while Elizabeth raised Annie in London and became a famous wedding gown designer.
After the ocean cruise and onboard wedding ceremony, the story jumps ahead to a summer in which Nick and Elizabeth coincidentally enroll their daughters in the same summer camp. Annie and Hallie, who are now eleven years old, first meet at the end of a fencing match, when they remove their masks and see that they look alike. A comical hostility between the two girls leads to a prank war that ends when the camp counselors fall into one of Hallie's traps and isolate the twins from the other girls.
Living together, Hallie and Annie discover that they were born on the same day and they each have half of a torn wedding photograph of their parents. Realizing with delight that they are twins, the girls hatch a plan to meet their previously unknown parents: Each girl will train her twin to impersonate her, and they will switch places at the end of the summer.
When camp is over, the plan succeeds: Hallie goes to London, where she meets her mother, her grandfather, and the James family's butler Martin (Kunz). Annie goes to California, where she meets her father, the Parker family's housekeeper Chessy (Walter), their dog Sammy, and Nick's fiancée, a young gold digger named Meredith (Hendrix). Distressed by Meredith's deviousness, Annie telephones Hallie and persuades her to bring Elizabeth to California to break up the engagement. Soon the girls' identities are discovered, and, except for Nick and Meredith, who remain unaware of the switch, their newfound family members tearfully welcome them.
In order to bring Nick and Elizabeth together, Annie, Hallie, Grandpa, Chessy, and Martin conspire to have them meet at a hotel in San Francisco by arranging for Nick to meet Meredith's parents and by not telling Elizabeth about Meredith. Nervous about meeting Nick, Elizabeth asks Martin to accompany her and Hallie. After a few comical mixups in the hotel, Nick and Elizabeth see each other, Nick finally learns about the switch, and the twins host a candlelit dinner for Nick and Elizabeth, served by Martin and Chessy, on a yacht decorated to recreate their first meeting. At dinner, Elizabeth mentions that Nick didn't follow her after she left him. They make plans for the twins to spend holidays together, but decide against resuming their relationship.
Hallie and Annie dislike this idea, so they force their parents to take them camping by refusing to reveal which twin is which. After Elizabeth persuades Nick and the girls to take Meredith instead of herself, the twins play tricks on Meredith, who becomes enraged and insists that Nick choose between her and his daughters. Nick chooses the twins, and Meredith breaks off the engagement.
After Meredith leaves, Nick shows Elizabeth his wine collection, which includes the wine they drank at their wedding. Elizabeth is touched by this gesture at first, but has a change of heart and returns to London with Annie. However, when Elizabeth and Annie get home, they find Hallie and Nick waiting for them, having flown there on the Concorde. Elizabeth is fearful of remarrying, but she yields to Nick's confidence, and Annie and Hallie look on happily as Nick and Elizabeth embrace. The final credits feature photographs of Nick and Elizabeth's second wedding, also aboard the QE2, with the twins as bridesmaids and Martin presenting Chessy with an engagement ring.
- Lindsay Lohan as Hallie Parker / Annie James
- Dennis Quaid as Nick Parker
- Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth "Lizzie" James
- Elaine Hendrix as Meredith Blake
- Lisa Ann Walter as Chessy
- Simon Kunz as Martin
- Polly Holiday as Marva Kulp, Sr.
- Maggie Wheeler as Marva Kulp, Jr.
- Ronnie Stevens as Grandpa Charles James
- Joanna Barnes as Vicki Blake
- Erin Mackey as Hallie/Annie double
- L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
- Do You Believe In Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful
- There She Goes - The La's
- Top Of The World - Shonen Knife
- Here Comes the Sun - Bob "Bronx Style" Khaleel
- I Love You For Sentimental Reasons - Linda Ronstadt
- Soulful Strut - Young Holt Unlimited
- Never Let You Go - Jakaranda
- Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers
- The Happy Club - Bob Geldof
- Suite From The Parent Trap - Alan Silvestri
- This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
- Dream Come True - Ta-Gana
- Groovin' - Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolutation
- Let's Get Together - Nobody's Angel
- Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
Joanna Barnes, who played Meredith Blake's mother, Vicki Blake, also played the main antagonist of the original "Parent Trap" film, also named Vicki, but with the last name Robinson. It is, however, unknown whether that is the same woman or not.