A to Z Challenge – The Parent Trap

Parent Trap - PosterThe Parent Trap

1961

Directed by David Swift

Quick synopsis… Susan and Sharon are identical twins separated at birth. Neither knows the other exists until a simple twist of fate finds them at the same summer camp, where they switch places in hopes of getting their divorced parents back together.

  • Yes, I do believe this version is better than the 1998 remake with Lindsay Lohan.
  • 83% of Millennials probably disagree with me.
  • I don’t care.
  • I mean, this thing starts with an amazing opening number (“The Parent Trap”) with stop motion animated credits.
  • By the way, the songs for this movie were written by the Sherman brothers, who also provided the memorable music for Mary Poppins.
  • When things really start, it’s the start of summer camp for Sharon McKendrick (Hayley Mills).
  • It seems to be her first time because she looks kinda lost.
  • But, thankfully, her chauffeur is there to remind her of her grandmother’s advice and to give her allergy pills, insect repellent, and her poetry book.
  • Because she wouldn’t just have those things in her luggage with all her other things.
  • I never went to a summer camp like this.
  • Probably just as well… I’m not sure how I’d have handled running into my doppelganger.
  • As Sharon is checking in, she lets the camp worker know that her grandmother wanted her to make sure that her tent was properly ventilated.
  • “Don’t worry, McKendrick, you’ll be ventilated.”
  • Is that a threat?
  • At dinner, Sharon has her first encounter with Susan Evers, a girl who couldn’t be more different…
  • Except for the fact that they look exactly alike.
  • Well, needless to say they just don’t get along.
  • It starts with Susan comparing Sharon’s looks to Frankenstein.
  • Not sure how that’s an insult… Frankenstein wasn’t a bad looking guy.
  • He was a little crazy, but not bad looking.
  • His monster on the other hand…
  • Anyway, that leads to Sharon’s bunkmate flipping Susan’s canoe over.
  • I have a problem with the staff at Camp Inch.
  • They inspect Sharon’s cabin the morning after Susan and her bunkmates have completely sabotaged the joint.
  • Sharon and her bunkmates are prohibited from going to the dance because of the mess.
  • Use logic, ladies! Why in the world would they make their own cabin that much of a mess?
  • Anyway, Sharon cuts a big chunk out of Susan’s dress at the dance.
  • Then it all descends into a physical brawl.
  • As punishment, the girls are forced to spend the rest of the summer in a cabin together, just the two of them.
  • I guess the thought is that they’ll either kill each other or come out best friends.
  • Well, spending that much time together, they figure out that they’re not just coincidentally similar looking, they are in fact identical twins.
  • Their parents divorced when they were still infants.
  • Susan lives with their dad, Mitch, out in California.
  • Sharon lives with their mom, Maggie, in Boston.
  • The girls then decide to learn everything they can about each other so they can convincingly switch places.
  • What starts off as a simple plan to let each girl spend time with the parent they’ve never known turns into a plot to reunite their parents.
  • When Sharon gets to California, Mitch quickly introduces her to the new woman in his life.
  • It doesn’t take her long to figure out that Vicky is nothing more than a gold digger.
  • What’s the deal with Vicky’s mother?
  • If you’ve seen this version of the movie, you’ve gotta know what I’m talking about.
  • She’s super creepy when she’s talking to Sharon at the country club.
  • Her voice changes a couple of times… like she’s hiding her true identity.
  • Sharon and Susan have to get together to stop this wedding.
  • But Susan’s still trying to get to know their mother in Boston.
  • By the way, I don’t know how they stand it there with Maggie’s mother running that house with an iron fist.
  • This grandmother is the worst.
  • And she treats the grandfather horribly.
  • She’s worse than Emily Gilmore when she was at her most unlikable.
  • No wonder they killed the character off in the remake.
  • Eventually, Sharon convinces Susan that they need to speed up their timetable and get Maggie out west as soon as possible.
  • The girls have to get their parents to remember why they fell in love in the first place.
  • They fail at first, only managing to remind them both why they can’t seem to get along.
  • In the end, they pull one last trick by refusing to reveal who is Susan and who is Sharon, preventing Maggie and Sharon from going home to Boston.
  • This forces the parents to go along with the camping trip…
  • But at the last second, Maggie backs out and insists that Vicky take her place.
  • So the girls give Vicky a taste of what motherhood will be like when they’re together with her for six months out of the year.
  • It doesn’t go well.
  • Vicky takes off, deciding that no amount of money is worth becoming the twins’ stepmother.
  • Mitch and the girls get back from the camping trip and his romance with Maggie is magically rekindled.

A to Z Challenge - PThanks for stopping in while I participate in this year’s A to Z Challenge. I’m gonna keep on hitting these Disney movies each day, except Sunday. You’re welcome to come back for more if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

Monday’s Disney movie begins with a Q and is one that I haven’t seen before. So… I’m not sure how to actually give clues because I don’t know much about it. I know it stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and I’m pretty sure it’s about chess. It’s pretty recent. Any guesses?

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