The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap (1998)

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Corrected entry: When Jesse is confronting Annie (pretending to be Hallie) about all her new changes such as "being neat as a pin" and how her "appetite has changed" she says how "it's almost as if you were... Never mind it's impossible" implying that the traits she was displaying were traits Annie had, but how would Jesse know these qualities of Annie if Jesse had never met Annie?

Correction: She didn't imply anything, you just inferred it. She could have said it was like she was a completely different person. Or even it was like you were her twin. But that's "impossible" since she doesn't know Annie.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Hallie has just cut Annie's hair and notices that she has pierced ears, you can see that it's Hallie who says "What?," not Annie.

Correction: No, Annie is the one who says "What?" but her mouth hardly moves. Hallie seems to be grimacing at the moment Annie says "What?"

Corrected entry: After the two girls are finished playing poker in the cabin and Annie lost and had to jump in the lake naked, you can see the outline of the bathing suit she is wearing. (00:18:30)

Correction: Annie jumps into the lake naked when she loses. The item around her neck looks like the outline of swimmers but it is her locket with an 'A' on it. This locket is similar to Hallie's except it has an 'A' instead of a 'H'.

Corrected entry: When the balloon falls on Annie's head, you can see the tack on her head that is used to pop the balloon. It is not just a hair that is sticking up because it is right over the spot where the balloon hits her head.

Correction: When Annie is about to be hit by the giant water balloon her hair is slightly sticking up in the front. A millisecond before she gets hit she crosses her arms and tucks her head down into them so that the balloon hits her head more towards the back of her head. She has a messy braid and you can definitely not "clearly see the tack."

Corrected entry: When Nick is showing Liz his vintage wine collection, he shows her a bottle and calls it a "Burgundy." By naming conventions in the Burgundy region of France, only low-quality pinot noir is simply called "Burgundy." A fine pinot noir from that region would be called "Grand Cru." Someone like Nick, who owns a winery, would know that.

Correction: It's vintage wine, which only means it must be old, not necessarily of superior make. A sufficiently old and rare wine would be valuable and therefore worth saving regardless of quality.

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Corrected entry: When Hallie and Annie are playing their game of poker, you can see that Annie has a straight flush of the ace, two, three, four, and five of diamonds. When Hallie says she has a Royal Flush, you could expect the ten, jack, queen, king, and ace of one suit in her hand. When she shows her cards, however, we can see no ten in her hand, yet the order of her cards from left to right are: King of Spades, Queen of Spades, Queen of spades, Queen of Spades, and the Ace of Spades. Hallie must have been cheating, or it would have been a trick deck. Yet even then, Annie, as a pro poker player must have noticed the flaw in the hand.


Correction: Just not true. Hallie's hand is a correct Royal Flush.

Corrected entry: Near the beginning, after Hallie and her mom stopped by the store in London to help the bride with her veil, when they are leaving the mother calls for a taxi. The taxi stops, but it is driving on the right side of the road, and in London it would be on the left side of the road.

Correction: They are on Albermarle Street. Albermarle Street is one-way. See

Corrected entry: When Annie and Hallie show each other the ripped pictures in the isolation cabin, a chunk in the right hand corner seems to be missing. When they reassemble the pieces on the wall, the picture appears to fit together perfectly.

Correction: The way she's gripping the photo bends it so it looks like there is a chunk missing, but it's whole.

Corrected entry: In the morning when Annie and her friends wake up in their cabin at camp, after Hallie's gang has trashed the place. Watch the girls as they wake up screaming. One is obviously a blonde-haired boy. This is a girls' camp. The boy who accidentally got stuck at the camp (shown at the beginning of the movie) has dark brown hair, not blonde.

Correction: That's a girl. On the commentary the director says that's her daughter wearing a short blonde wig.

Corrected entry: In the scene in which Hallie is piercing Annie's ears, she puts an apple under her ear to make it easier to get the needle through and to make it less painful for Annie. However, apple juice is highly acidic, and once the lobe was pierced, it would have reacted with the apple, making it extremely painful (moreso even than was demonstrated by their screaming).

Correction: This is a character mistake, and we don't know how painful it felt to them, so their reaction can not be a mistake.


Corrected entry: During the scene right after Elizabeth has just seen Nick and Meredith in the elevator, and is starting to confront the twins, Chessy comes out of her room and tells them to go inside. She doesn't close the door of her own room. So does it just hang open?

Correction: Hotel doors usually are made like fire doors; they don't need to be pulled or pushed shut because they are made heavy enough to swing shut by themselves.

Corrected entry: In the shot where Meredith's air-bed is seen in daylight, having been on the water for a few hours, the lake is flowing at about 5 or 6 knots from left to right, yet she is in plain sight of the camp site. Even more so her air-bed doesn't seem to be moving with the current (thus defying the laws of physics). If she really was left on the air-bed for that long she would be a few miles down stream by the time she woke up.

Correction: There is no current, because this is a lake. As for the laws of physics: when Hallie and Annie pushed Meredith from shore, her momentum carried her a fair distance, which is where she would have remained for the duration of the night, until she woke up.

Corrected entry: In America, when Annie is with her dad pretending to be Hallie we understand that she has been at camp for 8 weeks. But in England when the butler goes into the room where Hallie, her mom and grandfather are eating and he is holding the 911 message from the fax machine her mother says really, Annie, 6 weeks is too long to be at camp. So how long were they at camp? 6 or 8 weeks?

Correction: This is just bad memory on her mother's part, not a movie mistake.

Corrected entry: Before Annie reveals to Chessy that she isn't really Hallie, Chessy starts to say "It's almost as if you were Annie." Chessy has not been around Annie in the past several years, so she should have no idea how Annie acts, what she likes, etc. Elizabeth has obviously not kept Chessy up-to-date on Annie, because at the hotel, Chessy is not sure if Elizabeth remembers her. This shows that they have not kept in touch over the years.

Correction: Chessy does not know how Annie would act. All she knows is that "Hallie" is not acting the way that Hallie normally acts. Since she knows that Hallie and Annie are identical twins, she comes to the conclusion that Hallie may really be Annie.

Corrected entry: After the poker game at camp, when Annie is naked and about to jump into the lake, she has left her locket on. There is plenty of moonlight out, so Hallie could easily notice that Annie has the same locket as her, yet there is no indication of her seeing it.

Correction: Though there is "plenty of moonlight" it hardly constitutes a plot hole, just because Hallie does not take notice of a locket round Annie's neck.

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Corrected entry: Annie and Hallie are saying goodbye, Annie's car shows up and Annie (as Hallie) gives Hallie (as Annie) her ticket and passport. Hallie (as Annie) then asks what time the real Annie leaves and she replies, "Oh not for a couple of hours." Wouldn't Hallie know this, as they were her own return arrangements before she switched places with Annie?

Correction: Hallie and Annie spent a lot of time teaching each other how to be the other one; Hallie was making sure Annie knew. Also, they had to make it sound like they were saying their goodbyes to each other and normally your cabinmates don't know all the details about when you're leaving because it doesn't matter until the last day.

Corrected entry: When Hallie (playing Annie) walks up to her home in England and opens the door, she doesn't turn the handle but just pushes it open.


Correction: So? There are many types of door hardware in England, one of which is handles that don't turn. They don't have a latch, and it's easier to open the door, since you don't have to turn the knob. A smaller bolt is usually installed above it to lock the door when needed.

Corrected entry: When the girls and the mother are talking in the hotel room in San Francisco, the girls use their normal accents. But when Annie says, "Mum, Daddy's getting married", Hallie says, "to Cruella De Ville." How could she know about Meridith being evil if she only met her when she was coming out of the lift, as Annie was the one who experienced Meridith's evilness in disguise of Annie.

Correction: Annie and Hallie have been talking on the phone so Annie told her twin all about Meredith. Also, she's probably not going to be Meredith's biggest fan either, as when Meredith and her father marry all chance of their parents getting back together will be gone.

Corrected entry: When the girls are playing poker in one of the cabins, Halley lays a deal, then after a while, Annie lays her cards first. Then Halley says, "Very good James, but just not good enough," but when she says, "A royal flush," she says it in an English accent instead of an American one.

Correction: She's just making fun of her.

Corrected entry: In almost all the scenes in London, the cars are driving on the right side of the road. Aren't the cars supposed to be at the left side?

Correction: The only scene I could see that looked like the car was on the right side of the road was when Hallie first arrives at her mother's house. However, the house is obviously on a one-way street, which would give the illusion of driving on the right side of the road.

Revealing mistake: When Hallie trashes Annie's cabin and the huge water balloon is about to fall on Annie's head, the camera is at a downward view and Annie clearly steps into the trail of the balloon instead of jumping away. (00:18:05)

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Nick Parker: You two help Meredith.
Meredith Blake: Sure you'll help me. Right over a cliff, you'll help me.
Hallie Parker: Not a bad idea.
Annie James: Yeah, see any cliffs?

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Trivia: As Hal meets Meredith coming out of an elevator in the hotel, she is mumbling "Let's Get Together", which was a song from the original movie.

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