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.


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.

Corrected entry: Throughout the fencing scene, Hallie and Annie switch accents. Hallie's wearing the green fencing outfit and speaks with an English accent at certain points, although she was the American girl.

Correction: You must have just been looking at it wrong or hearing it wrong. Sometimes it does sound like it, but they do keep their proper accents.

Corrected entry: If Hallie did in fact fly from Maine to London in the late morning/early afternoon, there is no way she could have gotten home during daylight, much less in time for tea because of the time difference

Correction: It could be the next day.

Corrected entry: When Hallie puts a huge prank in Annie's cabin, they use such supplies that you could not get at a camp, and you wouldn't bring it along with you.


Correction: You could easily get those items at camp, from the kitchen. You could also assume they have a craft's cabin at the camp, where they could have gotten some supplies.

Corrected entry: They go to camp for eight weeks, and when Hallie comes back to England (in Annie's place) she and her mother still have time to go out and go shopping. The English school summer holiday is only six weeks - not enough time.

Correction: It could have been that Annie attended an independent, private school. These type of schools in England always have longer holidays than state schools, especially in the summer (some can be up to 10 weeks long), because they are not state-owned and therefore don't have to comply with government laws on length of holidays.

Corrected entry: Before piercing Annie's ears Hallie sterilises the needle by holding it in a flame. However, as the needle's metal and her fingers are unprotected, the heat should travel up the needle and burn her fingers.

Correction: Actually Hallie only holds the needle over the flame for a few seconds. This would heat the needle and her fingers, but not burn them.

Corrected entry: When Hallie(the tom boy) is cutting Annie's hair, Annie has her hair tucked behind her ear. Hallie then sizes up the shortest piece of her hair then cuts Annie's hair accordingly, but Annie's hair is still behind her ear, so the shortest hair would be in the wrong place.

Correction: She's measuring where the hair lies by her cheek, not the amount of hair, she probably already knows that considering its her hair.

Corrected entry: Marva Jr. does not seem to know Annie nor her name at the beginning of the fencing competition. However, she says Annie's name when Annie beats Hallie.

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Correction: Don't you think Marva Jr would learn Annie's name when her friends are calling out "Go Annie" at the beginning? How do you know she doesn't know Annie's name? What do you think she is writing while she's saying "We've got ourselves a challenger" right before they start fencing?

Corrected entry: When Haley is calling Annie from England, she makes a collect call. The operator simply patches Haley to Annie without asking Annie if she will accept the call. I would be very upset if I unwillingly accepted a collect call from Europe.

Correction: The film would be rather boring if it showed each stage the operator has to legally take.

Corrected entry: When Annie and Hallie are teaching each other about their lives in London and Napa, there are two posters hanging on the wall with floor plans of their houses. One is titled "Annie's House" and the other is titled "The James Residence" but their names are Annie James and Hallie Parker.


Correction: Those posters are both for Annie's house, just labeled differently. The edge of a similar-sized yellow poster is visible during that shot, so Hallie probably had a poster or two, but they weren't really shown during that scene.

Corrected entry: When Annie is going down the dock naked, somebody in the background whistles and says, 'OOh, ooh, Parker,' but Annie's last name is James. Hallie's is Parker.

Correction: She doesn't say, "Oooh, ooh, Parker", she says, "Ooh, ooh, baby."

Corrected entry: In the scene where the dad is reunited with Hallie and Annie at the pool, Annie appears to arrive from right behind her mother, where the previous shot clearly showed that there was no one there. And why doesn't the dad see the girls coming - can't he see beyond the frame lines?

Correction: Nick is only concentrating on Elizabeth. He doesn't seem to notice anything else in his surroundings, like the chair he just tripped over.

Corrected entry: When Nick and Elizabeth are looking through Nick's collection of wine bottles, they come across the wine that they drank at their wedding. She then reads the label and says,"V-G Day, 1945." Well, at the end of World War 2, 1945, it was either V-E Day for victory in Europe or V-J Day for victory in Japan, not V-G Day for what they appear to be saying victory in Germany because the war officially ended in Austria for the European campaign.

Correction: She says V-J Day.

Corrected entry: When Dennis Quaid returns from the camping trip he displays an engagement ring that he says Meredith threw at him. She is not wearing an engagement ring.

Correction: She is wearing an engagement ring. You see it when one of the twins hands her her evian bottle.

Corrected entry: When the girls are in the isolation cabin Annie's light switch is up but the next time you see it it's down. She never turned it off.

Correction: When Hallie turns her light switch down (off), Annie's is up. Then when Annie turns it on, her switch goes down, which makes Hallie's switch go down. Hallie flips her switch up, which turns the light off. Annie flips her switch down, which turns the light on. Hallie flips up, to turn the light off. Annie flips down, to turn it on.

Corrected entry: The girls' mother says that she didn't even wear a wedding gown at her wedding, but in the photograph, she is definitely wearing one.

Correction: Just because she is wearing a white dress doesn't mean it's a wedding gown.

Corrected entry: Throughout the fencing scene, Annie's hair changes positions as to where it falls. Sometimes there's a single strand of it on her back, and other times all of it is falling down her back.

Correction: Presumably people's hair will change position while they are fencing as they are moving around quite a bit.

Corrected entry: When Hallie begins to cut Annie's hair, starting with the bangs, she cuts them about at the eyebrow line. After she's done cutting all of her hair, Annie's bangs are at the middle of her cheek.

Correction: Hallie is holding annie's hair out at an angle so it only appears that way

Corrected entry: How in the world did Annie and her friends manage to get three beds up on to the roof of the cabin? They'd have to be either very strong and nine feet tall or use a crane and I doubt the camp allows it.

Correction: They took them apart on the ground and rebuilt them on the roof. This would only require regular strength and a ladder, which the camp would allow.

Corrected entry: Well, when Hallie and Annie take their parents on the Queen Elizabeth II and are recreating the night they met, there is an inner tube above the dinner table reading, "Queen Elizabeth II" and underneath it the year 1986, supposedly the year they met. However when the parents are in Nick's wine cellar and he is showing Elizabeth his collection of his parents wine, he has one from 1983. She asks him what is so special about that wine and he says it's the year we got married! How the heck do you marry someone in 1983 when you haven't met them until 1986?

Correction: What he says was "It's the wine we drank at our wedding". It's perfectly normal to drink wine from years past.

Corrected entry: When Annie (The English girl) gets to camp, her butler comes with her out of the limo. He takes with him a small little box bag type thing which is supposed to be holding all of Annie's stuff for camp (it's the only bag he took out of the car). Also, the butler at the same time was going over a long list of things that Annie's mom made her take - way more things than that bag could have held.

Correction: You can clearly see the Driver take out 2 or 3 more suitcases from the limo a few minutes after that conversation.

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