Picks and Pans Review: The Parent Trap

UPDATED 08/03/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/03/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson

All that's missing is Hayley Mills plunking on a guitar while she and, yes, Hayley Mills warble her Top 10 hit "Let's Get Together." But, in a sweet nod to all things past, her replacement as identical twins in this snappy remake of The Parent Trap, cute, redheaded newcomer Lindsay Lohan, sings a line or two of the song while waiting for an elevator.

Nice touch. It's just one of many in this clever, spirited and unabashedly romantic remake of the 1961 movie by the filmmaking team of Nancy Myers and Charles Shyer (Father of the Bride). Here, once again, the twins, separated almost since birth 11 years ago when their parents (Quaid and Richardson, a sexy duo) split, discover at camp that they're sibs and then conspire to reunite the 'rents.

The 7-year-old girl still buried deep inside me liked this new Trap without reservation. The woman several decades older who goes around pretending to be me had a swell time too, but she understands that Trap is more about wish fulfillment than reality. (PG)

Bottom Line: Great fun, but kids, don't try this at home

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