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21 Questions All Parents Have While Watching "The Parent Trap"

I'll take Annie, you take Hallie.

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1. First of all, Nick and Elizabeth Parker (the twins' parents) split up when the girls were babies. Is it normal for parents to each take one kid and try to forget about the other?

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They mentioned in the movie it was to avoid a custody battle and also a way for the couple to never have to see each other again. Brilliant plan, guys.

2. I’m all for summer camp, but doesn’t it seem sort of crazy to send your 11-year-old kid to an eight-week summer camp in a different country and clear across the US?

Maybe I’m just overprotective, but the camp is located in Denmark, Maine. This means Annie traveled all the way from London and Hallie traveled all the way from California.
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Maybe I’m just overprotective, but the camp is located in Denmark, Maine. This means Annie traveled all the way from London and Hallie traveled all the way from California.

3. Annie arrived in a Limo while the other kids arrived on a school bus. So, knowing kids like I do, why didn't the other girls rush over to see who the lucky girl was?

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Even if it was to just check out that V cool handshake with her butler.

4. There was a boy at camp who tried desperately to get home. Did his parents somehow misread the ALL GIRLS part?

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Because when you send your kid away for eight weeks, you don't really need to pay attention to small details like that.

5. Why didn't any of the counselors notice how identical the girls were right away?

Even Marva, who literally stood right next to both of them.
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Even Marva, who literally stood right next to both of them.

6. The girls were up in the middle of the night playing poker. With that many girls in one cabin, are you telling me not one counselor heard them?

Are we not going to talk about the fact that a group of 11-year-olds knew how to play poker, either?
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Are we not going to talk about the fact that a group of 11-year-olds knew how to play poker, either?

7. How did Annie and her friends manage to get the beds on the roof of Hallie's cabin?

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And how did Hallie and her friends get them down?

8. Also, how did Hallie manage to perfectly arrange this setup?

I mean, where did they get the gallon of Hershey's syrup that got dumped on the counselors when they tried to enter the cabin?
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I mean, where did they get the gallon of Hershey's syrup that got dumped on the counselors when they tried to enter the cabin?

9. The counselors punished the girls by making them bunk together in an "Isolation Cabin" far away from the camp site. Seems a little harsh to me, don't you think?

The girls weren't allowed to participate in activities the rest of the time and even had to eat at an isolation table during lunch.
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The girls weren't allowed to participate in activities the rest of the time and even had to eat at an isolation table during lunch.

10. Why would you give your kid a ripped picture of their parent, but not tell them anything else?

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That doesn't seem psychologically damaging at all.

11. How did Hallie cut Annie's hair SO PERFECTLY?

Like, it's all perfectly even.
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Like, it's all perfectly even.

12. When Hallie pierced Annie's ears, she let out a very loud scream, but no counselor came to check to see if everything was okay. Doesn't that seem a bit alarming?

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I guess it's not like anyone could hear them anyway because they were so far from the rest of the campers. Also, we're glad her ears didn't get infected.

13. When Annie got home from camp, why didn't her mom run to greet her after not seeing her eight weeks? I mean I would be tracking my kid's entire flight and calling them on their way...

In Elizabeth's defense, I guess there was a "Welcome Home" sign... but still there was still no one to actually welcome her.
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In Elizabeth's defense, I guess there was a "Welcome Home" sign... but still there was still no one to actually welcome her.

14. And when Elizabeth did see Annie, she really didn't have much of a reaction to her daughter cutting her hair or piercing her ears at only 11 YEARS OLD.

Not saying she had to be mad about it, but I would be in literal shock if my daughter cut like eight inches off and had some "girl at camp" pierce her ears.
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Not saying she had to be mad about it, but I would be in literal shock if my daughter cut like eight inches off and had some "girl at camp" pierce her ears.

15. When Annie was upset about her father getting married, she started fluently speaking in French. Would you really believe your child just picked up French at camp?

Highly doubtful.
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Highly doubtful.

16. Elizabeth let Hallie have a sip of wine — which, okay fine, it's just a sip. But didn't Hallie's critique make you think she drank it on the reg with her dear old dad back in Napa?

Hallie: "If you ask me, the bouquet is a little too robust for a Merlot. But then again, I'm partial to the softer California grape."
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Hallie: "If you ask me, the bouquet is a little too robust for a Merlot. But then again, I'm partial to the softer California grape."

17. After Elizabeth found out she had Hallie and not Annie, she let Hallie arrange all the plans for the switch back. Who lets an 11-year-old just make all the plans?

Clearly, when it's about seeing your ex after 11 years, you do.
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Clearly, when it's about seeing your ex after 11 years, you do.

18. At the hotel, Nick and Elizabeth went out for a night with the twins (who had secretly arranged a romantic evening for them). Did Nick's fiancée, Meredith, just say that was okay?

Maybe she didn't know about it, but she certainly seemed like someone who would know all about Nick's whereabouts.
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Maybe she didn't know about it, but she certainly seemed like someone who would know all about Nick's whereabouts.

19. During the camping trip, the girls pulled Meredith onto the lake while she was sleeping. How did she not wake up at all until the next morning?

Yeah, right.
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Yeah, right.

20. And, the girls just happened to have packed matching outfits when they arrange for the meeting at the hotel. Really?

Even if they ended up purchasing them there, did they just walk down the street to the store and pull out their own money?
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Even if they ended up purchasing them there, did they just walk down the street to the store and pull out their own money?

21. Lastly, how did Lindsay Lohan perfectly play twins at only 11 years old?

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Some questions may never be answered, and that's okay because The Parent Trap will always be one of Disney's best classic movies.

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