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Still shot from the movie: The Parent Trap (1998).

The Parent Trap (1998)

Although they don't know it, twin sisters Hallie and Annie (both played by Lindsay Lohan), were separated at birth by a divorce. When the two accidentally meet at summer camp, and figure out their relationship, the pair decide to try and trap their parents (Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid) back into marriage. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: B
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Run Time: 127
Theater Release: 29 Jul 1998
Video Release: 31 May 2001
MPAA Rating: PG
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katv says: Sep. 12, 2010

Although this film has little physical violence it includes nasty practical “jokes” which I think should take its A rating down to at least a C.  The message of the movie seems to be that if you take a dislike to someone then emotional violence or nastiness is the way forward.  At the camp the twins engage in a vendetta at each other and their close friends.  My children who have not been exposed to that sort of thing reacted in puzzlement, wondering what on earth was going on.  We certainly did not see any joke in someone waking up screaming because she had been covered in syrup while she slept.

Later in the movie the twins way of discouraging the father and his fiancee from marrying is not to expose the financee’s insincerity and desire to live off his money.  Their way of expressing their anger is to be so nasty to her that she cannot contenance marrying if the twins live with the father. 

Examples of their nastiness include
having discovered that the fiancee is terrified of lizards, they drop one in her hair from where it crawls down her face as she is screaming and into her mouth,
the fiancee is exhausted on a hike, so the twins secretly fill her rucksac with rocks,
while the fiancee sleeps the twins drag her air bed out of the tent and launch it into the lake. 

I would not want anyone to do this to me or my loved ones.  I don’t even think that this is justified behaviour towards our supposed enemies.  (Its why on the wider scale, society frowns upon torture of criminals or suspects).  I find no humour in seeing people being bullied and terrorised. 

Maybe this site considers such violence and cruelty OK because it is not physical?  As a psychotherapist, as a mother and a citizen I do not.

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