I would first like to say that I do not own that many DVDs. 80 tops; having moved around a lot I have had to keep my collection pretty trim. Since becoming friends with writer Chris, I have had access to an extensive library of movies, and the only films I have gained are ones I received as presents. There is one film that I bought myself a long time ago, that I watch at least once a year, that I will never git rid of, yet I hide at the back of my compact collection. This film, I am ashamed to say, is The Parent Trap.
To quickly defend myself somewhat, I am talking about the 1961 Hayley Mills original, not the latter Lindsay Lohan mockery of a remake.
Hayley Mills stars as both Sharon and Susan, who meet at a summer camp and soon realise they are long lost twins. Hatching a plan to reunite their parents, they swap places and return home to live each others lives.
It’s not the greatest story ever told, and the script is very dated, but that is part of its charm. It is, at its heart, a true 1960s Disney movie; totally inoffensive and family friendly. When I am feeling ill, or it’s cold and grey outside, there is nothing I love more than popping in The Parent Trap and going back to a warm and sunny 1950s America where everything always works out.