Baby Boomers who had their first crushes on child star Hayley Mills in the original PARENT TRAP (1961) will be so busy marveling that she's now playing twin grown ups they'll barely notice this made-for-TV sequel’s shortcomings.
Tampa, Florida: 11-year-old Nikki Ferris (Carrie Kei Heim) can’t see the advantage of moving to Manhattan, but she also knows that her divorced mom, Sharon (Hayley Mills), has made up her mind. Nikki tolerates summer school by daydreaming about a way out, and a solution arrives in the person of kindred spirit Mary Grand (Bridgette Anderson). Mary's widowed father, Bill
(Tom Skerritt), is reticent about wading into the dating scene; why couldn't the girls pair up their unattached parents and form an instant family? Not only would the pre-teens get to remain in Florida, but they get to live under the same roof. It doesn’t occur to Mary and Nikki that culture-vulture Sharon has little in common with sportswriter Bill, and when the romance fails to take off, Nikki takes the extraordinary measure of phoning her free-spirited Aunt Susan
(also Mills). Game for a reunion with her twin, Susan agrees to fly in from California while her husband is away on business. Before long, Bill and Sharon’s housekeeper begin seeing double. Down-to-earth Susan hooks Bill for her cautious twin, but Sharon doesn’t seem eager to reel him in. When Sharon discovers the deception, she decides to make Susan squirm a bit. On the verge of resigning themselves to a long-distance friendship, Nikki and Mary learn that it’s best to let nature take its course.
Even a double dose of Mills’ charm can’t quite compensate for the deficiencies of Stuart Krieger’s labored script – this coy frolic plays like a French bedroom farce cleaned up for a summer theater camp. But for Mills fans that's not the point, and kids should enjoy the underaged scheming.
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- Released: 1986
- Rating: NR
- Review: Baby Boomers who had their first crushes on child star Hayley Mills in the original PARENT TRAP (1961) will be so busy marveling that she's now playing twin grown ups they'll barely notice this made-for-TV sequel’s shortcomings. Tampa, Florida: 11-year-… (more)