I stumbled upon The Parent Trap on ABC Family this afternoon and promptly had a serious case of nostalgia followed by a bout of depression. The Parent Trap seems like the least likely movie to have that affect on someone.
For starters, it stars Lindsay Lohan as Hallie and Annie, the long-lost twins who conspire to bring their divorced parents (Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid) back together. Lohan has had a notorious up and down and down career and personal life. Everything she does is tabloid fodder. Watching Lohan in 1998 and knowing what happened to her career post-The Parent Trap is incredibly upsetting.
I could sit here and mope about Lindsay Lohan’s failed and flailing career but really, she did that to herself. For me, what is more upsetting than Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap is Natasha Richardson’s role as the twin’s mother. Then this following clip was sweet and sentimental. Today it is almost gut-wrenching.
Who knew that 12 years later this charming Disney movie (and it is a great family film) would carry so much emotional weight.
Lindsay’s new film, “Labor Pains,” will not be released in theaters, Access Hollywood has learned.
Instead, the comedy will premiere on ABC Family, a source for the film’s production company, Nu Image/Millennium Films, confirmed to Access.
The movie will debut on the cable channel in July 2009, with a DVD release coming in August.
At least it is not a straight-to-DVD release? When I think of Lindsay Lohan, I usually channel Tyra Banks when she yelled at Tiffany on ANTM (“We were all rooting for you!”). Unless she cleans up her act and without a major comeback soon, Lilo will just be another has-been child star.
In a letter to gossip columnist Perez Hilton, Lindsay wrote “it’s disgusting what these g-d damn people are doing to me. As well as the people in my life that I work with/for. It’s vulgar and I’m saddened for myself. And, ANY of those willing to fall into judging me in any way in the future or past, can watch the video tapes that these men/women take of me while they are being invasive towards my DAY off…Which I never have anymore. Send that to Morgan Creek.”
Wow, I cannot believe I almost missed this. Normally I would defend the actor and not the studio executives, but Lindsay deserved what was written about her.
If she wants to be taken more seriously, then maybe she should start acting like a professional and not some immature 20-year-old who always needs her mother to clean up after her mistakes.
I don’t even care about Lindsay Lohan that much. I just think it’s a shame that someone with that much talent, would waste everything away partying. But what do I know. Maybe she’ll come out with a string of movies that a reminiscent of her Freaky Friday/Mean Girls days.
“The problem today, and I think it’s a very dangerous one for the people concerned, is that there are quite large numbers of very young men and women from 18 to 30, and they are playing very large parts in huge films and they simply, through no fault of their own, don’t have the background and the experience and the knowledge to pull if off. “And it’s dangerous for them because if they are in one failure after another, sooner or later people are going to say, ‘Well, he may have a pretty face but he’s not bringing the public in.’ So many of these good-looking – sometimes even pretty – boys and girls are getting these good roles and it’s not fair on them. At some point it’s going to catch up.”
Good words, Christopher Lee. People should listen (Are you listening yet, Lindsay Lohan and company?) when movie legends share their knowledge of the industry. Sure, H-wood has changed since the days of Hepburn and Tracy, but you can learn so much from their career and the choices they made. If you want to be a legend, those are the leads you should follow.