The Parent Trap II (1986)

25 years after the first film, Sharon McKendrick Ferris (Hayley Mills) is a divorced single mother living in Tampa. Her daughter Nikki (Carrie Kei Heim) is a lot like her mom used to be: unhappy, sick of moving around and not wanting to attend an all-girls school.

As Nikki goes to summer school, she becomes friends with Mary Grand (Bridgette Andersen, who would go on to star in Cannon’s Too Much) and the two decide to fix up Mary’s dad Bill (Tom Skerritt) with Sharon and therefore get to see their parents happy and have their friendship not go long distance. When the first few dates don’t go well, the girls get Nikki’s aunt Susan Evers Carey (also Hayley Mills) involved.

Sharon figures it out and decides to go on a date with Susan’s husband Brian (Alex Harvey) and that seems like really taking things too far. Then again, Susan is on a date with Bill pretending to be Sharon, so who knows with these sisters who seem to swing.

Well, through the magic of tween trickery, Sharon and Bill get abandoned on a boat that goes out to sea and end up falling for one another. Oh Disney TV movies, how you twist, you turn and then you do things that make no sense after it seems like we’ve already reached the end of the movie.

If you’re a fan of Mills, the names Nikki Ferris and Mary Grand reference her parts in The Moon-Spinners and In Search of the Castaways.

Ronald F. Maxwell is an interesting pick for a Disney Channel director, seeing as how he made Little Darlings. This was written by Stu Krieger, who also was the scriptwriter for Where the Boys Are 84Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and Phantom of the Megaplex.

There would be as long a wait until the next movie.

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