Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth James

If you read my other post, you’ll know that I recently became re-obsessed, if you will, with Disney’s 1998 version of The Parent Trap.

Since that last post, I’ve pretty much been playing my favorite song from the soundtrack through YouTube constantly.  I’ve also found the movie clip that features the song.

Which brings me to what I am writing today.  I’ve been able to play the song without a problem, but I have a bit of a hard time watching the video.  It’s a trigger because of the innocence issue I talked about before.

When I’m listening to the song by itself, I don’t have a problem because I can think about any situation that fits the lyrics.  When I’m watching the video, however,  I can’t escape the mother-daughter dynamic in the context of the film.  It’s too perfect.

When I first saw it after not having seen it in a long time, I was on the verge of tears.  I can keep my emotions in check now after having seen it a handful of times, but it still stings a bit.

I’d like to use the second part of this post to talk about Natasha Richardson, who starred as Elizabeth James, opposite Dennis Quaid.  When her untimely death was in the news, I didn’t have much of a reaction to it because I’d sort of forgotten about The Parent Trap and how much it once meant to me.  That, and I hadn’t seen her in anything else since the movie.

Looking back at the movie now, I almost can’t handle the feelings I’m having.  She was (is) really pretty.  I had a crush on her back in the day, and I can tell you that I still have one today that’s just as, if not more, intense.

Combine that with how I feel about the context of the clip, and I’m surprised I’m not an ugly crying mess every time I see it.  Because, in full disclosure, and if I remember correctly, I also once wanted Elizabeth James to be my mom.  I knew that couldn’t happen, of course; it was just a movie.  But it still looked like so much fun.  That is, meeting a long lost twin sister and then switching places to play a prank on your parents.  And getting revenge on your dad’s girlfriend sounds awesome too.

I guess all of this means I’ll have to watch the full movie sometime soon.

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