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Freaky Friday (2003)

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An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday.

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Mark Waters

Writers:

Mary Rodgers (novel), Heather Hach (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Tess Coleman
Lindsay Lohan ... Anna Coleman
Mark Harmon ... Ryan
Harold Gould ... Grandpa
Chad Michael Murray ... Jake
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mr. Bates
Christina Vidal ... Maddie
Ryan Malgarini ... Harry Coleman
Haley Hudson ... Peg
Rosalind Chao ... Pei-Pei
Lucille Soong ... Pei-Pei's Mom
Willie Garson ... Evan
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Dottie Robertson (as Dina Waters)
Julie Gonzalo ... Stacey Hinkhouse
Christina Marie Walter Christina Marie Walter ... Same Shirt Girl
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Storyline

The wide generation gap between Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter Anna is more than evident. They simply cannot understand each other's preferences. On a Thursday night they have a big argument in a Chinese restaurant. Both receive a fortune cookie each from the restaurant owner's mother which causes them to switch bodies next day. As they adjust with their new personalities, they begin to understand each other more and eventually it's the mutual self-respect that sorts the things out. Written by Soumitra

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Every teenager's nightmare...turning into her mother. See more »


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

6 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freaky Friday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,203,007, 10 August 2003

Gross USA:

$110,230,332

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,846,332
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Freaky Friday was adapted into a musical, produced by Disney, in 2017. See more »

Goofs

In all but the third close shot of the drummer at the House of Blues auditions (while he mouths at Anna), the drums you hear are different from those he plays (you hear cymbals when he never actually strikes any, etc.). In the third shot, the audio and video appear to be synchronized. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tess: Honey, wake up.
Anna: No.
Tess: Anna. Greet the day.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the end credits are shown to appear hand-written. See more »

Alternate Versions

Scenes cut from a 2008 ABC airing include Jake singing "Hit Me Baby" to Tess's bedroom window and Pei-Pei's mother attempting to switch Harry and his grandfather. The ABC version instead ends with Tess and Anna dancing with their respective lovers before cutting to Anna's end credits performance. See more »

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Referenced in 30 Rock: Believe in the Stars (2008) See more »

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Fight Test
Written by Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, and Dave Fridmann
Performed by The Flaming Lips
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Freaky Friday: 7/10
9 August 2003 | by movieguy1021See all my reviews

To make Freaky Friday work perfectly; you would have to believe that Jamie Lee Curtis is Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan is Jamie Lee Curtis. Although at times it seemed that way, at other times, it just seemed like Lohan was trying to be Curtis and Curtis was trying to be Lohan. Any way you look at it, Freaky Friday is a family-friendly film that tries to please everyone, and does. It pleases shallow teen prep girls because of Chad Michael Murray. It pleases teen boys because of Lindsay Lohan. It pleases older men because of a Jamie Lee Curtis thong shot. It pleases older women because of Mark Harmon. It pleases the whole family, being that they already saw Finding Nemo and it's the only other family movie out there.

Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) (changed from Ellen Andrews from the novel by Mary Rodgers) is a harried psychiatrist who still has time for her family. Anna Colemen (Lohan) (changed from Annabel Andrews) is supposed to be a typical teenager (but is anything but), and has daily fights with her younger brother Harry (Ryan Malgarini) (changed from Ben Andrews). Tess is going to marry Ryan (Harmon), because her husband died three years ago (can't there be a Disney movie with both parents still alive?), of whom Anna doesn't approve. After a fueled feud, Tess and Anna open fortune cookies that switch bodies: Tess is in Anna's body, and vice versa. Whatever will be done?

Although most people have praised Curtis for her accurate portrayal of a typical teen (although with the people at my school, what she does is anything but typical), and she should be, Lohan does better at being an adult. If Lohan, a teenager, could be an adult so well, that's rather scary. I thought at most times Lohan was Tess, but Curtis was having too much fun as Anna to really be thought of as great. Instead of acting like Lohan, Curtis just acts like a young kid who just ate too much ice cream.

One part of Freaky Friday that I didn't like is how often we were put in an awkward situation. And when they were there, they just didn't seem plausible. All of a sudden, Anna-as-Tess is a guest on a talk show, talks to someone she has a crush on, and watches Tess-as-Anna perform? Not only were they awkward, they were just not believable. On the other hand, Freaky Friday not only has some genuinely funny moments, but is also quite touching at times. Obviously, it was going to be, and Tess and Anna were going to learn to respect each other, considering it was shown in the trailer.

One other part I didn't like was how far it strayed from the book. It only focused on Anna-as-Tess (Annabel-as-Ellen), and how she spent her day. Of course, back then she was a housewife, but now she has to be a successful doctor. I do admire it for changing it, unlike others, which is basically watching the book. Overall, Freaky Friday is a likable, pleasant 90-minute diverter. It won't change your life, but you won't be upset you saw it.

My rating: 7/10

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some language.


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