Freaky Friday (2003)

Mondays are manic. Wednesdays are wild. And Fridays are about to get a little freaky.

Mother and daughter bicker over everything -- what Anna wears, whom she likes and what she wants to do when she's older. In turn, Anna detests Tess's fiancé. When a magical fortune cookie switches their personalities, they each get a peek at how the other person feels, thinks and lives.

Really good watch, will watch again, and can recommend.
I'm not sure what it is about this movie, but it's just an easy, fun watch. Jamie Lee Curtis is a seasoned actress, and Lindsey Lohan had finally built enough experience to be reliable in this role where she's basically doing an impression of Jamie Lee Curtis being her mom. I'm not a huge fan of either one, but I'm not going to deny their acting "chops" and they bring it here, giving the audience a natural and fun atmosphere to the dilemma.
There are several very good improvements on original movie in this: cutting a lot of the thought narrative, adding a medium for the swap magic, having them wake up different instead of insta-switching, and several of the added plot lines really help fill out the world better. A career woman is more interesting to follow than a housewife (not that it's necessarily more important), the romance line(s) in this are surprising and slightly less creepy, and swapping a sports game out for musical show not only allowed for the cross competition between character events, but also allows for some great alt rock music throughout the movie: I'll admit to enjoying a movie more when I can relate to the music better.
There are several good supporting actors (big and small), to include the Chinese restaurant family which, I think is a very nice cherry on top of the story. By having the source of the magic be an outside party, I think it helps the complexity of the story without causing confusion.
It's a fun watch, give it a go.

Casual Friday Productions, Gunn Films, Walt Disney Pictures by Mark Waters, Mary Rodgers, Heather Hach, Leslie Dixon.
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould.

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Romance

Keywords: sibling relationship single parent parent child relationship mistake in person bride talk show body exchange motherly love high school wedding psychiatrist body-swap music band teen comedy child as an adult adult as a child

08/06/2003

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