Freaky Friday (2003)


“Like cooking: I mean, have you never heard of takeout? And cleaning: let’s don’t and say we did. Quality time with your kids: You know what? Quit bugging ’em. Leave ’em alone. They like it! ” – Anna (in Tess’ body)

Number of Times Seen – Twice (11 Dec 2003 and 6 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A mother and daughter who have nothing in common end up switching bodies and each must find a way to deal with the problems of the other.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out and always remembered how much fun it does with this premise.

This is an updated version of the switching bodies idea from the 70’s and this one works so much better than the original did.

They manage to modernize things in a way that is both effective for teens and for parents alike in the way that these characters are portrayed.

They manage to develop these characters really well and that helps make us care so much for them as the story unfolds no matter which body they currently embody.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan are both great in these roles because they are each able to play both personalities of mother and daughter as needed.

This helps make things feel even more realistic as the story moves along.

The film also has a great supporting cats that includes Mark Harmon in a role that is quite different from the one that he has become familiar to fans with on TV over the past 18 years.

Bottom Line – Really fun updated version of this film that works so much better than the original one did. The characters are developed quite well and that helps us care so much about them no matter which body they currently are in.  Curtis and Lohan are both great in these roles and manage to play both personalities of these characters so well that we can believe everything that transpires. The supporting cats is also great and Harmon does a really nice job in a role that is not the kind we have grown to expect him to portray. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Jamie Lee Curtis found out that Lindsay Lohan, who was going to be playing her daughter, had starred in The Parent Trap (1998), she asked, “Which twin did she play?”, unaware that Lohan had performed both roles. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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