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Release Date: August 06, 2003

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Chad Michael Murray, Harold Gould, Ryan Malgarini, and Christina Vidal

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children to
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder The cast of FREAKY
FRIDAY, Walt Disney’s remake
of a novel by Mary Rodgers,
seems to be having a really
good time. This doesn’t
always filter down to the
audience, but FREAKY FRIDAY
nevertheless provides plenty
of hilarity, energy, and
entertainment to delight all
but the most blasé of
moviegoers. In the familiar
story adapted from Mary
Rodgers well-known novel,
Lindsay Lohan of 1998’s THE
PARENT TRAP plays 15-year-old
Anna Coleman, who’s not
getting along with her mother,
Tess. A professional
psychologist and widow, Tess
is preoccupied with her plans
to get remarried and with her
book that’s just come out.
Anna is upset that her mother
doesn’t support her musical
aspirations, and Tess is
disappointed to learn that one
of Anna’s teacher, Mr.
Bates, with whom Anna also
doesn’t get along, gave her
detention twice in one day.
Things come to a head when
Anna and her rock band get a
chance to audition the same
night as her mother’s
rehearsal dinner. That
Thursday evening, during
dinner with Tess and her
fiancé at a Chinese
restaurant, the mother of the
restaurant owner notices Anna
and Tess arguing. She gives
them two special fortune
cookies, and the next morning,
Tess and Anna wake up inside
the other’s body. Scrambling
to cover each other’s hectic
schedule, they search for a
way to switch back before the
wedding on Saturday. Jamie Lee
Curtis, who has a teenage
daughter herself in real life,
clearly relishes her role as
Tess. She gives an inspired
performance. Lindsay Lohan
also seems to enjoy Anna,
especially when the mother is
trapped in Anna’s body. Most
of the enjoyment in watching
the movie comes from their
spirited performances. The
movie also features two
original, catchy pop rock
songs that Lindsay and her
band members, including
Christina Vidal, sing with
gusto. Lindsay and Jamie Lee
also get to play a couple
brief, nicely done guitar
solos. Many movies like this
that feature original songs
have lackluster music, but
that’s not the case with
FREAKY FRIDAY. Of course, the
problem with the FREAKY FRIDAY
concept is that it relies upon
a false religious notion that
souls can switch bodies.
Christian theology teaches,
however, that this is
impossible. Also, in this
version of the story, a
magical fortune cookie is the
culprit behind the curse. On
the other hand, the only way
that the curse can be broken
is by an act of selfless love
that both Tess and Anna must
perform. The movie supports
this redemptive aspect by
having a few morally
uplifting, touching scenes
between Tess, Anna, Tess’s
fiance, and Anna’s
brother. MOVIEGUIDE® advises
caution for older children for
this FREAKY FRIDAY because of
its occult fortune cookie
gimmick and a significant
amount of light foul language.
There is also an important
scene where one character
advises people to let go of
their feelings, which can lead
to negative consequences if
one carried out such a
Romantic philosophy in real
life. Please address your
comments to: Michael Eisner,
Chairman/CEO Buena Vista
Distribution Co. (Walt Disney
Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood,
Miramax, & Touchstone
Pictures) Dick Cook,
Chairman Walt Disney
Pictures 500 South Buena Vista
Street Burbank, CA
91521 Phone: (818)
560-1000 Website:
www.disney.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 93 minutes

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(C, B, O, FR, Ro, LL, V, N, A, M) Light redemptive worldview with moral elements where selfless love overcomes occult magic as well as false religious notion that souls can switch bodies, and romantic element where one character teaches people to let go with their feelings; two light obscenities and 14 light exclamatory profanities; some comical slapstick violence such as people smacking into one another, girl deliberately hits another girl’s head with volleyball, and sibling rivalry leads to off-screen fighting; no sex but teenagers kiss; image of woman in skimpy underwear from behind; alcohol use; no smoking; and, lying, rebellious children, teenage girl deliberately gets another girl into trouble, and teacher harasses student because of grudge against her mother.

GENRE: Comedy

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Summary:

FREAKY FRIDAY stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as a mother and teenage daughter who find themselves trapped in each other’s body. Only an act of selfless love can bring them back. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of the movie’s occult fortune cookie gimmick and light foul language, which are mitigated by some redemptive and morally uplifting elements.

Review:

The cast of FREAKY FRIDAY, Walt Disney’s remake of a novel by Mary Rodgers, seems to be having a really good time. This doesn’t always filter down to the audience, but FREAKY FRIDAY nevertheless provides plenty of hilarity, energy, and entertainment to delight all but the most blasé of moviegoers.

In the familiar story adapted from Mary Rodgers well-known novel, Lindsay Lohan of 1998’s THE PARENT TRAP plays 15-year-old Anna Coleman, who’s not getting along with her mother, Tess. A professional psychologist and widow, Tess is preoccupied with her plans to get remarried and with her book that’s just come out. Anna is upset that her mother doesn’t support her musical aspirations, and Tess is disappointed to learn that one of Anna’s teacher, Mr. Bates, with whom Anna also doesn’t get along, gave her detention twice in one day. Things come to a head when Anna and her rock band get a chance to audition the same night as her mother’s rehearsal dinner.

That Thursday evening, during dinner with Tess and her fiancé at a Chinese restaurant, the mother of the restaurant owner notices Anna and Tess arguing. She gives them two special fortune cookies, and the next morning, Tess and Anna wake up inside the other’s body. Scrambling to cover each other’s hectic schedule, they search for a way to switch back before the wedding on Saturday.

Jamie Lee Curtis, who has a teenage daughter herself in real life, clearly relishes her role as Tess. She gives an inspired performance. Lindsay Lohan also seems to enjoy Anna, especially when the mother is trapped in Anna’s body. Most of the enjoyment in watching the movie comes from their spirited performances. The movie also features two original, catchy pop rock songs that Lindsay and her band members, including Christina Vidal, sing with gusto. Lindsay and Jamie Lee also get to play a couple brief, nicely done guitar solos. Many movies like this that feature original songs have lackluster music, but that’s not the case with FREAKY FRIDAY.

Of course, the problem with the FREAKY FRIDAY concept is that it relies upon a false religious notion that souls can switch bodies. Christian theology teaches, however, that this is impossible. Also, in this version of the story, a magical fortune cookie is the culprit behind the curse. On the other hand, the only way that the curse can be broken is by an act of selfless love that both Tess and Anna must perform. The movie supports this redemptive aspect by having a few morally uplifting, touching scenes between Tess, Anna, Tess’s fiance, and Anna’s brother.

MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for this FREAKY FRIDAY because of its occult fortune cookie gimmick and a significant amount of light foul language. There is also an important scene where one character advises people to let go of their feelings, which can lead to negative consequences if one carried out such a Romantic philosophy in real life.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO

Buena Vista Distribution Co.

(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)

Dick Cook, Chairman

Walt Disney Pictures

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: (818) 560-1000

Website: www.disney.com

SUMMARY: FREAKY FRIDAY stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as a mother and teenage daughter who find themselves trapped in each other’s body. Only an act of selfless love can bring them back. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of the movie’s occult fortune cookie gimmick and light foul language, which are mitigated by some redemptive and morally uplifting elements.

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