- Mark Waters
- Reviewed by
- José Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) is about to get married while her daughter Annabell (Lindsay Lohan) struggles through high school. Annabell hates her mother, and her mother doesn’t know what else to do with her. That is until one day they exchange bodies and must live each other’s lives. Hilarity ensues.
Freaky Friday is a remake of a Jodie Foster movie which stands as one of those great family movies from Disney that everyone used to know. When I heard of a remake I never had much faith in it, but surprisingly enough it came out great. It’s a very funny movie!!!
Of course we all know how it’s going to end, but all the situations that result because of the body-swapping are consistently funny. They never seem fake because the actresses do a believable job in imitating each other and because the script is clever and sharp.
Ultimately the movie is, for me, about how sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have in front of us because we’re so stuck in our own worlds. It’s a beautiful message and the movie works in transmitting that to us without being overly preachy.
Both Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan do exemplary jobs. You instantly get into their characters because they know what they’re doing and do it magnificently. Curtis is especially funny in emulating all of her daughter’s trace mannerisms.
Fun, fun, fun!
“Well, when you get your body back, it’s grounded!”
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