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Freaky Friday

Fantasy . Family . Comedy

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.

Actors: Mark Harmon , Lindsay Lohan , Jamie Lee Curtis , Dina Spybey-Waters , Chad Michael Murray , Haley Hudson , Harold Gould , Stephen Tobolowsky , Christina Vidal , Ryan Malgarini
Directors: Mark Waters
Country: USA
Release: 2003-08-06
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A funny, shrewd, no-bull family comedy about the relationship between mothers and teenage daughters that allows Curtis the comedian to remember her days as a slinky starlet while making use of her wisdom as the mother of an adolescent girl herself.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Since her character wears no historical costumes and suffers from no debilitating ailment, it is likely that Ms. Curtis will be overlooked when Oscar season rolls around. This is a shame, since it is unlikely that any other actress this year will match the loose, energetic wit she brings to this delightful movie.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Offers plenty of honest, good-natured laughs in the process. That's something young and old can appreciate equally.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    This is the first real family comedy I've seen in a long time: one honest enough to satisfy teens, wryly funny enough for adults and zany enough for little kids.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The new "Freaky" plays the obvious gags in ways both surprising and imaginative.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Turning ordinary life into movie magic is one of the most difficult, least-heralded challenges for any filmmaker. What makes Freaky Friday a charmer isn't how far-out things get for this mother and daughter, but how sweet and distinctly un-freaky a kid, her mom and their love for each other can be.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon have devised some lovely and hilarious variations on Rodgers’s irresistible premise.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Genuinely clever switched-identities romp.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Cheerful, energetic and on the money.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jennifer Frey

    Terrific at capturing what teenage behavior would look like on a grown-up.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ted Shen

    The premise provides a fine showcase for the two appealing actresses, who appropriate each other's vocal and physical mannerisms with dead-on accuracy.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Body-switch plots are a license for adults to act like kids; probably nobody has had more fun at it than Tom Hanks did in "Big," but Curtis comes close.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Deliciously acted and good-humored to its core, it's one of the summer's very best surprises.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Disney's best comedy in years.

    New York Post Full Review
  • C.W. Nevius

    This is Curtis' film. Looking a little like a combination of Carol Burnett and Annie Lennox, Curtis has this character down.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It all adds up to belly laughs aplenty and a rollicking good time.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Freaky Friday version 2003 is a shinier, snappier animal, partly because young girls now dress like Avril Lavigne, and partly because Jamie Lee Curtis has her best role in years and knows it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    A family-friendly remake funnier, fresher and more affecting than the flavorless original.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Even though this is a light, cheerful picture about family relationships, it never feels overplayed -- its tone is bright without being garish. And it moves breezily. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Freaky Friday gives Curtis the chance to go all goofy and showcase her gift for splayed physical comedy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Waters directing, from a perky script by Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon, is bouncy and assured enough to give a cheeky lilt to what otherwise might have been an earnest PSA for intergenerational peace, love and understanding.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Freaky Friday mines a lot of laughs from common misapprehensions adults have about adolescent life, with fun bits of observation about schoolwork, dating, and other practices where kids have to bend the rules in order to survive.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    There’s enough intelligence and wit here to sustain your interest, especially when Curtis and Lohan are in peak form. They put the freak in this Freaky Friday.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Lohan has a fresh presence; in a world of pale blond princesses it's a relief to see a freckled redhead who looks like she eats occasionally. A pleasure, too, to watch a young actress accomplished enough to play not only a punky high schooler, but a punky high schooler with a middle-aged woman trapped insider her.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Christine Dolen

    Some older movies are so terrific, so capable of touching new generations that they cry out to be updated and remade. The mildly entertaining Freaky Friday isn't one of them.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    An unexpected delight.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    The performances, of a higher order than the film's cheesy script and double-cheese direction, are the reasons to see the picture. A reason not to: the means by which parent and child trade bodies.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Motion picture cotton candy - sweet while it lasts, easily disposed of, and insubstantial.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The movie is directed by Mark Waters (responsible for the indie black comedy, "The House of Yes") and mostly, he's workmanlike, but smart enough to get out of the way of the nicely balanced two lead performances.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Harmon and Murray are cardboard cutouts of ideal boyfriends; the only male performer allowed to shine is newcomer Ryan Malgarini, who nearly steals every scene he's in.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Kevin Carr

    Doesn’t offer any huge revelations about life, the universe and everything, but it’s not meant to. It’s meant to be a fun kid’s movie, and it’s a must see for mothers and daughters.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Happily, Jamie Lee Curtis gurning through a guitar solo (she is Lady Spinal Tap, after all) while her floundering ‘mother’ mimes on stage is amusing.

    Empire Full Review
  • Ed Park

    The situation -- a mother-daughter mind-body switcheroo -- is as enduringly appealing as it is absurd, and the comedy flows therefrom.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Freaky Friday commits a lot of sins; luckily, it has Curtis and a few others to cover them up.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rick Kisonak

    Post-personality switch, the picture does come to life somewhat but proves a one trick pony.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Bill Gallo

    There's so much EFFORT here to convince us of the switcheroo (already one of Hollywood's oldest ploys) that we soon weary of it.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
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