Freaky Friday (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1

In this comedic remake of the 1976 Disney film, Dr. Tess Coleman (Jaime Lee Curtis) and 15-year-old daughter Anna (Lindsey Lohan) are going through normal but difficult stresses between parent and adolescent. They do not agree on school, music, clothes or relationships. The constant struggle hits a fevered pitch one night at a Chinese restaurant when they each receive a fortune cookie with a timely message. When they wake up the next morning, a Friday, Anna and Tess discover that they have mystically exchanged bodies. They now must come to terms with the complications of this situation, and they attempt to fix the other person while they are in each others body. Anna must be her Volvo-driving, psychotherapist mother who is just 24 hours away from her wedding to Ryan (Mark Harmon). And Tess must go to high school as her daughter and hang out with her teenage friends. Mother and daughter come face to face with the issues that put them at odds with each other.

While this movie is not as foul as other teen movies, Disney includes crude language in it, deviating somewhat from their commitment to produce a completely family-friendly work. Freaky Friday will keep you laughing and entertained because of the convincing acting of Curtis and Lohan and the situations in which their characters find themselves. The comedic talent of the support cast is also strong with Harold Gould portraying the crusty old grandpa and Ryan Malgarini playing Annas nosey but adorable little brother Harry. Tess, while in Annas body, surprises her friends by actually knowing something in English class and showing up the teacher. The film offers some good discussion opportunities for parents and children as mother and daughter try to understand each other while experiencing the others circumstances and responsibilities.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Walt Disney

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Twice mild (hell)

Obscene Language: Several mild (fart 1, other 4)

Profanity: Exclamatory: Several (6) times (G-sake 1, G 2, OMG 3)

Violence: Few mild (verbal fights between mother and daughter, pushing and shoving between sister and brother)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Wine is served at a dinner party and toasts are made.

Other: Woman practices meditation; someone autographs upper portion of anothers buttocks; girls have multiple piercings (ears and navel); infatuation between a teenager and an adult but not physical; when mother suggests that daughter dress more conservatively, daughter replies, That outfit would be fine if I was going out to sell Bibles.

Running Time: 86 minutes.
Intended Audience: Preteens through adults

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