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Freaky Friday (2003)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  6 August 2003 (USA)
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An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dottie Robertson (as Dina Waters)
Stacey Hinkhouse
Christina Marie Walter ...
Same Shirt Girl


The wide generation gap between Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter Anna is more than evident. They simply cannot understand each other's preferences. On a Thursday night they have a big argument in a Chinese restaurant. Both receive a fortune cookie each from the restaurant owner's mother which causes them to switch bodies next day. As they adjust with their new personalities, they begin to understand each other more and eventually it's the mutual self-respect that sorts the things out. Written by Soumitra

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Get Your Freak On August 1st See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freaky Friday - Ein voll verrückter Freitag  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,203,007 (USA) (8 August 2003)


$274,059 (Brazil) (27 February 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lizzie McGuire: Those Freaky McGuires (2002), an installment of Lizzie McGuire (2001) (also produced by Disney), is considered a fourth version of Mary Rodgers' story. "McGuire" star Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan had a rivalry during this period and apparently Duff, losing out on this role, demanded that her show get "Freaky" for one installment. See more »


At the rehearsal dinner, when Tess and Anna switch back, you can hear Grandpa shout "Earthquake!" but in the camera shot you see him looking around and his lips are not moving. See more »


[first lines]
Tess: Honey, wake up.
Anna: No.
Tess: Anna. Greet the day.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the end credits are shown to appear hand-written. See more »


Referenced in Brows Held High: Me and You and Everyone We Know (2011) See more »


Happy Together
Written by Gary Bonner (as Garry Bonner) and Alan Gordon
Produced by Don Gilmore
Performed by Simple Plan
Courtesy of Lava Records, LLC
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10 August 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is about the third adaptation of the Mary Rodgers novel. Finally, the team behind this film has gotten it together. It's obvious the original text has been revised in order to include the language of today. But the best thing about the movie is the casting assembled for it, with a sure director's hand behind it.

Actually, this is about the first film that has made me laugh since "Bringing down the house" that came out earlier this year. Most comedies today seem to forget that the basic premise for their existence is to amuse the audiences and entertain them, at the same time.

Mark Waters, the director shows he has a fine sense of how to make things move constantly in this comedy about identity changes. Of course, this film wouldn't be half the fun it is without Jamie Lee Curtis, who has never been as effective in any previous films. Her take on Tess Coleman, the not so cool therapist, strikes the right tone.

Her daughter is played with a lot of conviction by Lindsay Lohan, who is totally believable as the typical teen ager working through the pain of losing a father and getting a replacement she is not too fond of.

Things move at a rapid pace; there is never a dull moment in the film. It's a perfect summer comedy that will leave the viewer satisfied and happy.

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