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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 verr├╝ckter 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Annette Bening was originally slated to play Tess Coleman. She backed out shortly before filming and was replaced by Jamie Lee Curtis. Sigourney Weaver was also considered. See more »


When asked, Anna tells Jake that she plays her "dad's old Telecaster". The guitar she plays in the movie is not a Telecaster but a Telesonic that wasn't produced and sold until July of 1998. However, the Telesonic is a guitar made by Fender themselves and based heavily on the design of the Telecaster. It is considered a 'supersonic' version of the original guitar, hence the name 'Telesonic'. It would be quite reasonable, for the sake of keeping explanation to a minimum, for Anna to refer to her guitar as a Telecaster. 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 Work It: My So-Called Mid-Life Crisis (2013) See more »


Written by Maya Ford, Allison Robertson, Brett Anderson, and Torry Castellano (as Torrence Costellano)
Performed by The Donnas
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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An homage to the old Disney and a hoot for the viewer
16 August 2003 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I've been wanting to see this film since the trailers started playing many moons ago. I saw the Jody Foster version when it first came out in 1976 and like that one, the 2003 version is an excellent all ages movie. It reminds me of the great flicks Disney use to release all the time during the 60's and 70's so it was no surprise they reached to the vault to redo "Freaky Friday".

Jamie Lee Curtis has her best comedy role since "A Fish Called Wanda". She was having fun with the part and many of the teen mannerisms she did as Annabell were dead on. Curtis is one of the most underrated actors in the world. Just based on her performance "Freaky Friday" was a great ride.

Lindsay Lohan made the movie better with her take on Annabell. I have liked Lohan since "The Parent Trap" and if she decides to stay with acting she might go on as long as Jody Foster has in the business. Lohan has one thing that actors like Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts have and that is an expressive face. Acting is so much better when the actor can add to their part through the expressions in their face and Lindsay can do that.

Watching the movie was a delight for me. I never got the feeling that 35 year old men wrote the script (they didn't) like I do with some of the "teen" movies out today.

The music used by the movie band "Pink Slip" was above average and the other soundtrack music fit the film as well.

Now if they would just do a big budget "Herbie the Love Bug" feature, I would be even more happy.

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