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Freaky Friday (2003)

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

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Also Known As:

Freaky Friday - Ein voll verrückter Freitag  »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$110,222,438 (USA) (9 January 2004)
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Trivia

Dina Lohan: The mother of Lindsay Lohan, Dina is in the end scene when Anna is dancing with Jake. She is in the background dancing with an older gentleman, and looks directly at the camera. See more »

Goofs

When Tess (in Anna's body) wakes up after the swap, she makes her way out of Anna's room and the door, which was removed the night before, is still there. In subsequent shots, and conversations, it's obvious that the door isn't supposed to be there. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 5 September 2016 (2016) See more »

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I'd Like to Be Like You for a Day
Written by Joel Hirschhorn (as Joel Hirschorn) and Alfred J. Kasha
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What, me cry?
16 November 2003 | by (Puyallup, WA) – See all my reviews

Look . . . I'm mainly into sci-fi, fantasy, action-thriller, and special effects movies (i.e. Matrix, LOTR, Identity, Star Wars, etc.) and generally try to avoid chic flicks and warm-fuzzy feel-good movies. After watching the current Freaky Friday starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan now I understand why.

See, I'm a guy, and guys don't cry, well, that's what we've been told. On top of that I'm 48 years old so I'd better have my maturity act together. So, what happened? Besides laughing my butt off at the truly funny scenes (my wife and I caught a few stares from other movie-goers), I had to strain every muscle in my body to keep from bawling like a, no, it can't be true .. . girl.

I might have to consult a therapist (Jamie Lee can certainly fill that role anytime) to understand why this movie had such a profound effect on my emotions. Maybe it's because my parents never really understood me (I certainly understand them now) or maybe it's because I have a couple daughters and I've rarely tried to put myself in their shoes. This movie accomplished that for me, big time . . . the ultimate exercise in empathy.

The interaction between mother and daughter was superbly acted and very believable especially with the switched roles. Moreover, the supporting characters, from the little brother, to the fiancé, to the grandfather, to even the detention monitor at the school were also outstanding and made this story a real winner.

I can honestly say that this is in my top 20 favorite movies of all time and I will most certainly buy the DVD when available. I can't believe I've been saying all this about a movie way out of my usual genre but here it is, in writing. Please watch this movie, and then tell me I'm not losing it. Enjoy!


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