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Freaky Friday (2003)

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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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Mondays are manic. Wednesdays are wild. And Fridays are about to get a little freaky. See more »

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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michelle Trachtenberg was cast as Anna, but had to back out due to her contractual obligations to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). See more »


In all but the third close shot of the drummer at the House of Blues auditions (while he mouths at Anna), the drums you hear are different from those he plays (you hear cymbals when he never actually strikes any, etc.). In the third shot, the audio and video appear to be synchronized. 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 »


Version of Lizzie McGuire: Those Freaky McGuires (2002) See more »


Nothing Ever Happens
Written by Freda Love Smith
Performed by Blake Babies (as The Blake Babies)
Courtesy of Zoe Records/Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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