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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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Dottie Robertson (as Dina Waters)
Stacey Hinkhouse
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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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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?


The "S" and "Y" on the Sony television in the teacher's lounge is blacked out, leaving "ON" on the front of the set. See more »


When Anna (Tess) needs a ride home and asks Jake if he take her, the camera is reflected in Jake's helmet. See more »


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

At the beginning of the end credits, Pink Slip (the band in the movie) performs "Ultimate" at the wedding reception. See more »


Referenced in Gossip Girl: Rhodes to Perdition (2011) See more »


I Wonder
Written by Tomas Constanza
Performed by Diffuser
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Curtis outstanding as troubled teen in mom's body
30 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

At first I couldn't understand why this was the version to see. It didn't seem any better than the Shelley Long/Gaby Hoffmann version I enjoyed years ago. Lindsay Lohan was a holy terror and her mom was merely uptight but nothing special. But of course all that changed when the magic spell took effect and Anna woke up horrified.

There are many deserving performances, mostly dramatic, that get Oscar nominations each year. It's easier for a movie like this to get recognition when comedy has its own categories. But Jamie Lee Curtis was amazing. Such a bizarre sight, this middle-aged woman acting like a teen! Maybe Oscar would be asking too much because of the competition, but Curtis certainly deserved a Golden Globe nomination. And Lindsay Lohan did a capable job of the mom in a teen's body, trying so hard to fit in at school.

Harold Gould's performance also should be noted. He made quite a likable buffoonish grandfather. I liked Rosalind Chao's clueless, almost stereotypical restaurant hostess. Lucille Soong made us notice as Chao's meddling mom who just HAD to help this family. And Jeff Marcus as one of Tess' more troubled patients.

Although the musicians showed talent, I will say I agree with the first opinion Tess had of her daughter's music. It was all just noise! I liked the music for the wedding rehearsal.

I still want to see the Jodie Foster original, and twice I have been annoyed that someone felt the need to do a remake rather than show the original. But this one was really worth it!

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