Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.
Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her sixteenth year.
Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
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
Chad Michael Murray (Jake) and Julie Gonzalo (Stacy) later worked together on A Cinderella Story (2004) in similar roles. Murray was again cast as the main character's love interest, while Gonzalo was again cast as the main character's rival. The main character was portrayed by Hillary Duff who lost out on the role of Anna to Lindsay Lohan. The two were in a very high profile feud at the time. 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 »
The beginning of the end credits are shown to appear hand-written. See more »
Scenes cut from a 2008 ABC airing include Jake singing "Hit Me Baby" to Tess's bedroom window and Pei-Pei's mother attempting to switch Harry and his grandfather. The ABC version instead ends with Tess and Anna dancing with their respective lovers before cutting to Anna's end credits performance. See more »
An homage to the old Disney and a hoot for the viewer
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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