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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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Mark Waters

Writers:

Mary Rodgers (novel), Heather Hach (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Tess Coleman
Lindsay Lohan ... Anna Coleman
Mark Harmon ... Ryan
Harold Gould ... Grandpa
Chad Michael Murray ... Jake
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mr. Bates
Christina Vidal ... Maddie
Ryan Malgarini ... Harry Coleman
Haley Hudson ... Peg
Rosalind Chao ... Pei-Pei
Lucille Soong ... Pei-Pei's Mom
Willie Garson ... Evan
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Dottie Robertson (as Dina Waters)
Julie Gonzalo ... Stacey Hinkhouse
Christina Marie Walter Christina Marie Walter ... Same Shirt Girl
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

6 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freaky Friday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,203,007, 10 August 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$110,230,332, 15 January 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,846,332, 4 April 2004
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Anna (in Tess's body) was woken up by Tess (in Anna's body), Anna tried to fix her hair as she got up but Anna was fixing her hair like she was still Tess - brushing the ends of her short hair. As "Anna", she should have instead tried touching her "long" hair. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in Charmed: Switches & Stones (2019) See more »

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Peking Duck Bossa Nova
Written and Performed by Herman Beeftink
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Want a Freakishly Good Time?
16 August 2003 | by v0dcheySee all my reviews

I admit, I was dragged to this movie by my 12-year-old cousin. At first I thought, "Lindsay Lohan? Who's that? And Jamie Lee Curtis? Isn't that the 'scream queen'?" I didn't want to go, but that was that.

Within the first few minutes of the movie, I rolled my eyes. I thought it was just a cliche movie about a mom and a daughter that fight a lot. I was bored. But ten minutes later, the magic began. I found my eyes glued to the massive screen, I found myself "shushing" anyone that interrupted my connection with the two stars. I was hooked, and that was that.

Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis work wonders together. They have wonderful chemistry on screen that make you believe that they have, in fact, switched bodies. Both actresses were brilliant in their roles of switch reversal. Their acting was so real, their expressions so priceless. Awesome, too, was the movie's supporting cast. Enough said. The script was amazingly well written, the directing extraordinary.

To sum it up, this movie was "freakishly good." Pure magic, I tell you.


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