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
Jamie Lee Curtis had only six days to prepare for the role of Tess, after Annette Bening dropped out. See more »
The school scenes were shot at Palisades Charter High School in California. The crew renamed the school to "Sunset Ridge High School", but in the gym scenes, the Pali logo (a "P") is clearly seen in the middle of the court. See more »
At the beginning of the end credits, Pink Slip (the band in the movie) performs "Ultimate" at the wedding reception. 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 »
This is about the third adaptation of the Mary Rodgers novel. Finally, the team behind this film has gotten it together. It's obvious the original text has been revised in order to include the language of today. But the best thing about the movie is the casting assembled for it, with a sure director's hand behind it.
Actually, this is about the first film that has made me laugh since "Bringing down the house" that came out earlier this year. Most comedies today seem to forget that the basic premise for their existence is to amuse the audiences and entertain them, at the same time.
Mark Waters, the director shows he has a fine sense of how to make things move constantly in this comedy about identity changes. Of course, this film wouldn't be half the fun it is without Jamie Lee Curtis, who has never been as effective in any previous films. Her take on Tess Coleman, the not so cool therapist, strikes the right tone.
Her daughter is played with a lot of conviction by Lindsay Lohan, who is totally believable as the typical teen ager working through the pain of losing a father and getting a replacement she is not too fond of.
Things move at a rapid pace; there is never a dull moment in the film. It's a perfect summer comedy that will leave the viewer satisfied and happy.
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