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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They've always been in each other's faces. Today they're in each other's bodies. See more »


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

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Trivia

As an homage to Jamie Lee Curtis's mother Janet Leigh, known for her performance in Psycho (1960), a character named Mr. Bates is present in the film. This is a nod to the character of Norman Bates in Psycho (1960). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Performed by Joey Ramone
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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Put yourself in others shoes
21 September 2005 | by bhatianSee all my reviews

This film is an excellent entertainment. I thoroughly enjoyed it and well put-together explaining individual mind-frame and it works.

I am sure we easily judge into other people's positive and negative attitudes, but unless we put ourselves into their shoes, we will never know. Hence this film takes us into the journey of a daughter and mother who have complete different personalities. After a while, the daughter and mother switch "only" bodies (via some weird Chinese magic), by which they realize each others "actual life".

This film could have been made in various forms, but the writer and the director chose a way by which they can convey their message to the society while entertaining at the same time, which I personally think is a better option. The film is very light-hearted, well scripted, well directed, excellent costumes, brilliant acting skills, and finally very easy to follow the storyline.

Please do yourself a favor and rent this DVD (and order a pizza) and watch it at home with your family - maybe it will do you some good.

Enjoy! NEIL BHATIA

Score: 8/10


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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:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,203,007, 10 August 2003

Gross USA:

$110,230,332

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,846,332
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1.85 : 1
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