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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.

Director:

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 »


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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dina Waters, Director Mark Waters' wife, plays the television interviewer. See more »

Goofs

When Anna (Tess) and Jake are talking in front of the house before they leave to go to the wedding rehearsal, the highlights in her hair change positions while they are talking back and forth. 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 Hollywood Game Night: Veep vs. The Walking Dead (2017) See more »

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She Is Beautiful
Written and Performed by Andrew W.K.
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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T.G.I.F.
10 August 2003 | by jotix100See all my reviews

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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