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Running Time:
97 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild thematic elements and some language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
What make Freaky Friday an entirely enjoyable experience is watching the wonderful performances of Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, who's never been better.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scene; "Freaky Bloopers"; Lillix "What I Like About You" music video; Halo Friendlies "Me vs. the World" music video; Alternate endings introduced by director Mark Waters; "Backstage Pass With Lindsay Lohan" behind-the-scenes featurette; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

Freaky Friday
Back in 1976, the original Disney movie starred Jodie Foster as the typical teenage girl and Barbara Harris as her mother. This time Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan star as the 21st century mom and daughter who are having a really hard time understanding each other, despite the fact that Mom is a psychiatrist. The daughter (Anna) thinks her mom (Tess) has an absolutely perfect life, but she also resents her mother for falling in love with a new man awfully qsoon after the death of her father. Meanwhile, Tess sees her daughter as an obstinate, willful troublemaker, having difficulties with her schoolwork, and constantly fighting with her precocious, adorable, younger brother Harry (Ryan Malgarini) who seems to get away with everything. One night they go for dinner to a local Chinese restaurant, where the owner inexplicably steps in, setting the rest of the plot in motion. As a result both Mom and daughter wake up the next morning to find that they have swapped bodies. The situation is complicated for several reasons. That day Anna has a major placement test at school, and Tess is due to be married in only two days. Not only that, but it looks like Anna’s rock band has finally gotten an audition at the House of Blues. Lindsay Lohan is perfectly cast as the misunderstood, awkward teen and does an excellent job portraying her mom in a teenager’s-body. She was also in the Disney remake of The Parent Trap a couple of years ago. But it's Jamie Lee Curtis who's sensational as the modern no-frills woman who's in complete control of her life, except for her wild daughter. She really shines once she becomes the teenager, and takes some risks in the playing that few actresses would even dare. The scenes of the transplanted mother and daughter being attracted to inappropriately-aged men can be a little difficult to buy, especially when Jamie Lee comes on to the teenage Jake (Chad Murray). Luckily the relationship never goes too far, but the undertones can be a bit disturbing. Nevertheless it's still a charmer with two very funny performances.

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