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Freaky Friday
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Directed By
Mark S. Waters

Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Harold Gould, Mark Harmon, Chad Michael Murray, Janet Choi, Chad Murray

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Freaky Friday (2003)
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Movie Review by Seth C
October 18th, 2006

Films like Disney's Freaky Friday aren't necessarily made to be good; they are made to be cute, innocent and fun so the entire family can enjoy them. Well, for me at least, this film was heavy on the innocence, but lacked a lot of the cute and fun.

Based on the novel by Mary Rodges, this remake of the 1976 Disney film of the same name gives us yet another parent/kid switch-a-roo concept that I thought for sure we had left for dead in the late '80s with films like Vice Versa and Like Father, Like Son. In this version, which stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, nothing is truly rethought or reworked, instead it's just updated with the latest musically and electronically fads. This really doesn't help matters any because in the long run, there's no way to make a film with an as tired concept as this one even seem slightly original or, well, good.

The director of this travesty is Mark Waters, who in the late nineties debuted at Sundance with the semi-impressive The House Of Yes, which he also wrote. Since then he hasn't written a thing, but he has directed one of the worst films I've ever paid money for with 2001's Head Over Heels. His next picture, Mean Girls, coming later this year, re-teams him with Lohan and is written by 'Saturday Night Live's" Tina Fey, so maybe there is some hope for the director yet. Sadly for Freaky Friday there is no hope other then the fact that Lohan, who I believe is actually singing and playing guitar in this film, is going to be a star within the next five years.

Now some of you may say that Freaky Friday isn't a film that's made for me, and I'd agree with you, it's not. However, Disney's The Country Bears was also a film that wasn't made for me, however I absolutely loved that family film. The Country Bears story concept was even more redundant than this film's, yet for me it completely worked.

Then again, maybe Freaky Friday would have also worked if it had just been given another twenty minutes or so to add some more story to this seemly story-less film. Clocking in at just under 100 minutes, the film feels rushed, however I guess the short time frame is to ease the parent's worriment of squirmy children in the theaters. Of course, if this movie did have another twenty minute or so for any purpose, that would mean we would have had to sit through another twenty minutes or so of this film. I guess we should be thanking our lucky stars for short runtime, huh?

- Seth C. Faulder / January 2004

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Feb 2, 2007 11:59 AM
also wrote a review of Freaky Friday
You've got to give props to Curtis, she really managed to pull of the whiny, angsty teenager well. And she looked like she was having a blast doing it at the same time.

Jan 31, 2007 12:28 PM
I love this movie ... it's so cute !!!

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