The MPAA rated Freaky Friday (2003)
PG for mild thematic elements and some language.
Walking in someone elses sneakers or high heels
may be the best way to understand them, but for most of us
its easier said than done. However, that opportunity
is exactly whats about to happen to Dr. Tess Coleman
(Jamie Lee Curtis) and her 15-year-old, Anna (Lindsay Lohan).
Although Tess has a career in counseling as a psychologist,
mother and daughter are utterly unable to communicate with
each other. Living a busy lifestyle that leaves little time
for anything more than perfunctory interactions, their relationship
is tenuous. Despite her best parental intentions, Tess cant
understand Annas repeated trips to the detention office,
her involvement in a garage band or her bad attitude about
the counselors upcoming marriage to Ryan (Mark Harmon).
On the other hand, Anna cant appreciate her widowed
moms overabundance of cell phones, pagers, and obsession
with work, or her desire to bring a new man into the house.
With the wedding only days away, their argument finally boils
over in a Chinese eatery. Hearing their quarrel, the elderly
mother of the perky restaurateur gives the two combatants
identical fortune cookies that cause an amazing alteration.
The next morning, they find themselves in each others
Now Tess has to deal with high school bullies, put up with
a little brothers (Ryan Malgarini) jabs and take a big
math test. She also gets a first-hand chance to check out
Jake (Chad Michael Murray), her daughters new love interest
and to try her hand at playing electric guitar with the Pink
Slip band members (Christina Vidal, Haley Hudson, Chris Carlberg,
Danny Rubin). Meanwhile Anna has to lend a listening ear to
her mothers patients and play loving fiancée
to a man she can hardly tolerate.
But their biggest challenge is figuring out how to get their
own bodies back before the ceremony takes place.
Updated from the 1976 version starring Jodie Foster and Barbara
Harris, this new millennium mom is totally career oriented--no
funny fiascos doing the laundry here. There are also other
changes to the script. Repeated terms of Deity, a few mild
sexual comments, an autographed buttock and some mild thematic
issues are concerns parents wont likely remember from
However, Lohan and Curtis do a good enough job of pulling
off this Freaky Friday remake. Despite the increased pace
of our lifestyle, or perhaps because of it, the art of communication
between parents and teens can be just as problematic as it
was 30 years ago.