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Freaky Friday
cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould, and Chad Michael Murray

director: Mark S. Waters

93 minutes (PG) 2003 Disney VHS rental
Also available to rent on DVD

RATING: 7/10
reviewed by Debbie Moon
It's tough being a teenager - but it's even tougher being the widowed mother of a teenage daughter. Especially when you're remarrying on Saturday, your daughter resents her soon to be stepfather, and would rather be playing at a big audition for her rock band. Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and young Anna (Lindsay Lohan) are on a collision course - but when the mad mother of the owner of their favourite Chinese restaurant gives them a very special fortune cookie, they discover what life is like on the other side of the generational gap.
   Swapped into each other's bodies, they start grappling with each other's problems - vindictive teachers, neurotic psychiatric patients, fashion, fathers, and friendship. But the wedding rehearsal and the rock audition are looming, and just to add to the fun, cool kid Ryan has fallen for Anna - or, as he perceives it, for her "cool mom"...
   Disney's remake of this 1970s comedy is playing to an older audience than the original, focusing on a high school trauma current first love. That's not to say that it doesn't find time for slapstick and broad comedy, with a younger brother and senile grandfather on hand to react to their strangely changed mother and sister. It's a predictable but enjoyable ride, with the best material going to Jamie Lee Curtis, as she (that is, Anna) discovers the pleasures of adulthood - like maxing out credit cards and riding motorcycles. Lindsay Lohan mostly has to look indignant at her 'daughter's' behaviour, but does so very convincingly.
   Freaky Friday moves along at a fair pace, keeping the laughs coming, and it's a movie it would be difficult to dislike. With its heart-warming ending and conveniently sorted out problems, it's hardly groundbreaking stuff, but it's exactly what you'd expect from Disney - solid, enjoyable entertainment for younger teens and their families.

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