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Freaky Friday (2003)

January 8, 2010

VERDICT:
7/10 Mid-Life Crises

Did not think I’d like this, was almost 100% sure I wouldn’t, but I was not expecting Jamie Lee Curtis…

Freaky Friday is about an uptight mother and her rebellious teenage daughter who’s all about playing rock music and boys and all that gross stuff that parents just don’t understand. Eventually things come to a head in a Chinese restaurant, so, naturally, a wise old woman sticks her fat nose into their business and gives them a magic fortune cookie which forces them to switch bodies and walk a day in each others’ shoes until they learn to love and respect one another.

Nope, it’s not the most original movie out there, but since it seems like there’s a law stating that this same premise has to be used once every couple years, it must be doing something right. But look at me here, complaining about this like some snob who wasn’t giggling like an idiot amidst confused stares from his good buddy Fred. I had a time watching this movie and it’s pretty much all due in part to one woman…

Jamie Lee Curtis.

I’ve seen my fair share of J.L.C. movies before this came along, and perhaps I was just out of the loop or something, but she’s never really done it for me, never really stole the show. She had her moments in True Lies and with the exception of Kevin Kline, I don’t even think A Fish Called Wanda was all that funny. So along comes this unsuspecting Disney movies of all things and my whole idea of what Mrs. Curtis is capable of is changed forever.

She’s fine when she’s playing the stern mom, but once the switch goes down and J.L.C. starts acting like her daughter, that’s when the magic happens. J.L.C. loses herself in the role and I immediately started having as much fun watching her as she obviously did acting it all out. She steals all the scenes, she plays a teen better than most teens would, and she totally kicks ass. This was all news to me at the time, but I couldn’t get over how good she was. J.L.C. makes this movie a blast.

Please stop doing Activia commercials, girl. You can do better.

Lindsay Lohan is also pretty good as J.L.C’s daughter, but she gets upstaged and it’s just not as much fun watching her act like a mom. Then again, her performance gets bonus points simply because it stands as some of the last living proof that LiLo wasn’t always a walking trainwreck with a mean jones for the nose candy. Girl had some potential going there what with Mean Girls and all going for her, too, but whatcha gonna do. Let’s just hope she gets the memo one of these days.

Not much to say about the rest of the cast as they all kinda take a backseat to the Lindsay and Jamie, but they’re fine, I guess. Well, Chad Michael Murray’s in it as LiLo’s main squeeze, so that’s probably a selling point for all six of you One Tree Hill fans out there.

Not much to say about director Mark Harmon either. He directs the movie. That’s it.

Anywho, Freaky Friday isn’t paving new ground in anyway, but thanks to a killer performance by the J.L.C. it takes on new life and winds up being pretty darn fun. The writing’s A-okay, the dialogue is too, and despite your hesitations, I’d say it’s actually worth giving a shot.

Fun for the whole family. Good stuff here, kids.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2010 2:17 am

    It’s cute and definitely worth a watch. That was back when Lindsay Lohan looked she was actually going to have an acting career. Oups!

  2. January 8, 2010 6:38 am

    great movie. slightly better than Zeroes.

    • January 8, 2010 12:58 pm

      Hahaha, I guess I’ll agree, but way to keep with the theme.

  3. Branden permalink
    January 8, 2010 1:27 pm

    I enjoyed the movie as well. I don’t believe I saw the original movie with Jodie Foster. I might check it out.

    • January 8, 2010 1:39 pm

      Yeah, I haven’t seen the original either. Forgot to mention that.

  4. mcarteratthemovies permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:20 pm

    Amen on the JLC shoutout, Aiden. Her energy and humor MADE “Freaky Friday” (made it bearable, that is); without her, I’d stamp it as another glaringly pointless remake.

    Also, to you and Branden: The 1976 original with Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster is a bit dated but still very good.

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