ruining my Life!!"
Anna (Lohan) is like any teenage girl. She is struggling with
high school, the boy she likes doesn't notice her and her English teacher
has it in for her. Tess (Lee Curtis) is your typical working mother. She
has a book that has just launched, her patients from her psychiatry practice
are very demanding of her time and to top it all she is getting married
at the weekend. The problem is that neither mother nor daughter understands
what each of them is going through leading to constant arguments and fights.
This all changes when they wake up on Friday morning to realise that they
have swapped bodies and now have to live each other's lives.
Body swapping comedies seem to come around in waves. After
Big and Vice Versa in 1988, Hollywood has decided to return to the comedic
possibilities of swapping the teenage and adult roles around. The good news
is that Freaky Friday does it really well.
Based on the book by Mary Rodgers and a remake of the 1976
Jodie Foster movie, this updated adaptation adds nothing new to the generation
gap comedy but it is the performances of the two leading ladies that make
the movie standout.
Known primarily for her scream queen roles in horror movies,
you can be forgiven for forgetting that Jamie Lee Curtis is a gifted comedic
actress. Anyone who has seen Trading Places or A Fish called Wanda will
recall that she can excel in this genre when given the chance and this movie
is a gift to her career. This is a standout performance by the actress,
as she captures the true essence of a teenager let free in an adult's body.
Just the look on her face and the way she reacts to more mature situations
is enough to convince you that this is an adolescent in an adult's world.
The same can be said for Lindsay Lohan. Again this is a breakout
role for the up and coming teenage starlet. Probably best known for her
appearance in another Disney stalwart, The Parent Trap in 1998, this is
her first big break as a teenager and she grabs her opportunity with both
hands. Like Curtis, she captures the mannerisms and tone of an adult superbly.
You can see the complete change in character as soon as the swap takes place
and she really comes into her own as the realisation of her teenage freedoms
come into play.
The support characters are also good. The much-underrated
Mark Harmon is as reliable as ever as Tess's fiancÚ Ryan. Ryan Malgarini
isn't as annoying as he could have been as Anna's little brother Harry.
Harold Gould plays the slightly deaf grandfather with his usual comedic
flair and Chad Michael Murray is good as the love-struck Jake.
The movie does have its weak points however. It seems that
every teenage star has to be in a band or be able to sing so the filmmakers
will have big CD sales as well. You can bet that Disney has tied Lindsay
Lohan to an exclusive acting and recording contract, using this film to
showcase her talents. Also the Tess/Jake attraction story is abit too much
as it seems to be pandering to Jamie Lee Curtis's own self-esteem.
Freaky Friday is good family fun. The filmmakers inject new
life into the old, well-used premise and the performances by the two female
leads are outstanding. While it does look at the differences between generations
with rose coloured glasses and offer a sugar coated ending, there is enough
here to cause arguments and expose a few home truths about what life is
like for both ages.
Alternative endings, Freaky bloopers, 'What I Like About You' music video
from Lillix, 'Me Vs. The World' music video from Halo Friendlies, 'Backstage
Pass' with Lindsey Lohan, Interactive menu & Scene access
Freaky Friday (1976)
The Parent Trap (1998)
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