Freaky Friday: One of Disney’s best too is Lindsay Lohan’s best watches

Awful Friday (PG, 98 min) Directed by Mark S Waters. ****

Psychologist Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis)’s relationship with her 15-year-old daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) is somewhat strained.

While Tess is surgically attached to her cell phones and Palm Pilots, Anna is a sleep addict who fails at English and spends most afternoons in confinement.

Anna feels that her mother treats her like one of her patients and that she sucks the joy out of it all, while Tess is frustrated that her rotten and unreasonable daughter is the only thing in her imperfect life.

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It’s been three years since Anna’s father passed away and Tess started dating again. In fact, she’s about to marry Ryan (Mark Harmon), something Anna wasn’t entirely happy with. But a family dinner at an old Chinatown restaurant is about to change Anna and Tess’ perceptions of each other.

In 2003, the fourth adaptation of Mary Rodgers’ novel was compared favorably with its predecessors. Jodie Foster’s 1976 original is an after-school House of Mouse (Disney) classic, while the 1987 Kirk Cameron—like dad, like son—has galore in other body swap movies of the time (Big, 18 Again) and vice versa. ). The fact that Shelley Long and Gabe Hoffman starred in the 1995 TV movie version says it all.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan play mother and daughter in the 2003 movie Freaky Friday.
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Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan play mother and daughter in the 2003 movie Freaky Friday.

Finally, free from Freddy Prinze Jr., who he directed in The House of Yes and Head over Heels, Mark S.Waters demonstrated his masterful touch of family comedy. Using point-of-view shots, extreme close-ups and camera pans, Waters subtly handles the body-swap scenes and the resulting comedy with flair.

Writers Heather Hatch and Leslie Dixon (Push Ahead, Mrs. Doubtfire) laugh a lot at the generation gap, and although the story occasionally veers off the highway straight into the city of feelings, there’s just enough to entertain young and old.

Much credit should go to actresses Lee Curtis and Luhan. Lee Curtis took on the role of Tess — originally slated for Annette Bening — who showed a penchant for comedic audiences they haven’t seen since True Lies (unless you count the unintentional laughs the previous year Halloween: Resurrection).

The new 2003 Freaky Friday edition is what every cover edition should be - a fresh spin on a well-loved classic.

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The new 2003 Freaky Friday edition is what every cover edition should be – a fresh spin on a well-loved classic.

Previously best known for playing the twins in fellow Disney’s The Parent Trap in 1998, Lohan also excels. An excellent match for a young Foster in the original film, Lohan transitions between a sterile teen and a tired mother seamlessly and gorgeously, with no trace of a typical Hollywood heist (something that would characterize her mainstream career before her dizzying fall from grace later in the decade).

While Freaky Friday was another teen movie aimed at selling the soundtrack, as well as entertaining audiences, this one reflected its content well.

And in fact, that’s what every cover version should be—a new spin on a well-loved classic.

Freaky Friday is now available to stream on Disney+.

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