This trend of remakes is disturbing - why, with so many good stories floating around (do Hollywood executives ever read books?), do the studios continue to redo their own movies that were perfectly good in the first place? Actually, I have never seen the original 1976 version of Freaky Friday, so I have nothing to compare to, but hey, it was worth arguing about for a moment. This new Freaky Friday, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, is actually (surprisingly) quite entertaining. In fact, it is one of the better comedies of the year.
Curtis stars as Tess Coleman, a rather controlling mother that is about to be remarried. Tess has a daughter, Annabell, a good student who enjoys playing in her band and being the opposite of her mother whenever she possibly can. So, when a fortune cookie (and an old Asian woman who has magical powers - because all old Asian women have magical powers for some reason) makes them switch bodies for a day, on the eve of a big band competition and the wedding rehearsal, things go from bad to worse. Now, the mother and daughter have to see what it is like to be in each other's shoes - literally.
Freaky Friday is an all around enjoyable film that really is made for all audiences. I am a 21-year old male college student, and probably would have not considered seeing this movie had it not been playing on my 777 to Paris; I was surprised to like it, considering that this movie is basically made for younger, Disney-fairing audiences.
Both leads are great and fairly "believable" when they trade places, at least as much as they can be. Curtis is especially funny playing a 17-year old girl. Lohan, who I have always considered to be more of a young girl's actress, is really coming into her prime; I see potential for her in the future, as long as she doesn't hover in Disney films for too long.
Though there are a few cheesy moments, Freaky Friday is an all around funny movie. There are plenty of laughs and entertaining moments, and every situation provides something new to enjoy. It's only shortcomings arise from the reason it became so popular in the first place, and that is its PG-rating. While it is good enough as is, the movie could have been even funnier with a few more adult situations - how would the mother react when she finds out her daughter isn't quite as pure as she thought, or vice versa with the daughter?
Freaky Friday is a surprisingly good comedy for all ages, and that's coming from a male college student.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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