Freaky Friday


Current Reviews
DVD Reviews
Old Reviews
Crystal Ball
About the M.R.
Photo Gallery
Celebrity Interviews



 ...there's plenty of slapstick and groaner jokes to keep even the most troglodytic ignoramus amused. 




Freaky Friday
The Masked Reviewer

A parent and a child switch bodies and they learn to respect the difficulties that each other face.  What a great idea for a film.  So great, in fact, that the idea has been done many times.  But this time, Freaky Friday is a remake of the 1976 film which starred Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster.  Since then, there were a spat of Freaky Friday-esque films in the late 80's: 


bulletVice Versa (1988) starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage as a father and son who exchange bodies thanks to a mysterious oriental skull.
bullet18 Again (1988) starring George Burns and Charlie Schlatter as a grandfather and grandson who exchange bodies.
bulletLike Father, Like Son (1987) starring Kirk Cameron (as the son) and Dudley Moore (as the father), as a father and a son who exchange bodies.
bulletBig (1988) starring Tom Hanks as a kid who exchanges bodies with himself when he's an adult.
bulletFreaky Friday (1995) starring Shelly Long Gaby Hoffman as a mother and daughter who exchange bodies.  This was a TV movie.

So, it's clearly time for another remake of the film.  And, if the Masked Reviewer was going to be placed into anyone's body, the Masked Reviewer would certainly put Jamie Lee Curtis at the top of his list!  But, no such luck.

Playing the part of Jamie Lee Curtis's'ss's daughter is Lindsay Lohan, who you might recognize from her role in The Parent Trap

Now, keep in mind that this is a Dinsey film that's made for children.  The Masked Reviewer viewed the film in a theater full of screaming kids that were pumped up on caffeine and Junior Mints.  Even so, Freaky Friday is a nice little movie.  It's got a few good laughs and some genuinely touching moments, and that's quite high praise from a mean curmudgeon such as the Masked Reviewer.

The film's charms come largely through the excellent performances of both Lindsay Lohman and Jamie Lee Curtis.  They can each play adult and kid equally convincingly.  While the emphasis is certainly on comedy, they do manage the compulsory mushy-gushy stuff equally well.  Most of the laughs come from the characters, though there's plenty of slapstick and groaner jokes to keep even the most troglodytic ignoramus amused. 

The cast is nicely rounded out by excellent support from veteran character actor Harold Gould (Kid Twist from The Sting) as Grandpa.  Also adding his comedic character acting talent  is Stephen Tobolowsky (insurance salesman Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day).  Ryan Malgarini plays the younger brother, and for a little kid actor, he does a fine job.  Hopefully he won't wind up selling Freaky Friday posters on eBay in ten years to buy crack.  Lastly, there's Mark Harmon.  Mark Harmon plays the part like only Mark Harmon can...which is exactly the same way Mark Harmon plays every part that Mark Harmon plays.  Screenwriters must sit around thinking about a certain type of guy that's "very much like Mark Harmon" and when they make the movie, they always get Mark Harmon for that part.  It's uncanny.  He's the nice, attractive, sensitive guy, very cool, but not too cool, occasionally somewhat funny but not too funny...almost boring, but not quite.  Mark Harmon has that market cornered, and he was the perfect guy for this part, as it called for a very Mark Harmon kind of actor.

Of course, the Masked Reviewer sometimes gets Mark Harmon and Harry Hamlin mixed up.  They're somewhat interchangeable, but in this case, Mark Harmon was definitely the better casting decision.

All in all, Freaky Friday is a fine film.  If you've got to take a kid to see a movie, this is an excellent choice, because adults will have no problem at all sitting through this one, and many will enjoy it!  While it doesn't have the intellectual content of "grown-up" movies currently in theaters, it does.  And, to tell the truth, it's unquestionably more fun than Gigli.  The Masked Reviewer believes it's a fine choice for the whole family.

Don't forget the original at the video store, though.  Barbara Harris does her finest work in the original Freaky Friday

There isn't anything to talk about in terms of special effects.  There aren't any stunts or any special cinematography.  It won't win anyone an Oscar(tm), but it is a great showcase for both Jamie Lee Curtis and for Lindsay Lohan. 


Expectation from the Title:  When the Bearded Lady and the Lobster Boy decide to open a kitschy bar/restaurant, hilarity ensues.

Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):  It's about time we see a film where a daughter learns how difficult mothers have it.

The Pros: Silly, fun, great job by Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

The Cons: John Astin was in the original and isn't in this one.  Dialogue goes overboard a bit, but it's tolerable.

Home | 28 Days Later | The 40-Year-Old Virgin | 50 First Dates | A Lot Like Love | A Man Apart | A Mighty Wind | Adaptation | After the Sunset | Against the Ropes | Alexander | Alien versus Predator | Along Came Poly | Anchorman | Anger Management | Anything Else | Around the World in 80 Days | Bad Boys II | Bad Santa | Batman Begins | Be Cool | Beauty Shop | Beyond Borders | The Big Bounce | Blade: Trinity | The Bourne Supremacy | Brother Bear | Bulletproof Monk | The Butterfly Effect | Cabin Fever | Cat in the Hat | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( not Willy Wonka ) | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle | Chronicles of Riddick | Coach Carter | Collateral | The Cooler | The Core | Corpse Bride | Cradle 2 Grave | Criminal | The Dancer Upstairs | Dawn of the Dead | Daredevil | The Day After Tomorrow | Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalow | Dirty Pretty Things | Down with Love | The Dukes of Hazard | Dumb and Dumberer | Elektra | Elf | Envy | Eternal Sunshine | Fantastic Four | Fever Pitch | Flight of the Phoenix | Flightplan | Freaky Friday | Freddy vs. Jason | Gigli | Gothika | The Haunted Mansion | Hero | Hidalgo | Hitch | Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | Hollywood Homicide | The Hulk | The Hunted | I, Robot | Identity | IMAX Matrix Reloaded | The Incredibles | Intolerable Cruelty | Irreversible | The Island | The Italian Job | Jeepers Creepers 2 | Jersey Girl | Johnny English | Kill Bill Volume 1 | Kill Bill Volume 2 | King Arthur | Kung Fu Hustle | Ladder 49 | The Ladykillers | Land of the Dead | The Last Samurai | League of Extraordinary Gentlemen | Legally Blonde 2 | Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou | The Longest Yard | Lord of the Rings: Return of the King | Lord of War | Love, Actually | Madagascar | Man on Fire | The Macnhurian Candidate | Master and Commander | Matchstick Men | The Matrix Reloaded | Matrix Revolutions | The Medallion | Meet the Fockers | Monster | Mr. 3000 | Mr. and Mrs. Smith | Mystic River | National Treasure | Ocean's Twelve | Once Upon a Time in Mexico | Ong-bak | Open Range | Out of Time | The Pacifier | The Passion of the Christ | The Perfect Score | Pirates of the Caribbean | Pool Hall Junkies | The Punisher | Resident Evil:Apocalypse | Runaway Jury | Sahara | School of Rock | Seabiscuit | Secret Lives of Dentists | Secret Window | Serenity | Shark Tale | Shaun of the Dead | Shrek 2 | Sideways | Sin City | Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas | Sky High | Something's Gotta Give | Spanglish | Spellbound | Spider-Man 2 | Spongebob Squarepants Movie | Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith | Starsky & Hutch | The Station Agent | Stepford Wives | Stuck on You | Surviving Christmas | Suspect Zero | SWAT | Taxi | Team America | Terminator 3 | Timeline | Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life | Troy | Underworld | Unleashed | Uptown Girls | Van Helsing | The Village | Walking Tall | War of the World | Wedding Crashers | Welcome to Mooseport | The Whole Ten Yards | Without a Paddle | Wrong Turn | X-Men 2 | XXX: State of the Union | Action | Comedy | Documentary | Drama | Family | Epic | Family | Horror | Romance | Sci Fi

Copyright 2003, Michael D. Lynn