Saturday, August 14, 2010

Freaky Friday -- 2003

Freaky Friday

Rated G
My Rating: 4 Stars

Jamie Lee Curtis
Lindsay Lohan
Mark Harmon
Harold Gould
Chad Michael Murray
Stephen Tobolowsky
Christina Vidal
Ryan Malgarini

“Whoa! She's blind!”

This film would have gotten 5 stars, had it not been for a few things listed below. It's an amazing film. Bravo to the actors and director and everyone else who was involved in the making of this film. It was hilarious, sweet and totally unique.

Have you ever wished you could trade places with someone else for the day? Ever been envious because someone else seems to have a perfect life and yours is full of troubles? Think again.

Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) have one or two things in common, one being that they share the same last name. Oh. They also live in the same house. They get along about as well as a cat and dog and the pet canary (they don't have one; it was just a simile). Tess is a psychiatrist; Anna plays in a rock band. Tess is getting married again; Anna likes a boy but isn't sure if he likes her and she definitely doesn't like her Mom's boyfriend. Tess loves her son Harry; Anna hates her brother.

But the climax comes when (1: Tess is getting married in two days. (2: Anna is in detention twice in one day. (3: The band gets an opportunity to play at a big concert (just one song!) but it's in the evening of Tess and Ryan's wedding rehearsal/dinner. Tess says absolutely not; that's ridiculous. Why would Anna even think of asking something like that of her?! Unfortunately (or perhaps not), Anna asked the question while they were at their favorite Chinese restaurant and someone overheard the argument that followed.

Just at the climax if their anger towards each other, a Chinese grandmother toddles up to them, offering each a fortune cookie bearing this legend: “A journey soon begins, it's prize reflected in another's eyes. When what you see is what you lack, then selfish love will change you back.” Immediately afterwards, an earthquake shook the building and all thoughts of weddings, auditions and elderly Chinese ladies with silvers trays out of their heads.

That night, however, something strange happened. At least, that's what Tess thought when she woke up... in Anna's room. Suddenly, she discovered that she was not only in Anna's room, she was also in Anna's body! And true to form, Anna was in Tess' room, in Tess' body.

This set of circumstances would have dismayed anybody but it doubly dismayed Anna and Tess. The wedding is... tomorrow. Can they be changed back? If so, how?

What I Liked:
1: This movie was brilliantly acted. I was constantly amazed at the actors and how well they played their parts. Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, especially.
2: The lessons the viewer learns while watching this movie are numerous. I was also surprised how several of them came about.
3: The twists... I wouldn't have thought of half of them.
4: The romance.
5: The humor. I kept laughing out loud throughout the entire film. Bravo!
6: Even though I'm not into rock, I must say, I was impressed by the musical abilities of the bad. They were pretty good. :-)

What I Didn't Like:
1: The rock music gave me a headache.
2: Some crude references. Nothing terrible but not especially good either. :-P

Things to Know:
1: Some immodesty. Nothing that didn't help the film but...
2: There is a lot of rock.
3: Some typically dressed/styled teens.
4: Mean pranks played by some of the characters.
5: The Chinese grandmother practiced 'magic' on Tess and Anna.

I repeat, however, this story is amazing.

“Well, when you get your body back, it's grounded.”

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