Freaky Friday (2003 film)

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Freaky Friday
Freaky friday post.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Waters
Produced by Andrew Gunn
Screenplay by Heather Hach
Leslie Dixon
Based on Freaky Friday 
by Mary Rodgers
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Lindsay Lohan
Harold Gould
Chad Michael Murray
Mark Harmon
Music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Bruce Green
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release dates
  • August 6, 2003 (2003-08-06)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $160,846,332

Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are switched due to an enchanted Chinese fortune cookie. It also stars actors Mark Harmon and Chad Michael Murray with Julie Gonzalo. This is Disney's second remake of the original 1976 film, starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster. A 1995 television remake was produced by ABC, which became a subsidiary of Disney the following year.


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The film's producer Andrew Gunn said he initially hoped Jodie Foster (who played the daughter Annabel in the original 1976 Freaky Friday film) would be interested to play the mother in the remake. Foster declined in order to spend more time with her family and because of concerns that the stunt casting would overshadow the movie's overall merit. Annette Bening was then cast in the role, but dropped out because of family obligations. Jamie Lee Curtis was given the role only four days before filming began.

Lindsay Lohan's character was originally written as a Goth, but she did not think anyone would relate to that, and decided to dress in a preppy style for her audition, and the character ended up being re-written.[1]

Marc McClure, who played Boris Harris, Annabel's love interest in the original film, has a brief cameo as Boris the delivery man. Director Mark Waters also makes a cameo holding a baby at the wedding. Also, in the end scene when Anna is dancing with Jake, there is a woman in the background dancing with an older gentleman, and she looks directly at the camera. This woman is Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina Lohan.

Ryan Shuck coached Jamie Lee Curtis to play the guitar solo for the concert scene. Lindsay Lohan trained for one year to learn to play the guitar before production.

The snapshots in the opening credits are photos of Jamie Lee Curtis and her daughter, Annie Guest.

Kelly Osbourne was originally set to play Maddie, but dropped out because she didn't want to do a children's movie. She was replaced by Christina Vidal.[2][3]


Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $22,203,007 in 2,954 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #2 at the box office, behind S.W.A.T.. By the end of its run, Freaky Friday grossed $110,230,332 in the US and $50,616,000 internationally, totaling $160,846,332 worldwide.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was a box office success, garnering a total of $110,222,438. The film received mostly positive reviews. It currently garners a "B" grade on Yahoo! Movies, an 88% "Certified Fresh" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Jamie Lee Curtis' performance was singled out for praise by many critics. David Ansen of Newsweek noted that, "the most startling metamorphosis is Curtis's transformation from fading horror-flick queen to dazzling comedienne. She goes on a teenage tear--tormenting Anna's younger brother (who wonders why Mom's acting so weird), getting down and dirty on a TV talk show where Tess is supposed to discuss her book on aging--with fiercely funny conviction."[5] Lisa Schwarzbaum from Entertainment Weekly called her performance "glorious",[6] and A. O. Scott contended that she "does some of her best work ever [in Freaky Friday]."[7] Nick Davis described her as "so frisky and pouty and incandescent in Freaky Friday, she made the whole movie feel like something special."[8] Her performance was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.


The orchestral score was written by Rolfe Kent and orchestrated by Tony Blondal.

Awards and nominations[edit]

List awards to film and actress/actors.



  1. ^ Peretz, Evgenia (2006-02-01). (url is only partial article) "Confessions of a Teenage Movie Queen". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2008-09-03. "As the script was written, the character was Goth, Lohan recalls: "No one could relate to the character when she was really Goth. There was nothing there." She took it upon herself to change it - before the audition. "I dressed really preppy," she says. "I wore a collared turquoise Abercrombie & Fitch shirt and khaki pants, swear to God, with a white headband. And my hair was really straight and pretty and red and blond. My agent calls and was like, 'What are you doing?!'" The studio ended up re-writing the character entirely." 
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
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  4. ^ "Freaky Friday (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  5. ^ Newsweek. "MOM IS TEEN FOR A DAY". Retrieved 2003-08-18. 
  6. ^ Lisa Schwarzbaum (2003-07-31). "Freaky Friday (2003)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2003-06-31.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ A.O. Scott (2003-08-06). "FILM REVIEW; Walking in Mom's Shoes With Mom's Feet, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 2003-08-06. [dead link]
  8. ^ Nick Davis. "Best Actress, 2003". Retrieved 2003. 

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