''If you're looking for the trope, see FreakyFridayFlip.''

->''"I wish I could switch places with her for just one day..."''
->'''Annabel and Ellen''', 1976 version

''Freaky Friday'', based on [[Literature/FreakyFriday a novel by Mary Rodgers]], is a Creator/{{Disney}} movie starring Creator/JodieFoster as a teenage girl, Annabel, who does not get along with her mother, Ellen (Barbara Harris), to say the least. One Friday the 13th (hence the title), they wish to switch places for one day, causing them to magically trade bodies. HilarityEnsues, including the now-young mother lusting after her daughter's boyfriend. It eventually transpires that they had subconsciously switched bodies in order to learn AnAesop about the value of family and friendship.

Jodie Foster showed her range by appearing in this Disney family film the same year she also played a teenaged hooker in ''Film/TaxiDriver''. John Astin of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' fame plays Annabel's father Bill.

There was also a sequel and three remakes, each less similar to the book than the last. The first remake was a 1995 TV movie, with tropes listed below. The story returned to the big screen via [[Film/FreakyFriday2003 a 2003 film]] that starred Creator/LindsayLohan and Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, with a slightly different plot. The third remake actually started out as a stage musical, until Creator/DisneyChannel adapted it into a 2018 TV movie.


* AdaptationExpansion: The novel told in first person the time Annabel spent in her mother's body; the movie also spends time showing experiences Ellen had in her daughter's body.
* {{Adorkable}}: Boris, Annabel's next-door neighbor and love interest.
* AlliterativeTitle: ''Freaky Friday''
* AnAesop: Duh!
* TheAlcoholic: Mrs. Schmauss, the housekeeper. She insists that Annabel is the one stealing Bill and Ellen's gin, but later she's seen leaving a liquor store in the daytime.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Shows cartoon Annabel and cartoon Ellen switching places and sharing each others' activities.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Ben, although the movie eventually reveals that the reason "Ape Face" keeps pestering Annabel is that he wants her to like him.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Both Annabel and Ellen come to regret their wish.
* BrilliantButLazy: Annabel discovers that she is this when meeting some of her teachers while in Ellen's body.
* BubblegumPopping: Ellen does this throughout the movie, like when [[HouseWife doing housework]] and playing in a baseball game in the neighborhood park.
* CarSkiing: One of the cop cars chasing Annabel does this when zooming through the concrete ditch of the LA River.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes that Annabel and Ellen literally aren't themselves today. (It's worth noting that in the 2003 version, neither the daughter nor the mother tells anyone else that they've switched bodies.)
* DeadpanSnarker: Annabel.
* DownLADrain: The madcap chase Annabel leads the cops on ends here, as a wild ride through the LA River basin ends with both cop cars getting wrecked.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: One day from breakfast to dinner. Probably couldn't be any longer than this, otherwise the movie would have to answer uncomfortable questions about what would happen when Annabel-as-Ellen has to retire for the night to the bed she shares with Bill.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Yup. Probably the TropeCodifier, with the TropeNamer being the 1972 novel. The trope is actually OlderThanRadio, dating back to an 1872 novel titled ''Vice Versa''.
* HadTheSillyThingInReverse: Annabel-as-Ellen has to drive to the marina for the water ski show, which is a problem, as she doesn't know how to drive yet. She starts the car, which was backed into the garage and is still in reverse gear. She winds up driving through the back wall of the garage and through a fence into the neighbors' backyard.
* HeelRealization: A mild instance of this when Annabel-as-Ellen hears her little brother, Ben, confess that he loves his older sister, can't help being neat while she is messy, and doesn't understand why she doesn't like him.
* HereWeGoAgain: The film ends with Annabel's brother and father simultaneously wishing to switch places.
** Mary Rodgers later wrote about them switching bodies in ''Summer Switch'', which would later be adapted as an Creator/{{ABC}} Series/AfterschoolSpecial, starring none of this movie's cast members.
* InnerMonologue: The movie averts the VoicesAreMental trope that often goes along with FreakyFridayFlip. Instead it uses inner monologues, still in the voice of the actress which goes witheach character, to remind the audience that Ellen is in Annabel's head and vice versa.
* InSeriesNickname: Annabel calls her younger brother, "Ape Face," as opposed to, "Ben."
* MakeoverMontage: Ellen, in Annabel's body, gets Annabel's braces removed, then gets a haircut and some new dresses, so Annabel could look less like a tomboy.
* RefugeInAudacity: After Annabel and Ellen switch their bodies back, they also switch locations, so viewers would be treated to Jodie Foster leading policemen through an over-the-top ChaseScene and Barbara Harris waterskiing through an obstacle course.
* SexySecretary: Ellen-as-Annabelle visits her husband (father?) at his office and is not happy to discover that he has a new sexy secretary that he didn't tell her about. After the secretary picks up on the jealous vibe from Ellen, she frantically makes herself less sexy, putting on a raincoat and pinning her hair back and putting on glasses that aren't hers, as evidenced by how she stumbles out the door.
* SlipstreamGenre: In the original film no explanation is given for the switch. They simply say at the same time that they wish they could be the other for a day, and it happens. (The novel, which shows only the daughter's perspective, strongly implies that the mom somehow pulled the switch to teach the daughter a lesson.)
* SplitScreen: For the wish, and the switch that happens immediately afterward.

!!Tropes particular to the 1995 TV movie:
* MakeAWish: Annabel and Ellen switch places in this version after putting on magic necklaces and speculating how nicer the other girl's life must be.
** BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Even the {{tagline}} warns this.
* TheRemake: Of The 1976 film (see above).