Film: Freaky Friday (2003)
A journey soon begins, its prize reflected in another's eyes. When what you see is what you lack, then selfless love will change you back.
-The magic cookie's fortune
remake of their 1976 comedy Freaky Friday
stars Lindsay Lohannote
as an aspiring teenage guitarist, Anna, who does not get along with her mother, widowed psychologist Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis
), to say the least. The day before Tess is supposed to remarry, she and Anna switch bodies after a Chinese restaurant owner's mother hands them some magic fortune cookies. Hilarity Ensues
, including the now-young mother lusting after her daughter's crush (Chad Michael Murray
), and the now-old daughter trying to cluelessly deal with psychiatric duties. It eventually transpires that they switched bodies in order to learn An Aesop
about the value of family and friendship. Also has Mark Harmon
in it, as Tess' fiance, Ryan.
Tropes demonstrated in the film:
- Adaptation Expansion: The original book and film were mostly just a plotless excuse for gags, with the body swap going completely unexplained. The remake not only gives an explanation, but also features a good deal of interaction between the swapped mother and daughter, who are both completely on their own in the original film (and the book didn't even feature any of the mother's story).
- Adaptation Name Change: Compared to the original book and '70s movie:
- Annabel Andrews —> Anna Coleman
- Ellen Andrews —> Dr. Tess Coleman
- Ben Andrews, Annabel's brother —> Harry Coleman, Anna's brother
- Boris, Annabel's potential Love Interest —> Jake, Anna's potential Love Interest
- An Aesop
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Tess' assumption when she learns Anna has a crush on Jake, an older student she knows nothing about other than the fact he often visits her in detention and rides a motorcycle. However, Tess later learns that Jake's not really a bad boy; he works two jobs and helps Tess-in-Anna's-body finish a test she couldn't complete after getting detention.
- All There in the Script: Maddie is the only member of the band besides Anna herself to be named onscreen. The others are Peg (the other female guitarist), Ethan (drummer), and Scott (bassist).
- Almost Kiss: Anna in Tess' body invokes this whenever Ryan tries to kiss her.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Harry to Anna, very much so. But when Anna as Tess goes to Harry's parent-teacher conference, she finds out that he actually admires and looks up to her a great deal—but he doesn't want her to know, since he has too much fun fighting with her.
- Artistic Title: After a Logo Joke in which the Walt Disney Pictures logo fades into parchment, the opening credits briefly resemble an old photo album.
- Bald of Evil: Anna's English teacher, Mr. Bates.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Anna's childhood friend, Stacy Hinkhouse, who acts pleasant and nice to Tess but is horrible to Anna.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Anna's little brother and his friends.
- Captain Obvious: Anna is a less than skilled psychologist.
Patient: So I read your book, and it made me feel really depressed.
- Cassandra Truth: At first, Tess doesn't believe that Anna's teacher, Tess's former childhood friend, has it in for Anna - until she finds out for herself, while in Anna's body.
- The Cast Showoff: It's easy to assume that Annabel/Anna changed from a girl who plays sports to a girl who plays rock music just so Lindsay Lohan could perform two new songs (one at an audition at the House of Blues, and one during Tess' and Ryan's wedding reception).
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Anna meets some while dealing with her mother's patients. Of special note are a paranoid man and an unintelligible woman.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Tess is a psychiatrist to mothers with teenage daughters but doesn't appear to understand Anna at all.
- Completely Different Title: The Chinese name of the film translates to Hot Mom, Hot Daughter, which is quite appropriate really.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: After Tess learns that Anna received two detentions in a single Thursday, she removes the door to Anna's bedroom and hides it in the basement.
"Privacy is a privilege."
- Cover Songs: Basically every background song that isn't sung by Lindsay Lohan is this.
- Creative Closing Credits: Anna and her band rock out at Tess' wedding reception, while the names of cast and crew appear written down on floating pieces of parchment.
- Disappeared Dad: Anna's father died a few years before the movie's events occurred.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: After Tess and Anna realize that they must become "selfless" to switch back, per the text of the fortune, they unsuccessfully attempt an Astral Projection.
- Dreadful Musician: For all his good looks and bike riding, Jake can not carry a tune.
- Dresses the Same: Anna and another girl accidentally wear the same shirt to school. Anna turns her shirt inside-out to avoid looking the same and looks...well, actually, stupider than if she had just left the shirt as it was.
- Extremely Short Timespan: The movie takes place over three days.
- Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Anna's grade school friend, Stacy Hinkhouse, became an Alpha Bitch by the time they entered high school. Tess, while in Anna's body, tries to restore their friendship. Stacy seems willing to help make peace, but then she frames "Anna" for copying her answers during a test. She also hugs Anna before pulling her shirt over her head and pushing her over a bicycle rack.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: It's a remake of an adaptation of the Trope Namer, after all.
- Girl Posse: Both Anna and Stacy have one, but Anna's (Maddie and Peg) only appear in a handful of scenes and Stacy's only appear once when they flip Tess over a bicycle rack and have no dialogue.
- Stacy's posse actually did have another scene that was deleted, when Tess (in her daughter's body), punches her right in the nose. They still have no lines and aren't even credited or given names.
- Growing Up Sucks: Anna initially assumes that adulthood has way fewer problems than high school. She learns otherwise after the switch. Tess also learns that High School for Anna is not as easy as Tess remembers it either.
- Guilty Pleasures: Occurs in-universe: Anna (in Tess' body) and Jake agree that "...Baby One More Time" is one of these.
- Here We Go Again: Defied. when the Chinese restaurant owner stops Anna's brother and grandfather from opening the fortune cookies her mother gave them at Tess' and Ryan's wedding reception.
- In Name Only: A girl named Anna and her mother who don't understand each other very well both switch bodies one Friday morning and get a better understanding of each other's lives and become closer, and... that's about all this movie has in common with the original film or the book. During the movie's release, people praised it for not directly rehashing its 20+ year old predecessor. The lack of similarities didn't stop publishers of the book from slapping a photo of Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis on reprints' covers, though.
- Ironic Echo: Played for Laughs. When Tess removes Anna's bedroom door, she says condescendingly, "Privacy is a privilege, Anna." Later, when Anna and Tess have switched bodies, Tess enters Anna's room to avoid suspicion only to find no door. Cue Anna (in Tess's body) with a snarky, "Privacy is a privilege, Anna!"
- Karma Houdini: Stacy gets away scot-free with framing Anna for cheating during the exam, unless Tess erasing and replacing Stacy's answers with "I'm stupid!" counts. She is never seen or mentioned afterwards nor does she appear during the wedding scene at the end. There was originally a scene where Tess took more direct vengeance by confronting Stacy and her posse after the exams and slugging her hard in the face, breaking her nose. It never made it into the final cut.
- Makeover Montage/Shopping Montage: Anna goes on a shopping spree while in her mother's body.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman : Rare non-gender bender variation. After the switch happens, Tess is convinced that something is wrong when she grabs her/Anna's butt.
"That's definitely not mine!"
- Meaningful Name: Mr. Bates, anyone?
- Mistaken for Quake: Parodied, their senile grandfather mistakes his grandson shaking the table for an earthquake.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer shows Tess and Anna switching bodies right after they open the cookies, but in the actual movie, they don't switch until the clock strikes midnight on Friday morning.
- Nice Guy: Ryan, the man to whom Tess is getting married. He's friendly, likable, handsome (it is Mark Harmon), and - as we eventually discover - actually very interested in being a good stepfather to Anna and Harry. He just wants it to be on their terms, so he doesn't try to push them into liking him.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tess, while in Anna's body, calls out the jerkass English teacher in front of the class. She has discovered the reason he's so evil towards Anna is because he is the same guy Tess declined going to the School Prom with, so she commands him to let the past go.
- Please Don't Leave Me: One of Tess' patients apparently has abandonment issues.
- Popcultural Osmosis Failure: When Tess in Anna's body complains that she looks like Stevie Nicks, Anna replies "Who's he?"
- Refuge in Audacity: At one point, Anna in Tess' body has to go on a talk show and discuss one of Tess' books. Having never read the book, Anna instead resorts to promoting immature behavior among the adult viewers.
- The Remake: Of Freaky Friday.
- Remake Cameo: Marc McClure, Jodie Foster's love interest in the 1976 movie, plays a mailman in this film. Averted by Foster herself, who was asked to play Anna's mother and turned the role down.
- Rule of Cool: The earthquakes that occur once the body-switching spell is cast and later reversed. (The second earthquake is even larger than the first.)
- Sadist Teacher: Due to a petty grudge against Anna's mother, her English teacher is like this. While in Anna's body, Tess gives a very intelligent answer to a question, and he still says she's wrong. And earlier in the film, he claimed Anna didn't understand 1984. Her response demonstrates she did and he quickly puts her in detention for a sly remark she makes.
- Serenade Your Lover: Parodied. Jake attempts to serenade "Tess," whose body is still possessed by Anna, by (horribly) singing "...Baby One More Time".
- Stacy's Mom: Played With. Jake's crush on Tess...but she's actually Anna, who reciprocates his feeling, but does not (because she cannot) start a relationship with him. The real Tess does not have romantic feelings for him.
- Split Screen: As the mother and daughter activate the body-switching spell from two different places. This version tries to justify the split: Anna reads her fortune from inside a bathroom, while Tess reads hers from outside the door. The wall dividing the rooms also divides the screen.
- Stock Phrase: Tess asks Anna not to give any of her patients advice, and instead do nothing but pretend to take notes and occasionally ask the patient, "And how do you feel about that?"
- What the Hell, Hero?: Jake expresses disgust at Tess' erasing the answers on Stacy's scantron, as revenge for something mean Stacy tried to do to Anna.