"I wish I could switch places with her for just one day..."
Annabel and Ellen, 1976 version
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, 2003 version
Freaky Friday, based on a novel by Mary Rodgers, is a Disney movie starring Jodie Foster as a teenage girl, Annabel, who does not get along with her mother, Ellen, 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. Hilarity Ensues, including the now-young mother lusting after her daughter's boyfriend. It eventually transpires that they had subconsciously switched bodies in order to learn An Aesop about the value of family and friendship.There was also a sequel and two remakes, each less similar to the book than the last. The more famous of the remakes starred Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, with a slightly different plot. The daughter and mother in that version are an aspiring guitarist named "Anna" and a widowed psychologist named "Tess," respectively, and they switch bodies after a Chinese restaurant owner's mother hands them some magic fortune cookies. Also has Mark Harmon in it, as Tess' fiancee, Ryan.
Growing Up Sucks: Annabelle and Anna initially assume that adulthood has way fewer problems than high school. Each of them learns otherwise after the respective switch. Though in the 2003 version Tess does at least learn that High School for Anna is not as easy as Tess remembers it either.
Split Screen: As the mother and daughter activate the body-switching spell from two different places.
The 2003 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.
Adaptation Expansion: 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, Annabelle's next-door neighbor and love interest.
Cassandra Truth: 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.)
Here We Go Again: 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 ABCAfterschool Special, starring none of this movie's cast members.
Makeover Montage: 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.
Refuge in Audacity: 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 Chase Scene and Barbara Harris waterskiing through an obstacle course.
Make a Wish: Annabel and Ellen switch places in this version after putting on magic necklaces and speculating how nicer the other girl's life must be.
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 helped her finish a test she couldn't complete after getting detention.
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.
Cassandra Truth: At first, Tess doesn't believe that Anna's teacher and former childhood friend has it in for her (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).
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!"
"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.
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.
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.
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.