Film / Freaky Friday

If you're looking for the trope, see "Freaky Friday" Flip.

"I wish I could switch places with her for just one day..."
Annabel and Ellen, 1976 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. (If a link referring to that movie sent you to this page, please correct it.)

Tropes Demonstrated in The Films:

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  • An Aesop: Duh!
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Trope Namer.
  • 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.
  • Animated Credits Opening
  • Annoying Younger Sibling
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Annabelle discovers that she is this when meeting some of her teachers while in Ellen's body.
  • Bubblegum Popping: Ellen does this throughout the movie, like when doing housework and playing in a baseball game in the neighborhood park.
  • 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 ABC Afterschool Special, starring none of this movie's cast members.
  • In-Series Nickname: Annabel calls her younger brother, "Ape Face," as opposed to, "Ben."
  • 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.