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FREAKY FRIDAY

A psychotherapist and her daughter bicker, bicker, bicker about everything, including the man that mom is about to marry. Their lives become even more complicated when, thanks to a mystical fortune cookie mix-up, the widow and her daughter switch bodies.

CAST: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Harold Gould, Janet Choi, Chad Murray, Mark Harmon

DIRECTOR: Mark S. Waters

"Loud but never coarse, candid without being prurient, ‘Freaky Friday’ is a quick-witted, perfectly modulated family farce with a pair of beautifully matched performances from Ms. Lohan and especially Ms. Curtis, who does some of her best work ever…The measure of its integrity is that it moves smoothly, convincingly and with minimal self-consciousness from farce to earnest sentiment, earning your tears at the climactic mother-daughter rapprochement because it has treated you so generously to laughter on the way…Ms. Curtis's performance is a marvel. She does all the necessary slouching, grimacing and gesticulating of course, but there is a verve and conviction here that is downright breathtaking…it is likely that Ms. Curtis will be overlooked when Oscar season rolls around. This is a shame, since it is unlikely that any other actress this year will match the loose, energetic wit she brings to this delightful movie." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"The long wait for a sleeper amid this summer's endless Hollywood dreck ends with ‘Freaky Friday,’ a surprisingly hilarious comedy with winning performances by Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as a mother and daughter who unwillingly switch bodies…the two leads have a blast. Curtis is fall-down funny as an alienated 15-year-old garage-band singer forced to inhabit her uptight mother's body…Lohan (‘The Parent Trap’) demonstrates genuine comedy chops as the mom coping with high school…Mark Waters, who directed the Sundance hit ‘The House of Yes’ but faltered badly with ‘Head Over Heels,’ demonstrates a crisp comic timing sorely lacking in contemporary Hollywood comedies…‘Freaky Friday’ is Disney's best comedy in years." --Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

"Something wonderfully liberating has happened now that the 44-year-old actress has looked Hollywood middle age in the eye: She's glorious in ‘Freaky Friday,’ a funny, shrewd, no-bull family comedy about the relationship between mothers and teenage daughters that allows Curtis the comedian to remember her days as a slinky starlet while making use of her wisdom as the mother of an adolescent girl herself… Curtis' empathy with girlhood, and her wry pleasure in womanhood, is all about grace." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"Body-switch plots are a license for adults to act like kids; probably nobody has had more fun at it than Tom Hanks did in ‘Big,’ but Curtis comes close…The movie delivers scenes we can anticipate, but with more charm and wit than we expect…The clever writing here helps, but the actors help even more, with Lohan and Curtis taking big physical chances… Lindsay Lohan has that Jodie Foster sort of seriousness and intent focus beneath her teenage persona, and Jamie Lee Curtis has always had an undercurrent of playfulness; they're right for these roles not only because of talent, but also because of their essential natures." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Curtis is having a whale of a time as a stressed-out psychoanalyst whose body is magically possessed by her teenage daughter, and the exuberance of a much-sidelined actor getting her due can be felt in every frame of the picture…Lohan demonstrates a deft comedian's timing as an instantly starchy Anna covers a girlfriend's immodestly bare midriff, defeats her tormentors with adult assurance and skips and curtsies her way through a rock-band performance." --Jan Stuart, Newsday

"… an unexpected delight. The earth-shattering news is that, yes, there is indeed room in this world for one more body-switch comedy…Because Curtis spent much of her career either running in terror (the ‘Halloween’ movies) or looking provocative (‘Trading Places’), it's easy to forget how fabulous she is at physical comedy…The material, as reworked by writers Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon, often resembles a top-of-the-line sitcom…But it's also cool and fun enough that, for the length of a movie, maybe parents and their offspring can agree on something for once." --Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News

"…one of the best family-friendly comedies in a summer that is rife with family movies...the biggest reason this comedy works is the inspired casting of Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan…Curtis is one of the funniest and most natural screen presences around — and one of the most underused…Watching a middle-aged person play a petulant teen can be akin to watching a 6-year-old act 25. But Curtis pulls it off…Lohan, tapping into her inner parent, also has some amusing moments…it all adds up to belly laughs aplenty and a rollicking good time." --Claudia Puig, USA Today

"A jovial old-fashioned family comedy thankfully devoid of crass bodily-function jokes or cartoonish perverts, the film strives for straightforward, mild good fun, and proves exceptionally adept at delivering the goods…both actresses’ willingness to gamely embarrass themselves for the sake of humor makes it easy to ignore the contrived obstacles concocted by the film’s somewhat overstuffed script. In a dreadful summer of obnoxiously aggressive and empty sequels, it’s refreshing to find a quaint comedy extolling the virtues of thoughtful consideration and selfless love this pleasantly entertaining." --Nicholas Schager, Slant Magazine