Freaky Friday fills a very rare niche in today's teen market. This 2003 film, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as widowed mother Tess Coleman and her attitude-driven teen Anna (Linsay Lohan) examines the ever complex, forever changing relationship between mother and daughter through the comedy genre. The premise finds these feuding females switching material bodies under an Asian spell, with the only hopes of returning to reality based on a mutual understanding and trust of each other.
Freaky Friday is very similar to the Disney Family movies of the seventies. Films such as: Old Yellow, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, and The Shaggy DA, were intelligent enough to appeal to both parent and child. It is important that there are productions that target both age groups, and are family friendly. Freaky Friday is very successful at illuminating the profound importance of the teen years, a period that often becomes nothing short of a brutal introduction into the adult world. (It shouldn't be!!) It is funny to see the spirit of mother Jamie try to apply dry logic and paternal concern to slow and organize Lohan's teen life.
It is equally funny to see Lohan, suddenly in an adult body, eagerly driving her mom's Volvo and using her credit cards for a make-over. Sure it's all predictable. And yes it has a happy ending. But the point is this film has many funny moments and makes for great entertainment. And if it gets moms and daughters in the same room laughing, then it's a hit in my book.