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Freaky Friday (1976)

Freaky Friday (1976)

Freaky Friday




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Prolific television director Gary Nelson made the Walt Disney live-action comedy Freaky Friday, based on the novel by Mary Rodgers. Barbara Harris stars as suburban housewife Ellen Andrews, the wife of Bill (John Astin) and the mother of Annabel (Jodie Foster) and Ben (Sparky Marcus). Ellen just can't understand what's going on with teenaged Annabel, who hangs around the house making snappy remarks, eating ice cream for breakfast, and calling her brother Apeface. They each make a separate wish to be in the other's place, and they get their wish on Friday 13th. Ellen has to go through the day as a kid, playing on the field hockey team and dealing with typing class. Annabel has to deal with grown-up problems like getting appliances fixed and preparing a banquet. The whole silly story ends with a wacky car-chase/water skiing/hang-gliding conclusion in keeping with other Disney movies of the day. Freaky Friday was remade twice with the same title, and spawned a whole subgenre of body-switching movies in the 1980s.more
Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Rodgers
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On DVD: Jun 1, 2004


Barbara Harris
as Ellen Andrews
Jodie Foster
as Annabel Andrews
John Astin
as Bill Andrews
Patsy Kelly
as Mrs. Schmauss
Vicki Schreck
as Virginia
Dick Van Patten
as Harold Jennings
Sorrell Booke
as Mr. Dilk
Alan Oppenheimer
as Mr. Joffert
Kaye Ballard
as Coach Betsy
Ruth Buzzi
as Opposing Coach
Marc McClure
as Boris Harris
Marie Windsor
as Mrs. Murphy
Sparky Marcus
as Ben Andrews
Ceil Cabot
as Miss McGuirk
Brooke Mills
as Mrs. Gibbons
Karen Smith
as Mary Kay Gilbert
Marvin Kaplan
as Carpet Cleaner
Al Molinaro
as Drapery Man
Iris Adrian
as Bus Passenger
Barbara Walden
as Mrs. Benson
Shelly Juttner
as Hilary Miller
Don Carter
as Delivery Boy
Fuddle Bagley
as Bus Driver
Fritz Feld
as Jackman
Dermott Downs
as Harvey Manager
Karen A. Smith
as Mary Kay Gilbert
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Critic Reviews for Freaky Friday

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

Good performances struggle gamely to overcome the increasingly predictable plot.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Toward the end there are some amusing car-chase scenes. Elsewhere the humor is clotted by the feeling that the jokes are chasing the reactions, instead of the other way around.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The situation -- a mother and daughter switch personalities for a day -- is rife with possibilities, but since this 1977 comedy is a Disney film, said possibilities are scrupulously squandered.

Full Review… | August 4, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Endearing '76 original may feel outdated to kids.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

A kid's comedy classic.

October 16, 2007

Audience Reviews for Freaky Friday

Jodie and Barbara are hilarious. Imagine swapping a day in your life with your mum! Fave scenes - the switch between driving the car and water skiing. Stars a young Jodie Foster.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Comédia da Disney que ganhou uma refilmagem em 2003 com Jamie Lee Curtis e Lindsay Lohan. Um dos filmes mais simpáticos produzidos sob a problemática gestão de Ron Miller nos anos seguintes à morte de Walt, mostra a já clichê história de troca de corpos entre mãe (Barbara Harris) e filha (uma Jodie Foster com 13 anos de idade).

Como esperado para o padrão Disney de filmes família dá época, a produção é extremamente leve, apelando muitas vezes para um tipo de humor campy e pastelão que estariam mais em casa em um filme de Charles Chaplin. Ainda assim, demonstra a vontade do estúdio de conectar com uma platéia adolescente ao abordar a relação da filha pré-adolescente rebelde e da mãe super exigente. Não obstante, ainda há um lado perverso no momento em que a filha no corpo da mãe começa a dar em cima do vizinho de 16 anos e a receber cantadas do marido (no caso, seu pai). As boas atuações da dupla principal fazem com que o filme segure as pontas até o fim, especialmente Barbara Harris, que parece se divertir muito no papel. Totalmente supimpa.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

The best film of "body-switching", that I ever saw. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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