There is a reason
for everything. If you withstand and accept the bad and relax, good will
come. Thatís what happened to
me today. I now understand why
Iíve had to sit through all the truly awful movies Iíve seen this
summer. The Almighty was
preparing me for Freaky Friday.
(Jamie Lee Curtis) and her high school daughter, Anna (Lindsay Lohan),
donít get along and donít appreciate the otherís situation.
Anna doesnít get along with her younger brother, Harry (Ryan
Malgarini). Tess is engaged to
marry Ryan (Mark Harmon) soon. Anna,
who is a guitarist in a garage rock bank, has a crush on Jake (Chad Michael
Murray) and has problems at school. Itís
with each other in a Chinese restaurant, the hostess gives them each a
fortune cookie with the same fortune in it.
Almost simultaneously everything shakes like an earthquake and when
itís all over Tess and Anna have swapped bodies and the fun begins.
I laughed until, literally, tears came to my eyes.
Curtis and Lohan are spectacular.
Their expert acting makes this implausible movie work.
Both should be Oscar nominees, but, despite Sir Donald Wolfitís
deathbed utterance, ďDying is easyÖcomedy is hard,Ē itíll never
happen because comedy is rarely rewarded.
Regardless, make no mistake, you will rarely see better acting.
The amazing thing
about this movie for me is that it holds up all the way through.
Other films Iíve seen that had really funny parts, like The
Producers with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder and Touch of Class
with George Segal and Glenda Jackson, could make me roll in the aisles
laughing for a period of time, but the humor didnít hold up after about
the first 30 minutes or so. Freaky Friday had me laughing throughout.
August 8, 2003