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FREAKY FRIDAY (HDNET 2014)

What to know: A mother and daughter find their personalities switched and have to live each other's lives on one strange Friday.
Recommended age 8-18
95 minutes
DVD
HDNET MOVIES LLC
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Liked it a lot, especially the music. Enjoyed the actors. "We all want to play in a rock band now." "My friends would like the funny things the mother and daughter do after they switch places."

If you like comedy, then you will really enjoy the film, "Freaky Friday." The characters' scripts are downright funny and their facial expressions are hilarious. Mary Rodgers, the screenwriter, does a very good job mixing in funny lines throughout most of the movie.

"Freaky Friday" is a film about a girl named Annabelle (Jodie Foster) and her mother Mrs. Andrews (Barbara Harris) who are annoyed with each other. They both think that the other has an easy life. One Friday morning they wish to switch lives for a day and magically their wish comes true. Annabelle has her mother's life and her mother has hers for one very adventurous day.

The beginning of this film is not as funny as the end but, the comedy picks up quickly and soon has one laughing out loud. Even though the beginning is not remarkably funny, the characters' personalities and the plot still held my attention. One scene that I find really enjoyable is when Annabelle and her mother switch bodies in the beginning of the movie. The background music is very dramatic which makes me think something serious is about to happen. The special effects with the tiny sparkles is another really nice addition. One of my favorite parts in this film is when Mrs. Andrews is water skiing in Annabelle's body. While the boat pulls her, she accidentally grabs onto a kite and finds herself flying over the water. It is crazy and hilarious all at the same time.

I also love the message that "Freaky Friday" shares. It is a very important lesson about appreciating what you already have in life. It reminds me of the saying "The grass isn't always greener on the other side." Annabelle and her mom learn to appreciate what they have within their own life and also learn to respect each other.

I give "Freaky Friday" 4 out of 5 stars. It is very funny, has a unique plot and shares a great message. However, the ending is a little too predictable. I recommend it for kids ages 6 to 12, especially those who want a good laugh. I think kids younger than 6 might not understand the storyline and find that the film does not keep their attention.

Reviewed by Jeremy Badour, Age 7, KIDSFIRST! Film Critic

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A mother and daughter find their personalities switched and have to live each other's lives on one strange Friday. Produced in 1976.
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