*** Official FREAKY FRIDAY Discussion Thread

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  1. Peter Kline

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    This remake with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan is based on an earlier 1976 Disney film which starred Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster and is getting the best reviews on a percentage basis over at Rotten Tomatoes since that, er, fish story film. There was also a TV version in 1995 starring Shelly Long and Gabby Hoffman. Here's an instance where the film remakes seem to be as good as the original. The original story is by Mary Rodgers (daughter of composer Richard Rodgers). She wrote the screenplay for the first two versions as well. Talk about getting mileage out of a property!
     
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    Studio exec: "Damn, remake #78 was an improvement on #77 but it's still not perfect. It's still missing something."

    Director: "Let me have a shot at it, boss. I am sure that remake #79 will be the cinematic masterpiece that you crave."


    I honestly don't understand this phenomenon myself. Off the top of my head I can think of these versions:

    Freaky Friday(1976)--Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster
    Freaky Friday(1995)--Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffmann
    Vice Versa(1988)--Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage
    Like Father, Like Son(1987)--Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron
    Wish Upon a Star(1996)--Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris


    p.s.--Am I a creep if I notice that Lindsay Lohan is going to grow into one increadibly good looking woman?:b
     
  3. Glenn Overholt

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    Hunter, it is actually worse than that - namely because you forgot two! [​IMG]

    Big 88
    Young Again 87

    Any more missing?

    Glenn
     
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    Unlike the rest of those titles however, this movie actually looks funny.

    I just dissolve into giggles everytime I see Jamie Lee Curtis in close up shrieking, "My God, I'm like the Cryptkeeper!" [​IMG]
     
  5. Peter Kline

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    Those other films were rip-offs of the original.

    Hunter, amazing how you were able to remember the 2 other Freaky Friday films! [​IMG]
     
  6. Martin Fontaine

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    Saw what I believe is the 76 version a few times when I was a kid. Was it in this film that there was a car chase at one point and a police car hit into the beginning of a concrete wall and split in 2? I wonder if things like that will be kept in the remake...

    And yes, I rememeber seeing lots of Father/Sons or Mother/Daughter mind switch movies too...
     
  7. Glenn Overholt

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    Martin, that is correct about the cop car. That was a riot!

    I remember both of them too, and I am expecting both of them to come out, along with this one, before the end of this year. Disney would be stupid not to capitalize on that, but they had better be in OAR, even if the 2nd one might have been in 4:3.

    Glenn
     
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    I saw the new remake.

    And liked it.

    God help me.
     
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    Hey, Ebert and Roeper gave it two [​IMG] !
     
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    I'm no perv. But Lohan is quite adorable indeed. (OK, I'm a perv. Sorry.)

    PLUS she's really damn good in this movie, most notably in the middle parts when she's supposed to be the oh-so-proper-but-not-for-long grown-up in a teenage body.

    For the record: she's 17.
     
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    Also, "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers". Aliens take over human bodies in hopes of conquering the earth. [​IMG]
     
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    You would have to drug me to get me into this film. But you know what? Kids'll love it, and it won't offend most adults. It'll probably do okay.
     
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    More TMI, I think I have you beat since I was out of college by then and I thought the same thing. I will go turn myself into the authorities now.:b :b :b

    I have to admit that the trailers look good. They are at least better than a made-for-the-Disney-Channel movie.

    I will admit that I have seen all those body swapping movies because I like the premise. I'm still amused though that moviemakers still feel obligated to try and redo it.
     
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    I too quite enjoyed this one. Enough to see it twice pre-release.
     
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    I saw this at an advance screening on Thursday and was more than pleasantly surprised. Both lead comediennes did wonderful jobs and gave spirited, funny performances. Some parts are genuinely hilarious without turning to generic Disney humor or over-the-top sex/fart jokes. A very fun, light-hearted comedy that even manages to be touching without seeming maudlin. Probably the best live action Disney film since . . . Lohan's The Parent Trap in 1998, another winner.

    Tyler Ruggeri
     
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    A.O. Scott of the New York Times says Jamie Lee is worthy of an Oscar nomination! Review is here.
     

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