Freaky Friday; Fantasy comedy, USA, 1995; D: Melanie Maybon, S: Shelley Long, Gaby Hoffmann, Catlin Adams, Alan Rosenberg, Sandra Bernhard, Drew Carey, Carol Kane
Ellen Andrews is innovative in design of new clothes but pretty lax in handling her neglected daughter Annabelle. On Friday the 13th, Ellen's lover Bill gives her a gift, a mysterious Chinese talisman that causes a miracle - Ellen and Annabell switch bodies. Since nobody noticed that, they try to keep it a secret: Ellen feels wonderful as a 14-year old girl, yet everyone mocks her in school and she is terrible at basketball, while Annabelle enjoys as a grown up woman, but has obligations selling her fashion design to rich Frieda, which she visits on rollerskates. She manages to persuade her. Finally, Ellen and Annabelle switch back to their normal bodies.Fantasy children's comedy "Freaky Friday" has been adapted and remade numerous times, and this TV version offers a solid fun and should probably please everyone, yet it still remained a typical mild Disney film. The idea that a mother and a daughter switch their bodies and see how it is to be in their skin has charm even in this 1oth film version, but the beginning of the film is slow and has no balance. The main jokes, which were derived from the exploitation of the quirky basic concept, mostly are composed out of the fact that a 14-year old girl would say such lines like: "Just because your generation suffered, now you want that the next one suffers too!", while she also smokes cigarettes and asks boys if they kissed her. Even the grown up Shelley Long copes well while acting a teenager, especially when she ironically accuses both "herself" and Annabelle: "I'm equally as guilty as my daughter!" It's a solid film that doesn't try to be something more, while Sandra Bernhard has a small appearance towards the end as the spoiled rich Frieda, but she got weaker gags (she gives just a few cents as a tip).