Freaky Friday (1976 film)

Freaky Friday (1976 film)

Freaky Friday is a 1976 film starring Jodie Foster as Annabel Andrews and Barbara Harris as her mother.


The film is based on a novel by Mary Rodgers, in which mother and daughter switch bodies and get a taste of each others' lives. The cause of the switch is left unexplained in this film, but occurs one Friday the 13th, when Mrs. Andrews and Annabel, in two different places, say about each other at the same time "I wish I could switch places with her for just one day." Rogers adds a waterskiing subplot to her screenplay. The cast includes John Astin, Ruth Buzzi, Dick Van Patten, and Charlene Tilton.

Neither Barbara Harris nor Jodie Foster did any actual waterskiing in the film. In both cases, these scenes were achieved with the use of professional waterskiiers in long shot on location, and cutaway shots of the actresses in front of a green-screen projection. Foster did, however, play field hockey in the film.


The movie was remade into a 2003 comedy directed by Mark Waters, with Lindsay Lohan as the daughter and Jamie Lee Curtis as the mother.


* Although incorrect (the character is referred to in dialogue as "Ms. Murphy"), this is how the credit appears on-screen.
† Although incorrect (the character is referred to in dialogue as "Miss Gibbons"), this is how the credit appears on-screen.


"Those Freaky McGuires", an episode of Lizzie McGuire, follows a similar plot to "Freaky Friday" with Lizzie (Hilary Duff) and her brother Matt (Jake Thomas) switching places.

In "Freaky Friday", an episode of 8 Simple Rules, Cate switches places with Bridget, C.J. changes places with Grandpa Jim, and Rory switches places with his hamster. Kerry is the only one who did not change places with anyone.

The Wrong Coast, a claymation series that parodies movies, did a parody called "Sort Of But Not That Freaky Friday".

"The Switch" an episode of The Secret World of Alex Mack, Alex Mack switches place with her mother who must now learn how to control her powers. They are left confused and scared.

Shin-Chan, a Japanese cartoon, did a parody where Shin swaps bodies with his mother Mitzi, titled "Trading Faces" in the English FUNimation dub.

In "Manic Monday", an episode of the U.S. anime series Kappa Mikey, mysterious friendship bracelets cause Lily and Mitsuki to switch bodies with one another and they are told they'll switch back when they learn a valuable trait that the other possesses.

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