Freaky Friday
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Prolific television director Gary Nelson made the Walt Disney live-action comedy Freaky Friday, based on the novel by Mary Rodgers. Barbara Harris stars as suburban housewife Ellen Andrews, the wife of Bill (John Astin) and the mother of Annabel (Jodie Foster) and Ben (Sparky Marcus). Ellen just can't understand what's going on with teenaged Annabel, who hangs around the house making snappy remarks, eating ice cream for breakfast, and calling her brother Apeface. They each make a separate wish to be in the other's place, and they get their wish on Friday 13th. Ellen has to go… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good performances struggle gamely to overcome the increasingly predictable plot."
‑ , Time Out
"Endearing '76 original may feel outdated to kids."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"The film is filled with sight gags and features a wonderful performance by Harris."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Disney's golden years and golden girl."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Toward the end there are some amusing car-chase scenes. Elsewhere the humor is clotted by the feeling that the jokes are chasing the reactions, instead of the other way around."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"A kid's comedy classic."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Quite inspired Disney comedy with fine performances."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Dismal and cheap as only a 70s Disney film can be."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The situation -- a mother and daughter switch personalities for a day -- is rife with possibilities, but since this 1977 comedy is a Disney film, said possibilities are scrupulously squandered."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's vacuous TV sitcom stuff that's hampered by a weak script..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A cute little concoction for mothers and daughters."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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