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 through the day as a kid, playing on the field hockey team and dealing with typing class. Annabel has to deal with grown-up problems like getting appliances fixed and preparing a banquet. The whole silly story ends with a wacky car-chase/water skiing/hang-gliding conclusion in keeping with other Disney movies of the day. Freaky Friday was remade twice with the same title, and spawned a whole subgenre of body-switching movies in the 1980s. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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This movie was so funny to me. I laughed the whole time. Yes, it was dumb and unbelievable but it was funny anyway. Barbara Harris did a great job. He performance made the movie. I love when she jumps on the skateboard. Give this movie a try!
okay so everybody is wondering which Freaky Friday is better the 1976 version or the 2003 version with Linesy Lohlan and Jamie Lee Curtis well i have to say the 1976 movie cause when you remake a movie the first one is always the better one i know some people might disagree with me but the older one was cool so was the new one i have the new one on dvd but i really want the 1976 one i haven't seen it in a long time i hope to get this dvd Freaky Friday of 1976 rules! its the coolset movie god bless Freaky Friday of 1976! now all they need to do is make a 2008 movie called Like Mother Like Daughter just like Freaky Friday!!! LoL !!!!!!