December 26, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Freaky Friday

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/06/03
performer
Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Chad Michael Murray
director
Mark Waters
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Leslie Dixon, Heather Hach
genre
Comedy

Jamie Lee Curtis gives one of the year’s Great Performances

A 45-year-old woman doesn’t often get to headline a movie. Even rarer is when said movie becomes a breakout $109 million hit. But not every 45-year-old actress is Jamie Lee Curtis, who, in last summer’s Freaky Friday remake, dazzles as both the buttoned-up career mom, Tess Coleman, and as her gawky, perpetually humiliated teenage daughter, Anna (played pre-body swap by Lindsay Lohan). And like Tom Hanks in Big almost a generation ago, her performances are cooking up serious awards-season heat. ”I have a very immature nature that I cover up with a lot of responsible adult behavior,” laughs Curtis, a mother of two. ”So it was as perfect an opportunity as I would ever have.” Bless her childish heart, Curtis lives it up in every scene, exhibiting a glorious unself-consciousness as Anna while wriggling away from Tess’ fiance (Mark Harmon), struggling with an ill-fitting thong, and shrieking at being trapped in her mother’s middle-aged body: ”I’m like the Crypt Keeper!” Curtis had such a blast, in fact, that she’s in no rush to commit to a next project. ”If I never did anything else, what a way to finish. To quote Anna, ‘It doesn’t suck.”’

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