Freaky Friday

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.

PG 2003 95 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 62 reviews

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age 10+

Could do w/o the tired orientalism

Pretty much everything about the movie is pretty typical: kids struggle with parental dating after loss of parent, mom and adolescent daughter love each other but struggle to connect, mom is too tightly wound, little brother is obnoxious, daughter is a standout musician on her way to stardom, and so on... this is fine and makes for a pleasant if not predictable show except! The tired orientalism— the Chinese magical nonsense, complete with gong, is just yuck. I would encourage parents to use this as a teaching moment about how Chinese people, if they are featured at all, are repeatedly depicted as magical, exotic, and foreign by Hollywood.
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age 9+

A Rollicking Good Time

We watched this movie and thought is was fun and light-hearted. We enjoyed the idea of switching places, the acting was terrific - it's Jamie Lee Curtis! We especially appreciated watching a narrative arc which didn't require the need for a drastic 'evil' villain or the overuse of wild action. This film did a great job of exploring misunderstandings, and how we can step into another's shoes and find a different perspective and some deeper understanding. The portrayal of the Chinese Restauranteurs did not seem out of place - they are Chinese Americans that won a restaurant and have slight accents. We are not Asian so I cannot speak to how that lands for them - but the reviews made it seem like they were caricatures like Long Duck Dong in Sixteen Candles - which these characters certainly were not. Overall, this was a fun family film with positive messages and supportive themes for mothers and daughter's, brother's and sisters, and the challenges that face kids and parents alike. We laughed and enjoyed it.

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Great role models
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