Freaky Friday

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Freaky Friday Poster Image

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

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

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.
3 people found this helpful.
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.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Freaky Friday (1976) Poster Image

    Freaky Friday (1976)

    Endearing '76 original may feel outdated to kids.

    age 6+
  • 13 Going on 30 Poster Image

    13 Going on 30

    Touching, hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.

    age 12+
  • Big Poster Image

    Big

    Wonderful story with some very mature material.

    age 13+

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Young girl staring at her dad
    Empathy
    See all
  • Young child laughing
    Gratitude
    See all
  • Teenage boy with a basketball
    Self-control
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon magic wand on orange background
    Magic and Fantasy
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a high school letterman's jacket
    High School
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate