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Freaky Friday Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Endearing '76 original may feel outdated to kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Annabel and her mom share mutual animosity at the beginning of the film, but grow to respect each other as they live a day in the other's life. There's some comic car chases and car crashes, but nothing scary or dangerous.

  • Families can talk about how different this film adaptation of Mary Rodgers' book is from the 2003 remake starring Lindsay Lohan. How different are the two Annabels, both in terms of dress and what people expect of them? Do you think girls today are under more pressure to be sexy and grown up than they were in the 1970s?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Annabel drives a car as a 13-year-old. She's also ostracized by her friends for being smart in class. But the overall message is understanding and family love. Annabel is mean to her older brother until she spends time with him in her mom's body.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Some comic car chases and car crashes, but no one gets hurt. Annabel drives on the sidewalk and scares pedestrians off a footbridge. Rival field hockey team members attack Annabel, hitting her with their sticks and tripping her.

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    Sexy stuff: Annabel has a crush on her neighbor, Boris and, as her mom, invites him over for the afternoon.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Ben eats Ritz crackers.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mrs. Schmauss is an alcoholic. She doesn't drink on-screen, but characters allude to her drinking on the job and she goes to buy alcohol in the middle of the day.

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