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"Freaky Friday"



"Freaky Friday"... classic images on the pains of parenting.

NOT FOR the first time will mothers and daughters be cheering together at the theatres. The popular family drama has been reinvented repeatedly to woo the ever-changing dynamics of the evolving home. Like the remake of ``The Parent Trap," "Freaky Friday" has cashed in on classic images of growing pains.

Jamie Lee Curtis as the compulsively correct mother, Dr Tess Coleman trapped in the body of her cool teenage daughter, Annabell (Lindsay Lohan), and how Anna gets a feel of what it takes for parenting is what this venture is all about.

Tess the mom is a pycho-analyst who seems very successful when it comes to her love life and her clients but a complete disaster when she has to deal with her daughter who keeps getting into trouble with one of the sweetest girls in school. Why can't she be friends with her? Anna's room is invariably a mess and curfew rules are what Anna hates. And things get really out of hand at a family lunch when Anna accuses Tess of having a good life while hers is on the way to finishing if she didn't allow her to participate in the audition for a rock show. The hostess of the restaurant where they are having lunch decides something needs to be done. She asks them to have a Chinese cookie. Not wanting to offend the old lady they take it but... whoopee...some change has happened. The next morning Anna wakes up with mom in her body and Tess with Anna in hers. It is disaster for both as they find they have to continue so that no one else suspects what has happened. To their dismay they find that they are stuck till they do something — an act of unselfishness, which can release them from the spell. Besides the wedding is just a few hours away. What are they going to do? Curtis does a convincing job as the 40s something teenager Anna who is discovering school, its pettiness and so on. Anna as Tess gets a hair cut, pierces her ear and replaces her sensible shoes for boots and generally swings. Anna also discovers that mom's life is fraught with uncertainties. And she is perfectly justified in wanting to get married again. Directed by Marks Waters adapted from a book by Mary Rodgers it is light and breezy and you could have a good time watching it.

CHITRA MAHESH

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