Freaky Friday (1976)

Let’s go back to the year 1976. Notable films including Rocky, Taxi Driver, Network, The Bad News Bears, among many others, became so popular that they were influential to future filmmakers. Star Wars: A New Hope was under a hectic schedule. Celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch, Cillian Murphy, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Reynolds, Reese Witherspoon, Colin Farrell, & Jon Bernthal, were also born in the exact same year. One film I’ve decided to review is probably the film that launched Jodie Foster into stardom, besides Taxi Driver, is a film about what happens if you decided to switch bodies for a single day, is none other than Freaky Friday.

Freaky Friday was released in theaters worldwide. At the time of it’s release, the film received positive reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Plus it made enough cash at the box office. The film went on to earn Golden Globe nominations at The 34th Golden Globes Awards. Both Jodie Foster & Barbara Harris were nominated for Best Actress In A Musical Or Comedy, and the film’s theme song, “I Like To Be You For A Day,” was nominated for Best Original Song. None of them won anything.

Twenty-Seven Years Later, a remake starring Lindsay Lohan & Jamie Lee Curtis, was also a big hit. This was one of Linday’s successful films prior to her legal problems.

Recently, Jodie claims that superhero movies are destroying cinema. All I’m gonna say is that she hurt my feelings. In response to her negative comment about superhero movies ruining cinema. I’ve decided to look back at her early career as a way to retaliate back at her to see which film isn’t relevant as it once was.

The following review contains big fat SPOILERS. If you’ve never seen the original, read at your own risk.

Positive: Jodie Foster & Barbara Harris, (who’s a generic brand of Goldie Hawn) both did a good job on their performances.

John Astin, (Gomez from The Addams Family and Sean Astin’s real life father) also did an ok job on his performance.

Character Development involving both leads as they learn about each other’s deepest darkest secrets and they must learn to adapt in a different body.

The Climax reminded me of a car chase from GTA: San Andreas or GTA V. Los Santos is based on Los Angeles.

The Moral of this story, shows you what happens if you want to fill in the role of an adult or child, you’re gonna have to think twice, because reality ensues.

Negative: A Blue Screen Effect has never aged so well for a film that came out in 1976. I can’t believe I’m gonna say this over my new adversary’s film, I’ll give this flaw a pass, because special effects at the time, weren’t advanced enough.

The film is completely dated like an expired driver’s license. Examples such as, The Extras wear clothes from that time period, typewriters are shown in one scene, the mother grew up during The 50’s.

Is it me, or does Annabel’s coach heavily resembles stand-up comedian, Eddie Izzard?

Nobody notices a pre-teen is using a credit card. Let me get this straight, the mom uses her daughter’s body by unintentionally committing credit card fraud. In reality, a cashier would’ve question a kid on why he/she is using a credit card without showing identification.

An old lady mentioned, “Rock n’ Roll can give you a headache!” In Four Decades, wait til’ you see Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, & Ariana Grande, bleeding your future grandkid’s ears!

The movie ends with a cheesy Freeze-Frame. As I’ve stated in previous reviews including The Breakfast Club, I tend to make fun of this technique by acting like a narrator talking to the audience.

The Final Verdict: C, FOR COSTIPATION!

In my opinion, I think this movie doesn’t hold up very well. It’s outdated and cheesy at the same time. If I were you, I recommend the Lindsay Lohan version which is ten times better than the original.

Jodie if you’re reading this, superhero films aren’t destroying cinema. They’re still pushing forward, with talented writers coming up with sub-genres on what the superhero genre can d,  by combining both elements into a brand new flavor. Jodie, you’re just jealous because you’re not as relevant as you used to be, due to today’s special effects weren’t around your childhood. Do me a favor, and apologize to fans of Marvel and DC Comics for your negative opinion them.

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