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Parents' Guide to

Freaky Friday (1976)

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Endearing '76 original may feel outdated to kids.

Movie G 1976 95 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 5+

Wow this one DOES NOT Hold up!

I don't know how the editors here gave this a 4 out of 5 star review. While it is definitely family friendly, more importantly its family boring and family slow. We had just finished watching the Lindsay Lohan version which our 6 and almost 8 year olds really enjoyed. But this one moved at a snails pace, has really poor 70's production values and a poor script. Which is really sad because Jodie Foster is my personal second favorite actress of all time (2nd only to Katharine Hepburn). And she was fine for her age, but the movie was pretty horrible. We only made it about half way through before everyone collectively decided it wasn't worth our time. This is doubly sad because I watched this movie as a tween when it first came out and had fond memories of it. Oh how things change with time!
age 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

We all know what happens, and the movie's heartwarming message still resonates. However, that may be all that appeals to the modern tween and teen. Especially those who've seen the Lindsay Lohan version that boasts the star power and more special effects. Kids may be bored by the constant inner monologues and the old-fashioned tasks on Annabel's to-do list.

Still, the film is important not just because of the message, but also because it shows how much the image of the teen girl has changed over the past three decades. Foster plays a regular teen, jersey t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers included. But compared to the sexed-up image of Lohan in the recent remake, she looks positively childish. Best to aim this story at younger kids, who will appreciate it more and adore the old-school cartoon introduction.

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