Parents' Guide to

Freaky Friday (2018)

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Musical reboot's heartwarming themes are great for families.

Movie NR 2018 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Awful song about parents lying

I would have scored this higher as the kids seemed to be enjoying it, but then there was a song about parents lying about Santa Claus and magic and suggesting that when we praise our children we’re really lying to them and they’re not really good at anything. That’s just a horrible message - why would we want our kids to doubt everything? So I wish we had avoided this film.
age 13+

Way better than the other two!! (my opinion)

**CALLING ALL MUSICAL LOVERS** This is a musical! I didn't know that it was a musical until the main characters busted out singing and dancing! I was shocked! I personally LOVED it! It was much cleaner than the last remake and I recommend over the first two versions. There are low and plunging tops and short skirts/shorts on the main characters and extras. Like for most of the movie... The main family is mixed. Black dad and white mom/kids. There is a lot of diversity in this movie, and I think it makes it feel real, so I applaud Disney! The daughter is grieving from her dad's death 5 years earlier. Her grief led to her being on the rebellious side, such as getting a belly button piercing. The daughter calls her brother names such as, "nerd face", etc. which helps tear him down leading to him running away from home. Cute little romance mixed in the plot line. Mother and daughter realize to switch back they need to confess their love for each other (**cough cough kinda like Frozen cough cough**) This does seem to be a movie for teenagers (girls) and their mom's. Like a mother daughter movie. I watched it with my 13-year-old sister and she was a bit bored, but I am 18 (female) and loved the balance of everything! And I love musicals so I'm a bit biased XD

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (10 ):

This remake's shtick is the breakout musical numbers that give the familiar story a dynamic quality that you didn't even realize you wanted. All of the requisite hilarity of identity-swapping tales is here: Teen is shocked at her mom body's "loose skin" and laments adulting being "super unfun," Mom fails miserably at high school lingo and body language and can't resist giving sage advice to her daughter's social nemesis, and so on. Awkwardness abounds as Ellie and Katherine, played endearingly by the capable actresses, try desperately to maintain the status quo in each other's lives.

Besides the obvious message about not judging a book (or your mother) by its cover, Freaky Friday emphasizes self-expression and honest communication. It wouldn't have been as much fun for the audience, but Katherine and Ellie could have arrived at the same understanding about each other if they'd just called a truce and talked openly about their feelings at the start. In the end, it's that simple act that sets things right, and that's what families can take away from this movie.

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