Jamie Lee Curtis is absolutely brilliant as Tess Coleman, a harried psychiatrist with two children, about to remarry after the death of her husband. Lindsay Lohan plays her daughter Anna, a rebellious teenager who can't see eye to eye with her mother.
Comparing the Lindsay Lohan of this movie with the wafer thin girl she has become, it should be noted that she looked so much prettier, happier and healthier then, that I wish she'd look back at this movie and go out and eat something.
You already know that this is a "switch" movie, and thanks to Lucille Soong as an interfering old woman, the switch is done with the crisp snap of a fortune cookie. Both Curtis and Lohan handle the change in their characters admirably, and soon both Tess and Anna get a first hand understanding of each other's rather complicated lives.
Mark Harmon has a supporting role as Tess' fiancé Ryan, and Chad Michael Murray plays Anna's love interest Jake, but this movie is all about the female leads as they get a new perspective, earn each other's respect and generally change each other, while at the same time delivering the laughs.
Tess and Anna switch
Fortune cookie lets them be
Jamie Lee Curtis is on the top of her game, as Dr. Tess Coleman, a psychotherapist who is desperately trying to keep it together at home as she prepares for her upcoming marriage, while also battling the demands of her anxious patients. Tess's rebellious, puckish daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) is causing Tess no end of trouble. Anna won't get up for school in the morning, she plays loud music in the basement with her rock band, and she is constantly fighting with her younger brother, Harry (Ryan Malgarini). Anna thinks that her Mum is old fashioned and stodgy, a well-meaning control freak who just can't go with flow or understand the pressures that weigh upon her slender shoulders. Where mother and daughter really differ is in their views of Ryan (Mark Harmon), who is about to marry Tess.
Their disagreements erupt into a major mother-daughter shouting match one evening in the back of a Chinese restaurant. The restaurant owner's mother (Lucille Soong) sees what is going on and offers them some magical fortune cookies. The next morning - Freaky Friday - mother and daughter find themselves inhabiting each other's bodies. Since Tess's wedding is Saturday, they are under considerable pressure to switch back.Read more ›