One of my favorite stories growing up was that of Freaky Friday. What kid doesn’t think about their parents needing to know more about their life as a kid? What parent doesn’t wish their kid new what it was like to be an adult? Freaky Friday does just that. Disney has updated Freaky Friday with a new more edgy look.
A contemporary musical update of the classic comedic story, “Freaky Friday” is based on Disney Theatrical Productions’ stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers. Teenager Ellie Blake and her mom Katherine are complete opposites and often clashing with one another. Ellie really misses her dad who passed away a few years ago; she bickers with her younger brother and argues with Katherine who’s getting ready to marry her fiancé, Mike – tomorrow. As mother and daughter quarrel, they accidentally break the treasured hourglass given to Ellie by her father and then, suddenly, they magically switch bodies. Ellie and Katherine trade places for one crazy day!
Cast: Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Ellie; Heidi Blickenstaff as Katherine; Ricky He as Adam; Alex Désert as Mike; and Jason Maybaum as Fletcher.
Director: Steve Carr
Choreographer: John Carrafa
Writer: Bridget Carpenter (Written for Television)
Bonus Material: Blooper Reels Deleted Scenes Audition Tapes for Cozi and Heidi
Feature Run Time: Approx. 90 minutes
Like I said, I’m a fan of the original Freaky Friday. I loved the book. This is a new update but the story line is the same. Its pretty much the same movie with just a bit more modern take. For modern, think adding cellphones, update the boyfriends. Otherwise its basically the same movie. We thought it was good but nothing that was so different that I would search it out over the original. I would probably go to the original just because I love the cast in that one more.