I still remember the very first time I watched “Freaky Friday” as a kid. I think it was even an after-school special (though that’s aging me a bit). I liked it then and I like it now.
Disney has an all-new “Freaky Friday” that kids went nuts over when it recently aired. Well, it’s now available to bring home on DVD, and to celebrate I’m hosting a Freaky Friday Giveaway thanks to my friends at Disney Channel (who have provided me, and soon two of you. with complimentary copies)!
Freaky Friday 2018
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.
Sixteen-year-old Ellie Blake and her uber-organized mom Katherine, are constantly at odds about Ellie’s messy room, sloppy clothes and seemingly careless attitude. 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. Now, Ellie and Katherine must trade places at work and at school, and, during one crazy day, they’ll learn to understand and appreciate each other.
I have always loved the storyline for “Freaky Friday” because no matter the decade the story is told, it’s one we all can relate to.
I remember my relationship with my mom. It wasn’t all roses, especially during those teen years. As my daughter approaches that stage, I’m cognizant of the fact that our relationship might go through something similar. But with “Freaky Friday” at least we are able to laugh about it.
I lost a parent, and that was a part of the story that I understood all too well. But I certainly wasn’t a teenage girl when I did, and for that I am grateful. Despite the tough issues that Ellie must go through during high school, the movie is funny, real, and full of incredible music.
Speaking of music, I absolutely loved “Just One Day” and a new, original song entitled, “At Last It’s Me” – written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. So much so, you must take a listen…
TAKE IT HOME: on Amazon!
Now let’s take a look at “Freak Friday”…
Cast: Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Ellie; Heidi Blickenstaff as Katherine; Ricky He as Adam; Alex Désert as Mike; and Jason Maybaum as Fletcher.