Mondays are manic. Wednesdays are wild. And Fridays are about to get a little freaky.
An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the others life for one freaky Friday.
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some language.
Restaurant, Generation Gap, Chinese Restaurant, Remake, Widow
Trading Bodies, Mothers and Daughters, Generation Gap, Wishes Come True, Managing Parental Relationships, Wedding Bells
Anna Coleman (Lindsay Lohan) is an average teenage rebel whose constant victims of her nature are her stodgy mother Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and annoying younger brother Harry. Sources of irritation include a rock band Anna is in, which her mother dislikes, and Tess's upcoming wedding to a man named Ryan, which Anna is emotionally not ready for because her father died three years ago. Also contributing to Anna's irritation is her enemy, Stacey Hinkhouse, who never seems to stop torturing her and has convinced Tess that she and Anna are still best friends (they used to be friends years ago), and Anna's English teacher, Mr. Bates, who gives her an F on every assignment, no matter how hard she tries.
When the family eat out in a Chinese restaurant, Anna and Tess quickly start fighting again: Anna wishes to participate with the rest of her band in a band audition, however the show is the same night as Tess's wedding rehearsal. Hearing the argument, an elderly Chinese woman offers Anna and Tess both fortune cookies. Upon opening them, there is a short earthquake which only they feel.
The next day, Tess wakes up and discovers that she is in Anna's body, with Anna in her mother's body. Confused and unable to work out how to return to their rightful bodies on their own, they decide to go back to the restaurant to find out what happened. Since Anna has an important test and Tess must go to work, the two are forced into each others roles. At school, "Anna" not only discovers her daughter was right about Stacey, but she is also given a bad grade from Mr. Bates even though she got all the answers correct, and realizes that he is a former classmate of hers whom she had turned down when he had asked her to the School Prom and he is taking it out on Anna. "Anna" confronts Mr. Bates over this in front of Anna's friends, humiliating him and warning him to stop his treatment of 'her' or he will be reported to the school board.
After work with "Tess" primarily forced to feign her way through most of her mother's appointments apart from a case involving a mother's concerns over her daughter, "Tess" gives her mother's body a makeover, including new clothes, a new haircut, and an ear piercing. Then, the two go to the restaurant again and talk to Pei-Pei, the daughter of the woman that gave them the fortune cookies. Furious at her mother's meddling but unable to directly help them, Pei-Pei advises them to read the fortunes in the cookies, as when the fortunes come true, they will swap back.
In the afternoon, "Tess" attends Harry's parent-teacher conference, where she reads a composition he wrote about how much Harry admires Anna, but provoked fights so that she would pay attention to him. When "Anna" takes Anna's test, Stacey writes a note and places it on her desk for "Anna" to read, but then makes it look like "Anna" is cheating, landing her in detention. "Anna" is able to finish the test later with the help of Jake, an older student that Anna had a crush on. She also gets revenge on Stacey by erasing all of the answers on her test paper and writing "I'M STUPID!" on it.
Meanwhile, Ryan surprises "Tess" with an interview on a talk show to discuss her new psychology book. "Tess" is unable to discuss the meaning of the book, which she has not read, so she improvises by turning the show into a wild romp while angering "Anna", who sees the interview on TV, in the process. Afterwards, "Tess" sees Jake at a coffee shop and bonds with him over similar musical interests. Jake then begins to fall for "Tess", when he notices all the characteristics he likes about Anna.
At the wedding rehearsal that evening, "Anna" and "Tess" read the fortune, stating "when what you see is what you lack, then selfless love will change you back", but leaves them overly confused. Anna's bandmates come to try to convince "Anna" to go to the audition, but ultimately decides to use force. However, the bandmates are caught by security but Ryan gives her permission to go. He also tells "Tess" that he wanted Anna to accept him into the family on her own. Seeing Ryan in a new light, "Tess" leaves to watch her band perform.
At the audition, "Anna" is unable to play the guitar so "Tess" unplugs it and plays another guitar backstage while "Anna" mimes along. The band does a great job and for the first time, "Anna" realizes how much fun Anna has playing in her band. Back at the wedding rehearsal, "Anna" asks "Tess" to have Ryan postpone the wedding, so that Anna will not have to go through mar