, 30 Mar 2007
Between this version and the original 1976 version came a 1995 made for TV rendering with Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman. The 1976 Jodie Foster version was a staple of school holidays for me as a kid, although when I saw it again fairly recently I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't QUITE as good as i'd remembered. What a different film this would be if Annette Bening hadn't backed out at the eleventh hour or if the makers' original choice Jodie Foster hadn't declined over the gimmick factor. Jamie Lee Curtis is excellent as Tess in the adult role and you're reminded what a fantastic comic actress she is. A massive hit in the States (breaking through the 100 million dollar mark on a budget of 26 million), this marked the beginning of the second phase of Lindsay Lohan's career (who plays Anna) and the bad behaviour of recent years isn't evident in the special features connected with this disc. With a namecheck for the seminal band The Breeders, this is packed with interesting scenes and scenarios, the equivalent set-ups from the Seventies looking extremely dated in comparison. Anna no longer oversoaps the washing machine; here she is the lead guitarist in a band taking part in a Battle of the Bands competition. Tess's back story is also modern; she's a widower about to marry for the second time (to Mark Harmon). The body swap scenario revolves around Fortune Cookies consumed at a Chinese restaurant, two two protagonists having to understand what it's like to be in the other's shoes before reverting back to their former selves. In a Peggy Sue Gets Married type situation, the mother spends time at the daughter's school experiencing first hand how different it is to be a High Schooler in the Noughties.
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