Audiences may find themselves wondering if they stepped into a movie theater or a time machine this week as two movies based on hits from the 1970s hit theaters: the cop-show-turned-movie "S.W.A.T." and Disney's remake of "Freaky Friday."
Jamie Lee Curtis made a name for herself with 1978's original "Halloween," just two years after the first "Freaky Friday" was released. But neither of this week's new films, set in the modern day, are a throwback to that era stylistically. "Friday" almost featured Kelly Osbourne (see "Kelly Osbourne No Longer Getting 'Freaky' "), but ended up starring Curtis and "The Parent Trap"'s Lindsay Lohan. (Click to see "Freaky Friday" photos.)
"It's very contemporary," Curtis promised at Saturday's Teen Choice Awards taping. "Lindsay Lohan plays music. She's in kind of a grunge band called Pink Slip. I mean, it's funny — I think it's natural to switch places a little bit in today's generation."
"It's a comedy about a mom and a daughter who [mystically] switch places," she added. "So if you've ever had a conflict with your parent and you want to kind of get another perspective, just imagine switching places with your mom or your dad and living their life and having them live yours."
There are also some freaky rearrangements in "S.W.A.T.," which stars Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J and Michelle Rodriguez ("The Fast and the Furious") as an elite team of cops. The movie uses the TV show's theme in its score and features a cameo from one of the show's stars. There are also scenes in which the film's characters hum the theme and watch the '70s show on television. (Click to see "S.W.A.T." photos.)
Both movies will go up against the box-office might of "American Wedding" (see " 'Pie' Cast Says Smaller 'Wedding' Is Tastiest Slice Yet"), "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which has plundered more than $200 million so far. (Click to see "American Wedding" photos.)