Southern California locations where 2003's "Freaky Friday" was
At the start of this body-switching comedy, Anna Coleman (Lindsay Lohan) is seen attending "Sunset Ridge High School".
Those school scenes were actually shot at a real high school, Palisades Charter High School, located at 15777 Bowdoin Street, in Pacific Palisades, CA.
The scene where Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Anna go to the Chinese restaurant and get that fateful fortune cookie was filmed at L.A.'s Chinatown, located near Broadway & College Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Anna, in her mother's body, goes on a shopping spree with her mother's credit cards, getting a new haircut, new clothes, and even piercing Tess's ear.
These shopping scenes were shot at
the Third Street Promenade,
in Santa Monica, California, which
is (of course) on Third Street, between Broadway
and Wilshire., just south of the Santa
Monica Place mall.
In the screenshot to the right, note
the water-spouting, ivy-covered dinosaur (triceratops), a well-known landmark
along the open-air Promenade
Anna (in her mother's body) is forced
to visit the elementary school of her
This scene was shot on Pacific
Coast Highway, in Pacific Palisades,
heading towards Santa Monica. In the screenshot above, we're
looking north, and the car is heading south (along
the coast, away from Malibu) on the road which runs below Palisades Cliffside
And speaking of Palisades Cliffside Park, it can be seen here in the scene where Tess's fiancee, Ryan (Mark Harmon) spots her on the back of a motorcycle with a young man. (This is actually daughter Anna in her mother's body, hanging out with her boyfriend, Jake (Chad Michael Murray)). The shot above is looking northwest, on Ocean Blvd, in Santa Monica.
Cliffside Park runs for over a mile atop the west side of
Ocean Blvd., along the coast of Santa
Monica, between San Vicente Blvd (on the north) and Colorado Ave (on the
south), overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean below. The long,
narrow park's green stretches and numerous tall palm trees can be seen
in many other movies.
When Anna's rock group (Pink Slip) gets a chance to audition for the KIIS Wango Tango, the audition/concert is held at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. Tess, in her daughter's body, doesn't know how to play the guitar, so Anna (in her mother's body) plays it backstage, while Tess fakes it onstage.
Also on the Sunset Strip, just down the road, is the Sunset Tower Hotel. This is where they shot the scenes of the wedding party. The hotel is located at 8358 Sunset Blvd., in West Hollywood.
A beautiful 1929 Art Deco tower,
it was known as the Argyle Hotel when this film was shot.
The photos on this page are
stills from the DVD of "Freaky Friday"
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