Quick Review: Freaky (2020)

Directed by Christopher Landon

Written by Michael Kennedy and Christopher Landon

After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer (Vince Vaughn), a young girl (Kathryn Newton) in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

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Body swap as a theme is nothing new, but Freaky takes a well trodden concept and makes it its own. Vince Vaughn (The Butcher) and Kathryn Newton (Millie) are clearly having a ball playing each other and, because this does not take itself too seriously, it absolutely works. Vaughn may well be having a lot more fun playing the teenage girl than Newton does opposite him, but both give great performances and the scene between Vaughn (as Millie) and Millie’s love interest Booker (Uriah Shelton) is a stand out for awkwardness and hilarity, but is cleverely played to ensure it doesn’t stray into easy, cheap-shot territory. Celeste O’Connor and Misha Osherovich as Millie’s best friends Nyla and Josh are also excellent and the whole thing trundles along at a great pace, never outstaying its welcome.

We have some great deaths, an ancient curse, more great deaths, Cameron from Ferris Bueller (Alan Ruck), a difficult to kill killer and some fun comedy; what’s not to like?

Highly recommended if you are even slower than me in catching up with this stuff!

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