Freaky Friday (2003, dir. Mark Waters) stars Lindsay Lohan as the rebellious Anna and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother Tess, whose bodies get swapped around after a meddling grandma from the Chinese restaurant gives them magical fortune cookies. Hilarity ensues and the love interest Jake, played by Chad Michael Murray, starts to fall in love with Anna in her mother’s body. Meanwhile, Anna (in her mother’s body) must prepare for a wedding to her stepfather. The Oedipal element of New Comedy is very much present in this film but not in the traditional way. Instead of an active competition between the young person and the senex to possess the love interest, the involvement of the fantastical in this situation as well as a female-focused story allows for a comedic plot that is driven by the forced development of mutual understanding and trust between Anna and Tess. However, the other conventions of New Comedy are still followed. The characters standing in the path of the heroines are petty high school bullies in the “mental bondage…[of] social rituals, and selfishness”, which also brings out the ugly side in Tess when she exacts revenge and this lets the audience “ridicule [her] lack of self knowledge”. The individual release that leads to the social reconciliation and comic resolution is the mended relationship between mother and daughter, in addition to Jake falling in love with the right (young) heroine after Oedipal confusion. At the final scene where the wedding takes place, the young couple’s embrace marks the symbolic death of the tragedy within the comedy – for it would truly be a tragedy if the mother and daughter never found a way to switch back bodies. The God-(Wo)man comes back to life again as Jake asks her, “Do you think we can rewind this whole thing and start again?” Notably, the spirit of reconciliation summons the presence of the meddling Chinese grandma, the “parasite, who has no business to be at the festival but is nevertheless there”.
 Frye, Northrop, “The Argument of Comedy”, English Institute Essays, 1949, pp. 61.
 Ibid, pp. 62.