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Plot: During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 11 Mar 1988
Charlie: "For Charlie, love Malice, party 'till you puke." (by bombersflyup)
Vice Versa is a lovable light comedy, that I appreciate.Comparing it to "Big" like many reviewers have done, isn't really fair. That is a universally loved film with Tom Hanks in the lead. Savage in his "Wonder Years" prime kills and while Reinhold holds the story together and has his moments, over does it a bit at times. Corinne Bohrer brings a lot to the film, reining in some of Reinhold's silliness and adding heart. Those dimples, like she has an extra smile and she is smiling the whole film, love her. The minor roles are also solid. Stand out moment is when <more>
Marshall as Savage is about to kiss Sam and she doesn't have a negative thought in her being, stunned and in the moment. Can see her expression right now.
"Vice Versa" is a very funny, very sweet comedy about a father and son who switch bodies thanks in part to a mysterious Thai skull that they both just happen to be touching at the same time not to mention making an unintentional wish that they could trade places with each other . Judge Reinhold "Beverly Hills Cop" and Fred Savage TV's "The Wonder Years" are dynamite in their roles as the father and son who have to get used to doing things that they're not used to doing the father goes to school; the son goes to work, etc. . "Vice Versa" <more>
has lots of big laughs and is perfect for the entire family. The film, shot almost entirely in Chicago, also uses the Chicago locations to good effect. A hilarious film from start to finish, and it's easily the best of the body switching movies that came out in 1987/1988 "Like Father, Like Son", "18 Again", and "Big" were the others . I still can't understand why this movie flopped at the box office in 1988. The thing that shocks me is that "Like Father, Like Son" was the worst of these movies, and it made more money than "Vice Versa". I can't figure that one out. "Vice Versa" has 100 times more laughs than "Like Father, Like Son" ever had. Sometimes I can't understand these moviegoers. And in this case, the fact that "Vice Versa" faired poorly at the box office when released in 1988 to me remains an enigma. I saw this movie in a packed movie house on it's opening weekend and everyone including myself and a friend of mine was laughing out loud while watching it. It's that funny of a movie. ***1/2 out of four
Good as a kid, great as an adult. (by mazdaprobegt)
I vaguely remember enjoying this film as a child. Watching it a 2nd time now as a middle-aged man sheds a whole new light on this outstanding piece of work. There are parts that I'm sure I didn't find humorous back then that were absolutely hysterical this time around. Very subtle adult themes that went over my head now struck me as very clever. I'm very happy to have stumbled upon this movie again. I highly recommend this film, especially to those that remember viewing it back in the 80's. I've found it to be more enjoyable than Big or any of the other body swap movies of <more>
If I have to compare the acting of Jodie Foster & Barbara Harris the 1977 Freaky Friday to Fred Savage & Judge Reinhold, the guys would win hands down.It was cool to see that jam session at Vigar & Avery Dept. store where Charlie in Marshall's body played the drums with that rich boy guitarist. Luckily he got out of that when the boss found out it was his favorite customer's son. Also, when Charlie took on those bullies in the bathroom, pretending to be an undercover cop.Another favorite part was when Fred Savage got to drive that police motorcycle to catch the bad <more>
people.Little did I know that his ex-wife & Charlie's mother would later become a loudmouth, driving 4 boys crazy in the process Jane Kaczamrek-Malcolm In The Middle .Overall, one of the best family movies of 1988.
Uptight workaholic yuppie department store executive Marshall a fine and spirited performance by Judge Reinhold and his estranged 11-year-old son Charlie an excellent portrayal by Fred Savage wind up having their souls change bodies due to a magical Tibetan skull.Director Brian Gilbert, working from a witty script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, keeps the enjoyable story zipping along at a brisk pace, maintains an amiable lighthearted tone throughout, and deftly mixes in a good deal of pure heart to go along with the infectious good-natured humor. Moreover, it's acted with zest by <more>
an able and enthusiastic cast: Reinhold and especially Savage do stellar work in the lead roles, with sturdy support from Corinne Bohrer as Marshall's sweet, but fed-up girlfriend Sam, Jane Kaczmarek as Marshall's snippy ex-wife Robyn, Swoosie Kurtz and David Proval as a pair of bumbling thieves, Gloria Gifford as put upon secretary Marcie, and William Prince as stern CEO Avery. A total hoot.
Strange to think this little forgotten 80's comedy is actually an adaptation of a late 18th Century novel. Hardly the kind of thing you'd expect to see Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage in. This overlooked flick came out a few months before 'Big' but failed to do as well unsurprisingly.One high flying business man and neglectful father swaps places with his very small bullied son. From there on the little boy must try and hold his fathers job together while the dad must battle the daily grind of school. At the same time a couple of baddies are also after the precious object that <more>
causes all the commotion. Its easy to grasp, predictable and cheesy but its a fun little jaunt.It always bothered me that they went to the trouble of having both characters actually change shape, shrink n grow, to make you believe that each of them transformed into the other. Wouldn't it have been easier just for them to swaps minds? why did they have to virtually mutate into each others body shape?. You don't see that of course, its only implied by camera angles and the simple raising and lowering of the floor beneath them haha but it just seemed pointless to me.The other thing I could never work out was this department store in Chicago. Obviously its suppose to be a very prestigious store for wealthy buyers but would it really have such lavish office levels above the store?. I don't know maybe in the US this is how big stores work, maybe here in the UK too in say...Harrods, but it felt so odd. All these snivelling ass kissing suits following the big director around their plush offices, the whole entourage of hierarchy that seems to run the store like the third Reich putting the fear of God into the employees. It is of course so very 80's with the power suits, an all white pompous set of staff and stereotypical male chauvinistic behaviour bit like 'Trading Places' , but I did like that angle, its so damn retro.This is one of those comedies that is suppose to be for kids but its actually quite grown up really, a perfect 80's comedy then. Many scenes contain Savage swearing, drinking and talking to adults as if he was one himself. That is the whole point sure but you know in this day and age it would be so watered down and childish, this is a touch edgy at times and its brilliant. Gotta be honest this is probably Savage's best major film too, he really does perform well as an adult I must say, Reinhold also kills it as a big child he's perfectly cast with his looks , both have lots of cute little moments which will make you laugh.You can see the how the finale will unfold a mile off but its still good goofy fun as the two bad guys get their obvious comeuppance. Its not a 'Pink Panther' type of tomfoolery don't worry, its a very tolerable silliness that is somewhat believable, there are no real big stunts or action sequences in this. I loved the performances from everyone in this, quick nod to the trio of brown nosing office boy yes men who all came across as 'Waldorf and Statler-like' live action Muppets, Richard Kind being one. Totally underrated in this reviewers opinion and well worth the watch if you enjoy really dated 80's flicks, good Xmas time flick too.8/10