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18 Again! (1988)

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By means of an accident the soul of David and his swinging grandfather get swapped. While the grandfather's body is still in coma, he enjoys having a young body again and repairs some facts in David's life, who he finds not to be self-confident enough. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Be careful what you wish for... it just might come true! See more »


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8 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Eighteen Again!  »

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$2,567,099 (USA)
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Part of a late 1980s mini-cycle of age-swap / body-swap pictures. The movies included Big (1988), 18 Again! (1988), Vice Versa (1988), Dream a Little Dream (1989), and Like Father Like Son (1987). See more »

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For David's big race, Charlie gives him the running shoes that he wore back in 1928, however the leather on sixty year old shoes would have deteriorated to point that the shoes would be unusable. See more »

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David Watson: I don't want to hit a lady, Horton, but I wouldn't mind hitting her.
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Referenced in Who's the Boss?: Nineteen Again (1988) See more »

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Written by Gus Edwards & Edward Madden
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Underrated 80s comedy
18 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some people didn't like this film, but I did. It was one of the four body swap comedies that came out in the same 12 months during 1987-1988. I remember them all very well cause I was 12 and 13 then and I was always going to the movies.

"18 again" was one of the best of the four. (Vice versa was best, Like father, like son was my least favorite). George Burns was always a good comedian, and I liked him in the "Oh god" movies. Here he switches places with his 18 year old grandson, Charlie Shlatter. The swap comes after Burn's birthday party when he says how he's happy about how he has everything he wants, except youth. Then, Burns and Charlie, in the car together, have an accident.

When he comes to, Charlie in Burn's body, he discovers he's been swapped. He's shocked for a moment, but then he is ecstatic and excited, he has gotten his wish. He goes back to school and things for him change due to Burn's soul now being in Charlie's body. Before, Charlie was always being pushed around by the bullies in his fraternity, and he had no confidence with girls. Now, Burns in Charlie's body, he stands up to those bullies, makes a jerk of a teacher look bad in front of the whole class by outsmarting him and being a wise ass about it. He now, with confidence, improved his track abilities. And he now, with confidence, was able to attract and win the girl he couldn't get when Charlie was Charlie. I also liked the scene when Burns/Charlie throws a roaring 20s style party, but some of that is cause I'm a big fan of movies from the 20s, 30s, 40s, and early 50s. It being an 80s movie though, I am a tad bit curious how a bunch of 80s kids were automatically able to jump into a 20s style party like that, right away knowing all the dance moves and styles from that era.

The one thing that bothered me a bit more in this film is how the other half, Charlie in Burn's body, was basically unconscious through most of the movie, since the souls were swapped, and Burn's body was in a coma from the car crash. But I guess it did give us more time to explore the different experiences Burns was having in Charlie's body. Still a good movie.


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