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18 Again! (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  8 April 1988 (USA)
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Jack Watson is celebrating his 81st birthday. He is a charismatic, successful patriarch who still enjoys life. He makes a wish that he could be 18 again. Later he is living it up with his ... See full summary »

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Jack Watson is celebrating his 81st birthday. He is a charismatic, successful patriarch who still enjoys life. He makes a wish that he could be 18 again. Later he is living it up with his grandson, when the car they are driving in crashes, and their souls are switched. After the crash, 18 year old David Watson's body, with 81 year old Jack's mind (George Burns voice), is fine, but Jack's body is in a coma, presumably with David's mind trapped there. Walking in David's shoes, Jack discovers that David is really interested in art and not the family business. He meets David's friends and they go out in the middle of the night to paint murals. He also transforms David's performance on the track, where in the long distance events, David has been a laughing stock, now he becomes a contender to beat the #1 favorite jock on the team. After various hijinks, David's parents show up to tell him they have decided to take grandpa Jack off of life support. David (really Jack), rushes to the ... Written by Gdeangel

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George Burns is Jack Watson. He always wanted to be [18 Again!] - He got his wish. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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8 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Eighteen Again!  »

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One of five body-swap movies all released around the same time. The others were Big (1988), Vice Versa (1988), Like Father Like Son (1987), and Dream a Little Dream (1989). 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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fun enough, but has some flaws
1 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My biggest issue with this one is why didn't the kid have more questions when he "came back" at the end?? If you think about it, everything would have made no sense to him at all.

Aside from that, this is an enjoyable movie, albeit a flawed one. Charlie Schlatter had a lot of fun with the role, and I warmed up to it (at first he struck me as rather annoying). The movie mostly revolves around his performance as a re-young George Burns, and he does a pretty good job with that.

I really liked the Anita Morris character; it was a rather unsympathetic role but she got into it and that made it worth watching.

Jennifer Runyon is a trifle nondescript here; she doesn't get to do a whole lot other than smile and look pretty -- which she does well. She got a fair amount of lines, but there wasn't much interesting about them.

Don't expect greatness here, just some silly fun, and you'll enjoy it.


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