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Switching Channels (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 March 1988 (USA)
A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story.

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Sully is the producer of a cable news network program. Christy is his ex-wife and best reporter. Her desire to quit the news business and marry Blaine, a sporting goods manufacturer comes as an innocent man is about to be executed. Sully's attempts to keep her in town and break up her upcoming marriage happen against the backdrop of a botched execution, a prison break and a possible pardon. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Tonight's News. Romance. Scandal. Intrigue. And that's just behind the camera!

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4 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,129,999 (USA)
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Joe Silver's last film. See more »

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Several times during the movie, the name of the network that Christina and Sully work for is mentioned. Sometimes it's Satellite Network News, other times it's Satellite News Network. See more »

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Blaine Bingham: So, you're what a network news man looks like.
John L. Sullivan IV: And you sell jock straps!
Blaine Bingham: 25 million last year alone. You know if I'd invented that little baby, I'd be a rich man today.
John L. Sullivan IV: I thought you were a rich man. Aren't you a multi-millionaire?
Blaine Bingham: Depends on what you mean by multi.
John L. Sullivan IV: Multi usually means more than one!
Christy Colleran: Blaine, sweetheart, we don't have to dicuss our finances with him.
John L. Sullivan IV: Our?
Christy Colleran: Our.
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When it's hot, it sizzles
7 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's obvious from the get-go that SWITCHING CHANNELS is a HIS GIRL Friday remake for the '80s (can't escape it, it's beat-for-beat), but the magic of this movie's opening, say, 30 minutes is that the performances of the three stars draw you right in and make you forget the other movie. Kathleen Turner throws herself right into comic absurdity as a cracking- yup news anchor, and Christopher Reeve is one he'll of a vain buffoon. He does it so well. But Burt Reynolds lights up as he stomps around the newsroom, and his back-and-forth patter with Turner is genuinely funny. He even plays the good ol' boy charm to the hilt with a mischievous twinkle on his eye. It's beautiful stuff, I've never seen something like that from him.

But the movie sadly does not maintain this terrific sense of humor, even s the cast is tripping over themselves in the name of screwball mayhem. It's not bad, just that the second half never rises above amusing.

6/10


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