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.

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On returning from a buying trip abroad for the department store in which he works, Marshall finds he is in possession of a strange ornamental skull. Marshall is divorced and is looking after his son Charlie for a few days. The skull has special powers, and when Marshall and Charlie simultaneously wish they were each others age, father and son exchange bodies. Now Charlie has to go to work, and Marshall to school. Charlie also has to deal with Marshall's girlfriend. If that weren't enough a pair of smugglers are in pursuit of the skull. Written by Rob Hartill

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The greater difficulty for Judge Reinhold in taking on the challenge of Vice Versa (1988), was to portray eleven year-old Charlie, and for that he needed a refresher course on what it's like to be an eleven year-old kid. His co-star, Fred Savage, proved to be the best teacher he could have asked for. Reinhold said: "I wanted to try to portray a kid of exactly this age, and Fred helped me a lot in that respect. He showed me what's important for kids. The basic concerns are the same as they were when I was growing up, but they have a lot more of a hi-tech sensibility." To get in the right frame of mind, he would walk around schools and try to remember what it was like to be a child. Reinhold added: "Kids never give conflicting signals. If they don't like you, you can tell right away. They don't cover it up. Also, they have such a freshness about them, an energy and a very clear attitude - everything's either really great or it's a drag. They're demonstrative". See more »

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When Marshall is in his taxi, going to his building, you can see the boom mic reflected on the window of the taxi when he opens the car door. See more »

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Charlie: [relaying a message to Marshall, who in turn is in a meeting] ... and we've been offered very favorable interest rates from Hong Kong.
Marshall: [apparently having misheard what Charlie said] We've been offered very favorable interest rates from King Kong.
Charlie: *Hong* Kong!
Marshall: I mean *Hong* Kong.
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Vice Versa
Written by Mick Zane, Mark Behn and Paul Sabu
Performed by Malice
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Party till you puke!
7 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Separated from his wife and son, Charlie, Marshall Seymour has made himself into successful buyer for a big chain department store. Unfortunately his workaholic ethic leaves little time for him to spend with Charlie. When Charlie comes to stay with Marshall for a break, the pair row and wish they were in each others shoes. A wish that comes true on account of a mystical skull that Marshall mistakenly brought back from his last buying trip.

You got to ask yourself one thing if you are interested in watching Vice Versa for the first time; "are you tired of body swap movies" If the answer is yes then this really isn't the film for you. The fourth adaptation of F. Anstey's novel, Vice Versa is funny, pleasant and not suffering by way of trying to be clever with the format. And rest assured that in spite of its pretty low internet rating, it has a bit more to offer than the likes of The Hot Chick. But it is rigid to the formula of such films, so expecting anything fresh will prove to be a futile exercise. Judge Reinhold & Fred Savage play father and son respectively and both do considerably well with the material to hand. With both proving to have a nice line in comic timing. Sure it's not genre defining or exceptionally hard, but the tidy writing throws up amusing scenarios that both of them utilise to the maximum. Winning scenes come by way of the school and the workplace of the respective individuals, while the involvement of the ex-wife/mother and Sam {Corinne Bohrer} the girlfriend create some nice light hearted touches.

Entertaining fluff for the undemanding viewer. 6/10

Footnote: UK viewers should note that the TV showings of Vice Versa contain many annoying cuts that dull the impact of some scenes. Moderate swearing and obscene finger gestures are the most telling cuts. So if one is interested in catching it, be advised that a pre watershed showing will not be of full comedic value.


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