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.
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
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 »
As the police in the car start to chase Charlie and Marshall on their own police bike, the driver pulls up the CB mic twice to call in for backup. See more »
[to his ice-hockey team]
Can someone tell me what's going on here? Am I in the wrong place, or are these the auditions for the Ice Capades? In the locker room, in the classroom, you guys may be buddies. Out here, all I want to see is hate!
[to one of this teammates, about that coach]
The city pays this man to shape young minds?
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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 that time.
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