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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beverly Archer ...
Mrs. Luttrell
Larry (as Harry Murphy)
Charles Lucia ...
Cliff (as Chip Lucia)
Raymond Rosario ...


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 Comedy For The Kid In All Of Us. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vice Versa  »

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$13,664,060 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Production began on 2nd March 1987 and 95% of the film was shot in the Windy City [Chicago, Illinois]. Director Brian Gilbert literally blanketed the metropolis with his cameras. For example, the department store in the story, Vigar and Avery, was actually a combination of four different stores. The exterior was filmed outside of Marshall Fields on State Street. The downstairs level was shot inside of Marshall Field's Water Tower store, the executive offices were filmed in the former corporate headquarters of Montgomery Ward, and the other levels of the department store were the Park Lane Shopping center in suburban Oak Park. See more »


When Marshall goes through the revolving door into the office building, the sound level from the instruments of the carol players outside remains the same. It doesn't fade until after conversations begin. See more »


Charlie: "For Charlie, love Malice, party 'till you puke."
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Version of Vice Versa (1937) See more »


Crazy in the Night
Written by Mick Zane, Mark Behn and James Neal
Produced by Stacey Heydon
Performed by Malice
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Good-natured body swap comedy
7 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

VICE VERSA is basically a gender variation on the 1970s film FREAKY Friday, in which Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage play a bickering father and son whose roles are reversed thanks to a magical Thai artefact. I have to say that I always love the tinges of the supernatural in these family movies from the era; the writer goes out of his way to set up the story with the early scenes set in Thailand itself and featuring veteran actor James Hong in a typically creepy performance.

What follows soon turns into your usual 1980s-era comedy with much in common with the Tom Hanks movie BIG. It's also on the same level as that film, although it lacks a big and memorable set-piece like the Hanks/Loggia dance-off and the sight of Reinhold playing the drums doesn't really cut it. I'm always wary of these films as occasionally they become overly sentimental but I can report that VICE VERSA walks a fine line without ever crossing it. Fred Savage is excellent in a star-making turn (I used to love watching him in THE WONDER YEARS) and the underrated Reinhold holds his own against the greats of the decade. It's a fun and light movie, nothing more, but it holds your attention throughout.

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