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 about not acting your age. 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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The picture's director Brian Gilbert said of this movie: "The comedy of the film comes from the comedy of inappropriateness. It's the humor of things being in their wrong places, of justifiable and decent attitudes in the wrong context, the whole sense of perspectives turned upside down. Judge [Reinhold] and Fred [Savage] have had to think things through with quite a degree of logic and also intuition. It's been very demanding to make it real and to make it organic". See more »


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 »


Marshall: [about his ex-wife] This is the woman who I couldn't live with as a husband, and now I'm going to be her son.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »


Vice Versa
Written by Mick Zane, Mark Behn and Paul Sabu
Performed by Malice
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The only good swap film to the date
30 May 2010 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in the 80's. I was about seven or eight years old, around the same year I saw "Like Father Like son", also "Big" with Tom Hanks and later on saw the two "freaky Friday Remakes" and "Hot Chick", Don't remember exactly if I've seen "18 again", think I have. Anyway, of all these SWAP films Vice Versa has always been my favorite, actually I consider it to be the only good swap film to the date.

But, to confirm this position I developed when I was just a Kid, I saw again tonight, couldn't find the movie, so I decided to watch it divided in eleven parts on youtube (Kind of a desperate act huh) and I am SO pleased to say that I remain with the same idea: "Vice Versa is simply the best swap movie done to this date".

And really, who cares if the idea has been already made over and over again? Remember it's never what you tell, it's how you tell it, and in this case it is perfectly told. And damn is Savages and Reinholds acting brilliant, really, I think Reinhold is the only actor to deliver a believable portrayal of an eleven year old kid, except in one or two scenes where he over acts, but nothing of importance honestly, and Savage well he really is flawless in this film.

P.s: On the bottom of the Swap Film list I have "Like Father, Like Son", if there's anything worse than seeing Dudley Moore acting, is seeing him acting as a teenager... NOT believable at all, he sucks big time.

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