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Switch (1991)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  10 May 1991 (USA)
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A sexist, chauvinist pig gets his just desserts when his angry ex-girlfriends murder him and he is reincarnated as a woman.

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Walter Stone
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Margo Brofman
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Sheila Faxton
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Arnold Freidkin
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Steve Brooks
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The Devil (as Bruce Martyn Payne)
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Liz
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Felicia
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Higgins
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Steve's Secretary
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Dan Jones
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Attorney Caldwell
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Lt. Laster
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Sgt. Phillips
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Storyline

Steve Brooks is a sexist and the prototype macho. Unfortunately one day he is killed by one of his girlfriends. In heaven, though, there is no place for men like him and he is sent back to earth in the body of a woman so that he can see how women are treated by men like the one he once was. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Steve and Walter used to have a preference for blondes. Then Steve was murdered... and came back as one. Will being a woman make him a better man?

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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10 May 1991 (USA)  »

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$15,545,943 (USA)
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Trivia

The Devil (played by Bruce Payne) makes a total of six appearances in this movie. Aside from his two speaking roles (when Steve is sent back to earth, and when he visits Amanda at 3:00 in the morning), he also makes four sneak appearances: Once as a patron at the City Grille's bar when Amanda meets Walter for lunch, once as a piano player at Sheila's party, once as a piano player (in drag) at the lesbian club, and finally as a televangelist on TV when Margo hides the murder weapon in Amanda's couch. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie Steve takes three roses from the lobby of his apartment building. The roses were open when he picked them out, but were closed buds when he handed them out to the women. See more »

Quotes

Walter Stone: Hey, you're not gay, are you?
Amanda Brooks: Hey, if I'm gay, then Clint Eastwood's a transvestite.
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So Quiet, So Still
Written by Nathalie Archangel
Performed by Nathalie Archangel
Produced by Greg Penny & Nathalie Archangel
Published by WB Music Corp./Omnipresent Halo Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Barkin turns on Switch
3 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Barkin vehicles. In fact, without her wonderful comic turns this one would sink under its constrained plot. Besides Barkin, Jimmie Smits and Lorraine Bracco (of Sopranos fame) give good supporting performances. The idea and story Blake Edwards uses is a variation on Victor/Victoria, which was good enough to be recast as a musical, but here his usually daring ideas don't quite make the grade. Nonetheless, this is one of those comedies that calls for repeated viewing, because once you've laughed at some of Barkin's comedic scenes, a second viewing will have you laughing even before the scene unfolds. Roger Ebert commented that a deeper exploration on some of the themes would have made it a timeless comedy, and I'd agree with that.But if you just want to laugh till your sides ache, I'd recommend this one for your funny bone.


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