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Switch (1991)

R | | Comedy, Fantasy | 10 May 1991 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Blake Edwards' Switch  »

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$15,545,943
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Emma Walton, who plays the fur protester is Blake Edwards' stepdaughter. She is the daughter of Julie Andrews, the director's wife, from her first marriage to Oscar winning costume designer Tony Walton. See more »

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When Margo fires her revolver at Steve, there are no rounds loaded in the gun. See more »

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Amanda Brooks: I'm Steve's sister.
Dream Girl: He never told me he had a sister.
Amanda Brooks: I'm his half-sister.
Dream Girl: He never told me he had half of a sister.
Amanda Brooks: We're looking for Steve, we don't know where he went. He said he was gonna chuck it all, like Gauguin.
Dream Girl: Who?
Walter Stone: Gauguin. He's an artist who went to Tahiti.
Dream Girl: I thought you said you didn't know where he went.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) See more »

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Are You Listenin' Lucky!
Written, Produced and Performed by Joe Ely
Published by CRGI Music Inc./Eiffel Tower Music (BMI)
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Great acting by Ellen Barkin
7 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Advertising exec. Steve Brooks, a sexist male chauvinist pig, is invited to a party by a lady friend who suggestively tells him the only other guests will be two other women who he is fond of. The party gets sexy when the four get into a hot tub, but together they bind and murder him. God and the Devil aren't sure where his soul belongs, so they tell him that he will be allowed to return to life for a limited time in order for him to find one woman who likes him. If he doesn't find at least one, he will go to Hell. In order that he can't just use his ability to charm women to find one that doesn't know him, they bring him back as a woman. She retains his memory and chooses to call herself Amanda Brooks.

Ellen Barkin has a remarkable performance as a womanizer in a woman's body. There is a vast difference in personalities between Barkin's Amanda/Steve and Julie Andrews' Victor/Victoria.

Lorraine Bracco also is great in her quiet understated role as major cosmetics client Sheila Faxton.

In addition to watching some great performances, the movie has some pretty funny bits, although some got repetitive. In particular, I thought the the bit about Amanda stumbling when wearing high heels was repeated too often. Regarding the stiletto heels, why would Amanda continue to choose the highest of stiletto heels? Also, while obviously gorgeous, I don't think then 37-year old Ellen Barkin looked as strikingly sexy as Amanda as the male characters (and Amanda herself) thought she did. She didn't seem as hot as the younger actresses who planned Steve's murder.

The resolution at the ending also was somewhat disappointing to me.


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