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Vice Versa (1988)

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.

Director:

Brian Gilbert

Writers:

Thomas Anstey Guthrie (novel) (as F. Anstey), Dick Clement | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Marshall
Fred Savage ... Charlie
Corinne Bohrer ... Sam
Swoosie Kurtz ... Tina
Jane Kaczmarek ... Robyn
David Proval ... Turk
William Prince ... Avery
Gloria Gifford ... Marcie
Beverly Archer Beverly Archer ... Mrs. Luttrell
Harry S. Murphy ... Larry (as Harry Murphy)
Kevin O'Rourke ... Brad
Richard Kind ... Floyd
Charles Lucia ... Cliff (as Chip Lucia)
Ajay Naidu ... Dale
Raymond Rosario Raymond Rosario ... Dooley
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The comedy about not acting your age. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vice Versa See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,050,779, 13 March 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,664,060
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has been released on DVD in a double-feature with the same parent studio's other age swap / body switch movie of the period Like Father Like Son (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Sam is about to kiss Marshall in Charlie's body, Charlie in Marshall's body quickly comes in , then Sam kisses Marshall in the forehead and leaves a big horizontal mark, then when she says "Goodnight my favorite men", the camera comes back to Marshall and he has a little inclined kiss mark, instead of a big horizontal one. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: [relaying a message to Marshall, who in turn is in a meeting] ... and we've been offered very favorable interest rates from Hong Kong.
Marshall: [apparently having misheard what Charlie said] We've been offered very favorable interest rates from King Kong.
Charlie: *Hong* Kong!
Marshall: I mean *Hong* Kong.
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Soundtracks

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 leads can't elevate poor script...
24 September 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Precious, predictable comedy has overworked father Judge Reinhold and pre-teen son Fred Savage switching personalities after getting hold of one of those movie-formula ancient mystical artifacts. Hoary premise plays like just another "Freaky Friday" retread, however it gives Reinhold the opportunity to really cut loose, and he has fun (although his overacting is shameless). Savage, then-star of TV's "The Wonder Years", fares even better, doing his wiser-than-his-age shtick with letter-perfect ease (he's a natural). There are some laughs, although the whole thing bottoms out in the final stretch with a ridiculous car-chase. Smart viewers will have bailed out by then. *1/2 from ****


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