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Vice Versa (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 11 March 1988 (USA)
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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Brian Gilbert
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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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The comedy about not acting your age. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Judge Reinhold, whose first name is a nickname bestowed on him when he was a kid by his attorney-father, was able to judge the character of Marshall Seymour in Vice Versa (1988) after his very first glance at the script. As a yuppie in his prime, his character of Marshall was familiar territory. Reinhold explained: "He represents contemporary, urban, executive mania. He's neurotic, ambitious, aggressive - completely self-absorbed. He's not a nebbish, though, he's a whiz-kid, talented and outspoken". See more »

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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 »

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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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Vice Versa
Written by Mick Zane, Mark Behn and Paul Sabu
Performed by Malice
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Hilarious comedy/fantasy
20 September 2001 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

"Vice Versa" is a very funny, very sweet comedy about a father and son who switch bodies thanks in part to a mysterious Thai skull that they both just happen to be touching at the same time (not to mention making an unintentional wish that they could trade places with each other). Judge Reinhold ("Beverly Hills Cop") and Fred Savage (TV's "The Wonder Years") are dynamite in their roles as the father and son who have to get used to doing things that they're not used to doing (the father goes to school; the son goes to work, etc.). "Vice Versa" has lots of big laughs and is perfect for the entire family. The film, shot almost entirely in Chicago, also uses the Chicago locations to good effect. A hilarious film from start to finish, and it's easily the best of the body switching movies that came out in 1987/1988 ("Like Father, Like Son", "18 Again", and "Big" were the others). I still can't understand why this movie flopped at the box office in 1988. The thing that shocks me is that "Like Father, Like Son" was the worst of these movies, and it made more money than "Vice Versa". I can't figure that one out. "Vice Versa" has 100 times more laughs than "Like Father, Like Son" ever had. Sometimes I can't understand these moviegoers. And in this case, the fact that "Vice Versa" faired poorly at the box office when released in 1988 to me remains an enigma. I saw this movie in a packed movie house on it's opening weekend and everyone (including myself and a friend of mine) was laughing out loud while watching it. It's that funny of a movie.

***1/2 (out of four)


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