A divorced executive named Marshall and his 11-year-old son, Charlie, casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers Marshall's mind to Charlie's body and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.
Upon returning from a buying trip abroad for the department store he works at, a divorced executive named Marshall finds he is in possession of a strange ornamental skull. He is looking after his 11-year-old son, Charlie, for a few days. The skull has special powers, and when Marshall and Charlie simultaneously wish they were each other's age, they switch bodies. Now Charlie has to go to work, and Marshall has go to school. Charlie also has to deal with Marshall's girlfriend, Sam. If that wasn't enough a pair of smugglers are in pursuit of the skull.Written by
Third theatrical feature film version of Thomas Anstey Guthrie's "Vice Versa (1882) novel. The first two versions were the British silent fantasy film Vice Versa (1916) and the British comedy film Vice Versa (1948). This Vice Versa (1988) movie is the first American version and like the earlier pictures is also a comedy. See more »
As the police in the car start to chase Charlie and Marshall on their own police bike, the driver pulls up the CB mic twice to call in for backup. See more »
"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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