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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
The picture had the rare distinction of being one of the few motion pictures in which the same film crew shot in three different American states on the same day. That occurred when the company boarded an Amtrak train in downtown Chicago. They began shooting interior scenes as the train moved through rural Illinois; continued as the train proceeded to Michigan city, Indiana, and then finally they called it a wrap as the train approached Niles, Michigan. See more »
When the two crooks get "switched" on the train. It cuts to an exterior showing a train with only 1 engine (F40PH), but when they boarded the train, the power consist was 2 engines (back to back F40PH's), and when the train stops at the station, it again has 2 engines. See more »
[Marshall was playing drums in the music department]
What's going on? This is Vigar and Avery, not a nightclub!
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VICE VERSA is basically a gender variation on the 1970s film FREAKY Friday, in which Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage play a bickering father and son whose roles are reversed thanks to a magical Thai artefact. I have to say that I always love the tinges of the supernatural in these family movies from the era; the writer goes out of his way to set up the story with the early scenes set in Thailand itself and featuring veteran actor James Hong in a typically creepy performance.
What follows soon turns into your usual 1980s-era comedy with much in common with the Tom Hanks movie BIG. It's also on the same level as that film, although it lacks a big and memorable set-piece like the Hanks/Loggia dance-off and the sight of Reinhold playing the drums doesn't really cut it. I'm always wary of these films as occasionally they become overly sentimental but I can report that VICE VERSA walks a fine line without ever crossing it. Fred Savage is excellent in a star-making turn (I used to love watching him in THE WONDER YEARS) and the underrated Reinhold holds his own against the greats of the decade. It's a fun and light movie, nothing more, but it holds your attention throughout.
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