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Dating the Enemy (1996)

A couple wake up one morning to find they have now switched bodies.


Megan Simpson Huberman (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Brett
Claudia Karvan ... Tash
Matt Day ... Rob
Lisa Hensley Lisa Hensley ... Laetitia
Pippa Grandison ... Colette
John Howard ... Davis
Scott Lowe Scott Lowe ... Harrison
Christopher Morsley Christopher Morsley ... Paul
Heidi Lapaine Heidi Lapaine ... Christina
Christine Anu Christine Anu ... The Singer
Arthur Dignam ... Dr. Kamins
Morna Seres Morna Seres ... Helen McMahon
William Usic William Usic ... Marx
Vanessa Stuart Vanessa Stuart ... Production Assistant
Anja Coleby ... Karen Zader


One messy science journalist (Tash) and a neat television host (Brett). Two very different people whose relationship is nose diving to get the opportunity to experience life in their partners shoes when they wake up one morning in each others bodies. Valuable lessons are learned by each as they both have to adjust to very different lives. Written by Rob <robert@bb.com.au>

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A cheeky romantic comedy. See more »


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During the party on the ferry, when Guy Pearce is busted by Claudia Karvan telling the model that he has had a job offer from New York, the boat is clearly not moving. However, in both the scenes before and after it was. See more »


Brett: [talking to Rob about the complexity of dating] Getting into a relationship with a woman these days is like...
[gives him an example]
Brett: it's like getting into a cab with a driver that doesn't speak English. I mean you tell them where you wanna go when you start off, and they nod and smile and you think they've understood. And then all of a sudden you look up, and you're driving down 'moving in' street, or 'having a baby' street, and you say 'no I never wanted to go here' and then they start yelling ...
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References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »


Only You
Written by Buck Ram
Performed by The Platters
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Yet another switching bodies movie...but a good one!
22 February 2004 | by ethereal_tbSee all my reviews

I first saw "Dating the Enemy" at a film festival 4 years ago that was showing Aussie films that had never been released in the US. I must admit, I rolled my eyes when I first heard the plot of "Dating the Enemy" but decided it was worth a look to see Guy Pearce in something else besides "Priscilla" and "L.A. Confidential" which were the only films I'd seen him in at the time.

Imagine my surprise at this films funny, clever and original way of examining the strangeness/complexity of relationships between men and women in this modern world. Yes, the plot device of how/why they switch bodies is a bit clumsy, but that can be forgiven, because once this film gets into full swing, it's a hilarious romp and the best by far "body switching" movie I've ever seen. It goes places where a Hollywood movie would never go. I think my fav scene by far is Brett as Tash having sex with his friend and finding out how BAD men can be in bed! Oh, and getting his period....!! As a woman audience member, you can't help saying, "Ah, HA!! See?!" What I also love about this movie, is that the changes that both characters go through are more convincing and realistic than in any other "body switching" movie I've seen. It is especially nice to see Tash come out of her shell after having lived Brett's life. This movie goes beyond the plot gimic in many of these ways. I wait impatiently for it to be released on VHS or DVD here in the US.

I can't go without commenting on the actors. This is the most charming and ironically NORMAL character I've ever seen Guy Pearce play, and I'd love to see him do more parts like this. Also, I instantly became a huge fan of Claudia Karvan. I selfishly wish she were in more projects that come stateside, because I'd love to see more of her. Hopefully she won't be cut out of the Star Wars movie again! :)

In short, in spite of some of the minor problems with this film, it is a wonderful film overall, and if you can overlook it's faults, you will fully enjoy it.

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19 September 1996 (Australia) See more »

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