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A Saintly Switch 

Although this is a high-concept comedy, the basic theme deals with very important and timely issues, a family in trouble, sex roles in modern society and the frustration and ... See full summary »

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Peter Bogdanovich
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vivica A. Fox ... Sara Anderson
David Alan Grier ... Dan Anderson
Al Waxman ... Coach Beasily
Scott Cumberbatch Scott Cumberbatch ... Clarke (as Scott Owen Cumberbatch)
Shadia Simmons ... Annette Anderson
David Keeley ... Otis
Rue McClanahan ... Aunt Fanny
Frank Welker ... Voltaire (voice)
Louise Stratten ... Kimberly (as Louise Straten)
Mark Lutz ... Morton Wagner
Jeffrey Knight ... Howard
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Coach Barker
John Boylan John Boylan ... Principal Wilby
Joe Sabatino ... Davenport
Alex Campbell Alex Campbell ... Billy
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Although this is a high-concept comedy, the basic theme deals with very important and timely issues, a family in trouble, sex roles in modern society and the frustration and misunderstandings between men and women. The story is about a married couple (he is an aging NFL quarterback at the end of his career) with children on the verge of divorce. Their imminent divorce, like many, is due to their mutual lack of respect and compassion for each other and the effect it has on their children. When the family makes a traumatic move to New Orleans they move into an old, Victorian home. There, in the attic, the children think they have found the "magic" to solve their parent's problems. The children accidentally manage to switch the souls of their parents. Now the wife must face the perils of the lockeroom and pressures as family breadwinner and the husband must face pregnancy and bond with his children. Newfound respect and appreciation is gained as the couple finally find out what it's like... Written by Sally Hampton <SallyH499@aol.com>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In Your Shoes See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Vivica A. Fox got this role shortly after "Why do fools fall in love" was released. "Why do fools fall in love was released on August 28, 1998. "A saintly switch" was released January 24, 1999. See more »

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Kind Of Like An Oreo Cookie
10 August 2002 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

What I mean by that is simple. The only really good part of the Oreo cookie is the middle; the only really good part of this movie is the middle. The beginning and ending are typical Disney silliness - not that that's necessarily bad. At least it presents a movie that the whole family can watch and enjoy.

David Alan Grier plays Dan Armstrong - a pro quarterback cut by the Washington Redskins who catches on with the New Orleans Saints and has to move his family (daughter and son and very unhappy wife) to pursue his new opportunity. Dan and his wife Sara (Vivica A. Fox) fight a lot, which bothers the kids, who find a way to cast a magic spell to help them get along. As I say, typical Disney.

It gets better, though. The spell results in Dan and Sara switching bodies, which leads to some truly funny moments - especially seeing Sara in Dan's body at training camp, crying as he's sacked ("he jumped on me for no reason") and teaching his teammates the feminine virtues of love and compassion. Dan in Sara's body is equally funny, trying to teach some art history at the local school except that unlike his wife, he knows nothing about art history. The middle is really quite funny and yet serious at the same time. Dan and Sara learn to appreciate each other and how much effort they have to put in to what they do. Dan becomes a better dad who spends more time with his kids, and Sara becomes a big football fan who understands the pressures Dan has to put up with. Of course, they become closer than ever, in the typically Disney happy ending.

So, treat it like an Oreo. Just because only the middle's worth anything doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable.

6/10


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