Vice Versa (1988)

“[to his ice-hockey team] Can someone tell me what’s going on here? Am I in the wrong place, or are these the auditions for the Ice Capades? In the locker room, in the classroom, you guys may be buddies. Out here, all I want to see is hate!  ” – Hockey Coach

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A father and son with a strained relationship are  cursed by an ancient piece of pottery that causes them to switch bodies.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never had much of a desire to see what it was all about.

Both Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage are fun in this film because they each get to play dual roles yet things do get a bit too crazy and out of hand along the way and it drags the story down too far.

The plot of the movie is one that has been used far too often an they don’t manage to find a way to make their idea stand out among the rest.

Unfortunately for the makers of this movie, a few other body swapping films came out around the same time and really overloaded the cinemas with this genre.

Big (1988) is by far the best among them and overshadows the rest by miles.

They miss some great opportunities along the way for some great gags, but due to the fact that they keep things far too child friendly and tame, they never go in those directions.

The film’s two criminals are bumbling idiots and unfortunately only appear as comic relief instead of something more serious or sinister.

Bottom Line – Reinhold and Savage are both fun in these roles, but things get a bit out of hand along the way that things become a bit too strained. The overall plot fails to be original and the fact that this film came out at the same time as a few other body switching comedies also isn’t helpful at all. The film misses a few great opportunities along the way because they try too hard to keep things child friendly.  The two criminals in the film are bumbling idiots and are only there for comic relief which is unfortunate.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Judge Reinhold attributed this film, which was a box office flop, as being the decline of his career. Combined with a reputation for being difficult to work with, Reinhold said “That’s when the phone stopped ringing.” He moved out of Los Angeles to a small town near Santa Fe, New Mexico to regroup his life. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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