18 Again! (1988)


“I don’t want to hit a lady, Horton, but I wouldn’t mind hitting her.” – David Watson

Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Theater, Cable in the 80s and 29 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – On his 81st birthday, a successful businessman wishes that he could be 18 again and circumstances have him and his 18 year old grandson switch bodies.

My Take on it – This is a movie that ן recall seeing in the theater as a kid and despite their being other similarly themed films out at the time, it was fun to watch.

Upon rewatching it now, the added aspect to this film that helps make it work so well is the presence of George Burns as one of the main characters.

His wit and style is perfect in this film whether we see him physically or just his voice and he is able to steal every scene that he appears (or is heard) in.

The story itself may not be so original as one might wish for, but they do add a few nice twists to things along the way that helps make it more enjoyable to watch unfold.

The scenes that take place in college are also ones that feel as if they are typical of how college bullies act and that also hurts things a bit.

Charlie Schlatter does a nice job imitating Burns’ motions and dialect and that actually helps make it seem more believable that they switched places.

The story is far too predictable and that also drags it down a bit.

Loved seeing Red Buttons and Jennifer Runyon in small yet significant roles.

Bottom Line – Fun film where Burns truly steals every scene he is in both physically or just verbally. The story isn’t a very original one, but they add a few nice twists to things that helps make it more enjoyable. The college scenes also utilize typical scenes featured in movies which doesn’t help make things more fun to watch. Schlatter does a nice Burns imitation in a few scenes that helps make us believe that there really was a body swap. This are a bit too predictable for their own good. Loved seeing Buttons and Runyon in small yet significant roles.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In George Burns’ last starring role, he played an eighty-one-year-old when he was ninety-one. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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