DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Corinne Bohrer, Swoosie Kurtz, Jane Kaczmarek, David Proval, William Prince, Beverly Archer, Gloria Gifford
Written By: F. Anstey (novel), Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Directed By: Brian Gilbert
Studio: Columbia / TriStar
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There’s been a ton of movies like this including Freaky Friday, Like Father Like Son, and others. But for some reason, I always seemed to like Vice Versa out of the bunch.
Sooo, that’s how IT IS in their family?
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Vice Versa is about a workaholic father named Marshall (Judge Reinhold) who doesn’t pay attention to his son, Charlie (Fred Savage). On a business trip in some Asian country I forgot, he mistakenly gets a rare mystical artifact. When two people touch the antique/artifact/whatever, they change places. So that’s what happens to Marshall and Charlie after an argument they have. Charlie is kind of happy by this because he gets to act up all day at Marshall’s work like playing the drums at Marshall’s department store and spinning in chairs all day, and Marshall has to go to Charlie’s school and get beat up by bullies. That’s what their argument was about, that they wished they switched places. After that, they become closer and closer (i.e.. Picture to your right), because they are sharing each other’s bodies. What phases me is why they didn’t touch the thing at the same time right after it happened because anyone would know that’s what they did to get there. But then again, there wouldn’t be no great masterpiece like Vice Versa now would it? teehee.
I used to watched this movie on cable all the times. Whenever it was on, I just seemed to always watch this and Like Father and Son. Wasn’t their a George Burns movie like this as well? I believe I might have saw Vice Versa in theaters by the way haha. Ahh, 80’s movies, those were the days. This movie is kind of dated though, especially when Marshall goes to see the hair metal band Malice, which is pretty laughable. The band is so bad! Not the “bad” in like a cool way either. The movie isn’t the best thing out there, but I still laugh at parts.
And then there’s some scenes that are just plain creepy. Like at the end when the Father and Son are sitting in the room naked all quiet because they don’t want to tear their clothes and wake Charlie’s Mother. SSSuuurrreeee. More scenes that creep me out were when Marshall’s girlfriend almost made out with Charlie (Marshall in Charlie’s) body after some kind words he said. But that would have happened if Marshall (Charlie in Marshall’s body) didn’t interrupt. Pesky fathers! Another one that kind of made me scratch my head was when Charlie first starts to think of stuff to do in his new body, and he looks down and sees the size of his junk. DUDE, that’s your Dad’s junk!! That’s just gross but I guess he would have to see it eventually when he takes a whiz. Another funny scene to watch is when Fred Savage drives a police cycle at the end of the movie and the stunt driver is obviously taller than Fred Savage is and it’s just hysterical to watch. It’s just so obvious.
Like I said before, I watched this a lot when I was younger so it was cool to see this again. Even though it’s a bit outdated, and this concept has been done to death, I still enjoyed watching this movie even though it’s not that great.
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: when Charlie in Marshall’s body goes to Charlie’s school and picks on the bullies was funny.
Rating: Rated PG
Running Time: 99 minutes