Reviewed byjhaggardjrVote: 9/10/10
"Vice Versa" is a very funny, very sweet comedy about a father and son whoswitch bodies thanks in part to a mysterious Thai skull that they both justhappen to be touching at the same time (not to mention making anunintentional wish that they could trade places with each other). JudgeReinhold ("Beverly Hills Cop") and Fred Savage (TV's "The Wonder Years") aredynamite in their roles as the father and son who have to get used to doingthings that they're not used to doing (the father goes to school; the songoes to work, etc.). "Vice Versa" has lots of big laughs and is perfect forthe entire family. The film, shot almost entirely in Chicago, also uses theChicago locations to good effect. A hilarious film from start to finish, andit's easily the best of the body switching movies that came out in 1987/1988("Like Father, Like Son", "18 Again", and "Big" were the others). I stillcan't understand why this movie flopped at the box office in 1988. The thingthat shocks me is that "Like Father, Like Son" was the worst of thesemovies, and it made more money than "Vice Versa". I can't figure that oneout. "Vice Versa" has 100 times more laughs than "Like Father, Like Son"ever had. Sometimes I can't understand these moviegoers. And in this case,the fact that "Vice Versa" faired poorly at the box office when released in1988 to me remains an enigma. I saw this movie in a packed movie house onit's opening weekend and everyone (including myself and a friend of mine)was laughing out loud while watching it. It's that funny of a movie.
***1/2 (out of four)
Reviewed bymazdaprobegtVote: 9/10/10
I vaguely remember enjoying this film as a child. Watching it a 2ndtime now as a middle-aged man sheds a whole new light on thisoutstanding piece of work. There are parts that I'm sure I didn't findhumorous back then that were absolutely hysterical this time around.Very subtle adult themes that went over my head now struck me as veryclever.
I'm very happy to have stumbled upon this movie again. I highlyrecommend this film, especially to those that remember viewing it backin the 80's. I've found it to be more enjoyable than Big or any of theother body swap movies of that time.
Reviewed byHache RodríguezVote: 9/10/10
I first saw this movie in the 80's. I was about seven or eight yearsold, around the same year I saw "Like Father Like son", also "Big" withTom Hanks and later on saw the two "freaky Friday Remakes" and "HotChick", Don't remember exactly if I've seen "18 again", think I have.Anyway, of all these SWAP films Vice Versa has always been my favorite,actually I consider it to be the only good swap film to the date.
But, to confirm this position I developed when I was just a Kid, I sawagain tonight, couldn't find the movie, so I decided to watch itdivided in eleven parts on youtube (Kind of a desperate act huh) and Iam SO pleased to say that I remain with the same idea: "Vice Versa issimply the best swap movie done to this date".
And really, who cares if the idea has been already made over and overagain? Remember it's never what you tell, it's how you tell it, and inthis case it is perfectly told. And damn is Savages and Reinholdsacting brilliant, really, I think Reinhold is the only actor to delivera believable portrayal of an eleven year old kid, except in one or twoscenes where he over acts, but nothing of importance honestly, andSavage well he really is flawless in this film.
P.s: On the bottom of the Swap Film list I have "Like Father, LikeSon", if there's anything worse than seeing Dudley Moore acting, isseeing him acting as a teenager... NOT believable at all, he sucks bigtime.
On returning from a buying trip abroad for the department store in which he works, Marshall finds he is in possession of a strange ornamental skull. Marshall is divorced and is looking after his son Charlie for a few days. The skull has special powers, and when Marshall and Charlie simultaneously wish they were each others age, father and son exchange bodies. Now Charlie has to go to work, and Marshall to school. Charlie also has to deal with Marshall's girlfriend. If that weren't enough a pair of smugglers are in pursuit of the skull.