Thursday, August 02, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Body Switch
For the 31st week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We focus on the idea of people switching bodies whether it’s through some kind of strange surgery or something magical as it’s often fodder for comedy or something even more fucked up. Here are my three picks:
1. Freaky Friday
A film that is now about to unleash a third remake for the Disney Channel is about to arrive yet it is clear that the upcoming film as well as the very popular 2003 film and a 1995 TV film version don’t compare to the 1976 original. Starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris is this offbeat comedy where a teenage girl and her mother say the exact words “I wish I could switch places with her for just one day” suddenly causes problems. What happens is this strange yet exhilarating comedy that is full of charm as well as provide both Foster and Harris the chance to do so much as well as play into the fears of being an adult and teenager.
2. Vice Versa
What happens when a workaholic yuppie dad touches a magical skull with his son and they suddenly switch bodies? That is pretty much the premise of the film that stars Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage as it is part of a wave of body-switching comedies that was around in the 1980s yet this is the best of the bunch. Notably as Savage plays it straight when he acts like the adult while Reinhold gets to really loosen up as there are also some very funny moments about how much of a dick Reinhold’s character is when played by Savage. The scene where the secretary of Reinhold’s character gets a call from Savage and tells a co-worker, “the little shit sounds like his father”.
3. The Hot Chick
Among the slew of films from the late 90s and early 2000s that starred Rob Schneider that essentially becomes the idea of the derp-de-derp films that often puts an actor into some kind of stupid situation and does the same shit like he did in his other films which is essentially what Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, and Tom Cruise have been doing lately with most of their films as of late. This one revolves around Schneider stealing a mysterious earring from Rachel McAdams where they both put on an earring and they switch bodies. It’s one of the better films that Schneider is in as he definitely camps it up in every way while McAdams is actually very funny in the way she acts like a dude and such. It’s silly and low-brow but it brings in the laughs.
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