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Vice Versa Review

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Marshall Seymour (Reinhold) is a succesful yet insanely bored buyer for a department store. His son, Charlie (Savage), is sick of being an 11-year-old. When the pair of them simultaneously wish they were in the other's shoes, their wishes are granted via a mysterious skull that has stowed away on Marshall's latest buying trip.

★★★★★

A wish on a magic skull enables a workaholic executive and his 11-year-old son to change places in one of the many recent body-swap movies. There are some funny scenes, the best being the kid’s visit to his teacher in his father’s body. But this is a largely predictable farce that cannot compete with the man-child physical comedian that is Tom Hanks in Big. Reinhold is affable and gawky enough, but Hanks seems more convincing as a teenager trapped in an adult than most real teenagers do.

Vice Versa is not helped by it’s skull sub-plot, as a pair of vaguely-plotted smugglers follow father and son in pursuit of the trinket.

Vice Versa knows its place and, rather than attempting anything oddball, sticks close to the body swap formula in order to gain a decent smattering of laughs. No classic, but a watchable comedy that will find an audience.