PROMOTION: When Two Became One: A History Of Body Swap Movies

Body Swap

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Ever wanted to wake up in someone else’s body? Hollywood has long had a strange obsession with the body swap genre: the fantasy concept of a person waking up in another person’s body. If you have a pal whose body you’d like to swap – or, more realistically, just go to the movies with – as a MEERKAT MOVIES member you and your friend can enjoy 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for a whole year, when you buy insurance or switch energy through

Turnabout (1940)

Body Swap

The swappers: Bickering wealthy couple Tim and Sally Willows (John Hubbard and Carole Landis).

The method: A golden Indian idol grants theirs casually-offered wishes.

The lessons learned: Not to take riches for granted, plus some slightly outdated lessons on gender roles.

Hilarious misunderstanding: When the couple swap back, Tim finds himself pregnant, not Sally. Whoops!

Freaky Friday (1976)

The swappers: Ellen Andrews (Barbara Harris) and her daughter Annabel (Jodie Foster).

The method: They both wish the exact same wish, simultaneously. Funny, that.

The lessons learned: A newfound respect for one another.

Hilarious misunderstanding: Ellen returns to her own body while waterskiing, leaving her flailing in the water!

Big (1988)

Body Swap

The swappers: 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) overnight changes into a 30-year-old version of himself, now played by Tom Hanks.

The method: Josh makes a wish to an arcade fortune teller machine.

The lessons learned: The trials and tribulations of adulthood; how to play a giant piano.

Hilarious misunderstanding: Josh’s co-worker Susan basically embarks on a romance with a 12-year-old boy, which only gets weirder the more you think about it. Best not to think about it.

Prelude To A Kiss (1992)

The swappers: Dying, elderly man Julius (Sydney Walker) swaps with young, free-spirited graphic designer Rita (Meg Ryan).

The method: Sydney requests a kiss from Rita on her wedding day, and poor Peter Hoskins (Alec Baldwin) finds himself married to an elderly man in Meg Ryan’s body.

The lessons learned: Going beyond the physical and learning about the metaphysical; providing happiness to a grieving old man;

Hilarious misunderstanding: Bit of an awkward honeymoon!

The Hot Chick (2002)

The swappers: Career criminal Clive Maxtone (Rob Schneider) and high school cheerleader Jessica Spencer (Rachel McAdams).

The method: Magic Abyssinian earrings.

The lessons learned: For Jessica, the usual stuff about learning the more important things in life; for Clive, who continues his life of crime, not much.

Hilarious misunderstanding: Rob Schneider is hairy!

Freaky Friday (2003)

The swappers: Mother Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan), in a modern-day remake of the 1976 original.

The method: Fortune cookies, endowed with a body-switching spell.

The lessons learned: Respect for each other's romantic conquests; to always be suspicous of fortune cookies.

Hilarious misunderstanding: Tess finds herself on stage at Anna's gig. But Tess can't play guitar!

13 Going On 30 (2004)

The swappers: 13-year-old Jenna Rink swaps lives with her future 30-year old self (Jennifer Garner).

The method: “Magic wishing dust”.

The lessons learned: That she should really just fall in love with Mark Ruffalo already.

Hilarious misunderstanding: Jenna dances to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. No-one listens to that song any more!

The Change-Up (2011)

The swappers: Old pals Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds).

The method: Urinating into a fountain. Y’know, the usual method.

The lessons learned: Dave learns to chill out a bit; Mitch learns not to chill out so much.

Hilarious misunderstanding: Mitch gets stuck with an ‘I Love Dave’ tattoo!

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