5.9/10
8,693
39 user 16 critic

Vice Versa (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 11 March 1988 (USA)
During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.

Director:

Brian Gilbert
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Young love may endure in your heart and one day re-ignite, but reality may soon dowse the flames.

Director: Jack Fisk
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, Bonnie Bedelia
Deranged (1987)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A woman kills a burglar in self-defense. The experience so unnerves her she begins to imagine that everyone is trying to harm her and begins to kill anybody who comes near her.

Director: Chuck Vincent
Stars: Veronica Hart, Jerry Butler, Jennifer Delora
Cours privé (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Jeanne Kern is a history teacher in a private mixed class. Passionately provocative, she does not ignore the effect she has on men.

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre
Stars: Elizabeth Bourgine, Michel Aumont, Xavier Deluc
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young couple masters the supernatural art of astral projection which allows them to travel through dreams, explore their fantasies and make a whole lot of love. They also end up stuck in nightmares or risk dying if someone wakes them up.

Director: Max Kalmanowicz
Stars: Michael Sanville, Stephanie Shuford, Ken Charlton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A wealthy and womanizing businessman gets into trouble when he decides to give a fur coat as a birthday present to one of his two girlfriends. His clumsy chauffeur and his attractive ... See full summary »

Director: Gerardo Sofovich
Stars: Tristán, Rolo Puente, Susana Traverso
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Down on his luck, Tristán finally lands a part-time job in Mar del Plata at the peak of tourist season. The catch? He has to share bed with a beautiful woman of dubious business.

Director: Gerardo Sofovich
Stars: Tristán, Susana Traverso, Noemí Alan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A sensitive, 14 year old orphan in a military school learns about life and love from his classmates and teachers.

Director: Gérard Corbiau
Stars: Grégoire Colin, Chiara Caselli, Johan Rougeul
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A mysterious potion switches the personalities of a buttoned up doctor and his laid back son.

Director: Rod Daniel
Stars: Dudley Moore, Kirk Cameron, Margaret Colin
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

John is a NYPD maverick who's also a ninja and has black partner Spencer. He soon unravels an international conspiracy that revolves around his girlfriend Nancy and her scientist father, who's created a secret formula.

Director: Kuo-Ren Wu
Stars: Alexander Rei Lo, Eugene Thomas, Mei Lo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Kim Taylor inherits her grandfather's drive-in theatre. She must raise $25,000 over one weekend or the bank will take the property from her. She also has to deal with pesky capitalist J.B. Winston.

Directors: Fred Olen Ray, Steve Latshaw
Stars: Ashlie Rhey, Richard Gabai, Ross Hagen
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A strip-joint owner and a manicurist find that they have many things in common, the foremost being that they are psychotic serial killers. They fall in love and are happy being the family ... See full summary »

Director: Gorman Bechard
Stars: Carmine Capobianco, Patti Chambers, Carla Bragoli
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Alfredo, a timid young Italian, lusts after and woos the beautiful Maria Rosa. But when he manages to marry her, he discovers life is not nearly so blissful as he expected.

Director: Pietro Germi
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Stefania Sandrelli, Carla Gravina
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Marshall
Fred Savage ... Charlie
Corinne Bohrer ... Sam
Swoosie Kurtz ... Tina
Jane Kaczmarek ... Robyn
David Proval ... Turk
William Prince ... Avery
Gloria Gifford ... Marcie
Beverly Archer Beverly Archer ... Mrs. Luttrell
Harry S. Murphy ... Larry (as Harry Murphy)
Kevin O'Rourke ... Brad
Richard Kind ... Floyd
Charles Lucia ... Cliff (as Chip Lucia)
Ajay Naidu ... Dale
Raymond Rosario Raymond Rosario ... Dooley
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Just when he was ready for mid-life crisis, something unexpected came up. Puberty. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vice Versa See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,050,779, 13 March 1988

Gross USA:

$13,664,060
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The full name of the film's source novelist Thomas Anstey Guthrie was "Thomas Anstey Guthrie" See more »

Goofs

When Marshall pulls Charlie into the limo, you can see the camera reflected on it. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: "For Charlie, love Malice, party 'till you puke."
See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Vice Versa
Written by Mick Zane, Mark Behn and Paul Sabu
Performed by Malice
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Party till you puke!
7 January 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Separated from his wife and son, Charlie, Marshall Seymour has made himself into successful buyer for a big chain department store. Unfortunately his workaholic ethic leaves little time for him to spend with Charlie. When Charlie comes to stay with Marshall for a break, the pair row and wish they were in each others shoes. A wish that comes true on account of a mystical skull that Marshall mistakenly brought back from his last buying trip.

You got to ask yourself one thing if you are interested in watching Vice Versa for the first time; "are you tired of body swap movies" If the answer is yes then this really isn't the film for you. The fourth adaptation of F. Anstey's novel, Vice Versa is funny, pleasant and not suffering by way of trying to be clever with the format. And rest assured that in spite of its pretty low internet rating, it has a bit more to offer than the likes of The Hot Chick. But it is rigid to the formula of such films, so expecting anything fresh will prove to be a futile exercise. Judge Reinhold & Fred Savage play father and son respectively and both do considerably well with the material to hand. With both proving to have a nice line in comic timing. Sure it's not genre defining or exceptionally hard, but the tidy writing throws up amusing scenarios that both of them utilise to the maximum. Winning scenes come by way of the school and the workplace of the respective individuals, while the involvement of the ex-wife/mother and Sam {Corinne Bohrer} the girlfriend create some nice light hearted touches.

Entertaining fluff for the undemanding viewer. 6/10

Footnote: UK viewers should note that the TV showings of Vice Versa contain many annoying cuts that dull the impact of some scenes. Moderate swearing and obscene finger gestures are the most telling cuts. So if one is interested in catching it, be advised that a pre watershed showing will not be of full comedic value.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 39 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed