It's a Boy Girl Thing

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Two kids with nothing in common are brought together in a very unexpected way in this comedy. Nell (Samaire Armstrong) is a pretty but hopelessly geeky teenage girl who loves Shakespeare and wants little more than to study literature at Yale when she graduates from high school in a few months Woody (Kevin Zegers), who lives next door, is the quarterback on the school's football team, and seems like a sure bet to land a lucrative football scholarship despite the fact he isn't especially bright. Nell and Woody are not at all friendly and normally have nothing to say to one another, but one day during a class field trip to a historical museum, the two fall under the spell of an Incan icon and when they awake the next morning, Woody's mind is in Nell's body, and vice versa. Neither is comfortable with their sudden gender switch or having to assume the other's personalities, but they quickly realize that until they can find a way to reverse the spell, they have to work together if Nell is to go to Yale and Woody is to get his scholarship and move away from this loutish parents (Sharon Osborne and Maury Chaykin. Elton John was an executive producer on It's A Boy Girl Thing, and songs from his back catalog appear on the soundtrack. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Kevin Zegers
as Woody Deane
Samaire Armstrong
as Neil Bedworth
Sharon Osbourne
as Della Deane
Robert Joy
as Ted Bedworth
Sherry Miller
as Katherine Bedworth
Kathryn Haggis
as Miss Bidermeyer
Maury Chaykin
as Stan Deane
Dan Warry-Smith
as Team Guy 1
Alex Nussbaum
as Mr. Zbornak
Jack Duffy
as Old Man
John Bregar
as Richard
David Ndaba
as Team Guy 2
Roman Podhora
as Coach Leary
Adrian Roberto
as Nice Penis Guy
Justin Tensen
as Smug Student
Shane Daly
as Talent Scout
Jennifer Markowitz
as Band Singer
Snow Ellen-Ray
as Principal
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Critic Reviews for It's a Boy Girl Thing

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Audience Reviews for It's a Boy Girl Thing

  • May 08, 2017
    Body swap movies are, conceptually speaking, almost as old as time itself. Hell, I just finished watching a South Korean web series on Netflix around 2 weeks ago that made use of this concept. It was called The Miracle and, honestly, it wasn't a very good show. The romance was kind of awful and the characters were poorly developed. Granted, the show had 12 episodes and none went more than 17 minutes (some even went as few as 10 which, with credits, is like 9-ish minutes), so I shouldn't have expected anything in the way of actual character development. The point is that there's so many movies about this subject. The Change-Up, The Hot Chick, Freaky Friday (both of them), 18 Again, among many, many others. It's not a new concept and it'll never be a new concept ever again. The point of this all is if you're looking for something different from the body swap genre, then this really isn't the movie for you. Then again, how many fresh angles can you find in a genre that's so limited? Having said all of that, in spite of everything and its lack of originality, this movie is perfectly decent all things considered. It was considerably better than I could have reasonably expected. The reason I chose this movie was because I wanted to watch something goofy. Something that wouldn't require much though process in order to comprehend its plot. Those movies are great too, don't get me wrong, but, as I've always argued, movies like this just need to exist. Something that's just light and silly. In all honesty, given the concept and the era that it was released in, not to mention the fact that I have no recollection of ever seeing this movie promoted on television, I wasn't expecting much. It's not like I can say that this was a pleasant surprise, because that'd imply it's good, but it's certainly better than it seems on paper. Perhaps the old 'guy switching bodies with girl in order to see how high school is from her perspective' approach is a little outdated in this day and age. 13 Reasons Why, at least to me, changed the approach on that and, quite frankly, this movie handles this touchy subject with kid gloves. And, really, there's nothing else they could have done, as they wanted to keep this movie from getting too heavy. So I get that, but it's hard not to compare the more serious approach to this one. But that's neither here nor there. This movie pretty much goes to all the places you would expect. Nell and Woody have trouble adjusting to their new bodies. Nell struggles with Woody's daily morning wood. Woody deals with having tits. It's the basic, usual stuff that you've seen before and will, very likely, see again. But, really, the movie can be entertaining in a manner that's befitting this type of movie. It's not great shakes, nor is there any deep metaphor at play here (or maybe there is). This isn't gonna be confused with a comedic, satirical masterpiece like Dr. Strangelove. But I think it gets by as an average movie simply because the performances are more than solid. Kevin Zegers, whose career just sort of went nowhere since we already have Zac Efron, was pretty good in his role here. I'd be lying if I said his performance didn't give me a few chuckles. Samaire Armstrong, I've never seen her before this movie, was actually really good in her role as well. They just had good chemistry with each other and, realistically speaking, that's all that's required in this type of movie. Well that and a good enough script to take that chemistry and craft a good movie out of it. This movie, admittedly, falls short of that. Not to mention the fact that it falls into every teen romance cliche in the world. That keeps the movie from reaching a good level, at least to me. And, realistically speaking, this is every high school movie ever made. That's not saying that it's a bad movie, which it's not, it's just that it really doesn't have its own identity. Which is sort of ironic, considering that being a teenager is all about figuring out who you are as a human being. From your personality, to your tastes, to your beliefs. This movie certainly doesn't reflect its demographic's thoughts. Don't know how I got on that tangent, it's really irrelevant in the long run. Don't have much else to say, the film is predictable and fairly cliched, but it's still a perfectly decent movie to watch if you want something that's easily digestible. Can't say I'd recommend this, but you could do far worse. You shouldn't go out of your way to watch this, it's only decent, it's not the next coming of Citizen Kane.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2012
    It's the old switcheroo theme and it's as cliche as it can get. It's actually mildly funny and the characters are likable.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2012
    Characters and dialogue were boring. flat one-dimensional stereotypes. Nothing clever or original here. Surpisingly fun anyway.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2011
    This movie was really bad. I was actually shocked when I saw it had a 63% fresh rating...but then I saw only 8 people reviewed it then I wasn't shocked anymore. The acting in this movie is so unbelievably terrible....really terrible like atrociously bad. I was like is this movie serious right now? The jokes or attempted jokes weren't funny either. They were stupid. It was all cliched shit that everyone has seen before. I actually stopped watching this movie at the 30 minute mark because it was so insanely awful. I didn't understand why Kevin Zegers and the girl hated each other so much. They live next door, Kevin Zegers is hot, I'd expect the girl to be BFFL with Zegers...at least I would if I lived next door to him. If she was friends with him then maybe she'd have a ride to school every day and not have to ride the bus. Both those kids in the movie btw do not pass for high schoolers. It was so obvious they were in their early twenties, they just looked weird being placed in a high school setting. While I'm ranting, I might as well add the fact that the pacing for this movie was way too fast. The characters are barely introduced and then they switched bodies. Like wtf. So glad I did not waste my time watching any more of this crap. I love Kevin Zegers though, but I like him much better when he doesn't star in shit films.
    Japes . Super Reviewer

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