Vice Versa (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Vice Versa (1988)




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A magical jeweled skull makes the wish of 11-year-old Charlie (Fred Savage) come true in this routine but entertaining situation comedy. Charlie wishes he can switch places with his father Marshall (Judge Reinhold), a shallow junior executive of a toy-manufacturing company. Marshall retains his adult form but has the mind of an 11 year old. Charlie still looks 11 but has all the cynical wisdom and experience of his father. The switch provides for many amusing episodes, as father and son try to cope in each other's worlds. Marshall (as Charlie) goes to school while Charlie (as Marshall) tackles the pressures of the corporate boardroom. The performances of Reinhold and Savage are the highlights of this amusing comedy.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2004
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Judge Reinhold
as Marshall Seymour/Cha...
Fred Savage
as Charlie Seymour/Mars...
Swoosie Kurtz
as Tina Brooks
Jane Kaczmarek
as Robyn Seymour
William Prince
as Stratford Avery
Beverly Archer
as Mrs. Luttrell
Surasri Klangsuwan
as Tomb Robber
Anuwat Tiernate
as Tomb Robber
Elya Baskin
as Kerschner
Jane Lynch
as Ms. Lindstrom
Penjit Prembudd
as Interpreter
Ram Waratum
as Government Spokesman
Tuantone Kammesri
as Man in Warehouse
Joe Guastaferro
as Mr. Ferriera
Martyn S. David
as Rich Customer
Peggy Roeder
as Principal's Secretar...
Robert Bundy
as Music Salesman
Jeff Kahn
as Music Kid
P.J. Brown
as Hockey Coach
Robert Petkoff
as Sporting Goods Sales...
Alan Shearman
as Security Salesman
Michelle Philpot
as Cosmetic Salesgirl
Mike Bacarella
as Limo Driver
Bettina Wendt
as Baby-sitter
Bernie Landis
as Santa Claus
Ralph Foody
as Doorman
Danny Goldring
as Motorcycle Cop
Rick Hall
as Shotgun Cop
Garrett Hohimer
as Kid Playing Football
Steve Cohen
as Burly Kid
Dayna O'Brien
as Receptionist
Albert Fields
as Band Singer
John T. Stibich
as Police Commander
Stella Vaicik
as Cafeteria Worker
Garrick Paul Axelrod
as Window Dresser
Darlene Anderson
as Salesperson
Linda Jaffe
as Salesperson
Cindy Legler
as Salesperson
Kathleen B. Scott
as Salesperson
Mark Behn
as Malice
James Neal
as Malice
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Critic Reviews for Vice Versa

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Sweet dad-son switcheroo has booze, cursing.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Vice Versa


Strange to think this little forgotten 80's comedy is actually an adaptation of a late 18th Century novel. Hardly the kind of thing you'd expect to see Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage in. This overlooked flick came out a few months before 'Big' but failed to do as well unsurprisingly.

One high flying business man and neglectful father swaps places with his very small bullied son. From there on the little boy must try and hold his fathers job together while the dad must battle the daily grind of school. At the same time a couple of baddies are also after the precious object that causes all the commotion. Its easy to grasp, predictable and cheesy but its a fun little jaunt.

It always bothered me that they went to the trouble of having both characters actually change shape, shrink n grow, to make you believe that each of them transformed into the other. Wouldn't it have been easier just for them to swaps minds? why did they have to virtually mutate into each others body shape?. You don't see that of course, its only implied by camera angles and the simple raising and lowering of the floor beneath them, but it just seemed pointless to me.

The other thing I could never work out was this department store in Chicago. Obviously its suppose to be a very prestigious store for wealthy buyers but would it really have such lavish office levels above the store?. I don't know maybe in the US this is how big stores work, maybe here in the UK too in say...Harrods, but it felt so odd. All these snivelling ass kissing suits following the big director around their plush offices, the whole entourage of hierarchy that seems to run the store like the third Reich putting the fear of God into the employees. It is of course so very 80's with the power suits, an all white pompous set of staff and stereotypical male chauvinistic behaviour (bit like 'Trading Places'), but I did like that angle, its so damn retro.

This is one of those comedies that is suppose to be for kids but its actually quite grown up really, a perfect 80's comedy then. Many scenes contain Savage swearing, drinking and talking to adults as if he was one himself. That is the whole point sure but you know in this day and age it would be so watered down and childish, this is a touch edgy at times and its brilliant. Gotta be honest this is probably Savage's best major film too, he really does perform well as an adult I must say, Reinhold also kills it as a big child (he's perfectly cast with his looks), both have lots of cute little moments which will make you laugh.

You can see the how the finale will unfold a mile off but its still good goofy fun as the two bad guys get their obvious comeuppance. Its not a 'Pink Panther' type of tomfoolery don't worry, its a very tolerable silliness that is somewhat believable, there are no real big stunts or action sequences in this. I loved the performances from everyone in this, quick nod to the trio of brown nosing office boy yes men who all came across as 'Waldorf and Statler-like' live action Muppets, Richard Kind being one. Totally underrated in this reviewers opinion and well worth the watch if you enjoy really dated 80's flicks, good Xmas time flick too.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Yes, I know it's the whole Freaky Friday story once again, but this version has two of my favourite actors of the 80s: Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage. It's very 80s and very fun, so I enjoy watching it, even though it's not that great.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

the best one out of the bodie switching moives of the 80's

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

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