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Watched this to remember Burt. It's the first time I've seen this. It's worth a watch as its theme of the press as a champion of freedom and democracy is presciently timely now. Burt's still sticking it to the Man.
Apparently a remake of two films - The Front Page and His Girl Friday. In this one we have a female news anchor/reporter in a love triangle with a new well-to-do suitor and her ex, who is also her boss. A bit too much screwball comedy for my taste.
"Switching Channels" is a surprisingly enjoyable '80s comedy, boasting an uproariously funny performance from Burt Reynolds (you gotta love that guy), great lines and sequences and a steady pace that never lets down until the end. The laughs are there, the gags are there, the action is there too. It's obviously strong original material paired with a suitable directorial approach.
Grows on you,,,,not for long but nice little remake.
Rubbish remake of His Girl Friday featuring possibly Christopher Reeve's worst performance. Burt Reynolds does his usual. The only saving grace is Kathleen Turner.
Could watch over and over. Never would have expected Burt Reynolds to fill Cary Grant's shoes so well! Fast paced, funny and full of slapstick, screwball comedy!
Cheesy. Funny. However, becomes a very different movie half way through.
A contemporary retelling of His Girl Friday and The Front Page, starring Burt Reynolds (Heat, Stick, Rent-A-Cop), Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone, War of the Roses, V.I. Warshawski) and the late Christopher Reeves (struggling to escape the shadow cast on his career by Superman I-IV). Supplanting a newspaper for a news channel, Reynolds is the broadcaster trying to romance his ex-wife while keeping her on a top news story while she is leaving for a new job and a new life with her fiance (Reeves). Reynolds cheeky charm and Turners tough but vulnerable persona see them through the mildly entertaining slapstick that ensues.
These 3 are no Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Walter Matthau or Jack Lemmon Hell they are not even Adolphe Menjou or Pat O'Brien and Ted Kotcheff is no Howard Hawks or Billy Wilder. Ned Beatty is probably the only saving grace in this movie.
"Switching Channels" is the eight filmed version of the stage play "The Front Line", updated for modern audiences with mixed results. It takes some liberties with the original story, updating the newspaper setting to a 24 hour TV news channel and makes the crime at the center of the story a drug-related killing, but there's a lot of the same characteristics that remain.
It gets a lot of mileage out of jokes about the state of reporting, and there's a lot of slapstick comedy involving the love triangle between the three primary actors. Unfortunately, that comedy only works in spurts and the lightweight tone of the picture is all but crushed by the heavy-handed direction. Ted Kotcheff is more known for his action and dramatic films and he seems unsure of how to handle this material effectively. It's a lot less fun for the audience than it apparently was for the actors.
Kathleen Turner is radiant in the lead role, and it's nice to see Burt Reynolds return to comedy after a string of box office flops in the action genre. He has a real flair for this type of film, and he gets the few big laughs here thanks to some clever writing. It's fun watching him sabotage Turner's new relationship, but regrettably in the second half, the death row inmate story takes center stage and it just isn't worth following. The film has some legitimate and pointed arguments against television news, and it beats them like a dead horse.
All of the promise early on is sucked out of "Switching Channels", and it grows more tedious with each passing minute. The game cast is let down by the oppressive direction.