If there's ever been a case to be made for the unoriginality of Hollywood, all you really need to do is wait for another body-swap movie to come out. As evidenced by the release of 'The Change-Up' on Aug. 5, it doesn't matter how many times we've seen this premise, it's still a long way from being tapped out. From '18 Again!' to 'The Hot Chick,' there have been a ton of forgettable body-swap movies to come out over the years, so we thought we'd go down our list of the best movies where two complete opposites somehow switch bodies with one another and end up better off for it in the long run.
That said, go right ahead and check out our top five.
5. Vice Versa (1988)
What's it about? A workaholic dad and his neglected, pre-pubescent son magically switch bodies thanks to the powers of a mystical Chinese skull.
Who's in it? Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage and Jane Kaczmarek. Directed by Brian Gilbert, written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement.
What's the general consensus?Rotten Tomatoes gives it a Tomatometer score of 43 percent.
Why do we like it? Often confused with 'Like Father, Like Son,' and released in the same year as 'Big,' 'Vice Versa' is more of a guilty pleasure than it is a good movie. It's essentially an excuse to watch Judge Reinhold act like a kid by doing a Keanu Reeves impression for an hour and change, but since we love Judge Reinhold and still don't know why he ever fell off the face of the earth, we've always had a soft spot for 'Vice Versa.'
4. All of Me (1984)
What's it about? Thanks to the powers of a magical bowl, the soul of a dying heiress gets transferred into the right side of an attorney's body. From that point forward, the attorney controls the left side of his body, the heiress controls the right, and they work together to get her a new body.
Who's in it? Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Victoria Tennant. Directed by Carl Reiner, written by Phil Alden Robinson and Henry Olek.
What's the general consensus?Rotten Tomatoes gives it a Tomatometer score of 90 percent.
Why do we like it? As far as body-swap movies are concerned, this is actually one of the more creative ones out there, an excellent display of Martin as a physical comedian. Not much else to say, we just love Steve Martin.
3. Face/Off (1997)
What's it about? An FBI agent spends eight years chasing after the terrorist who killed his son. Eventually he catches the guy and surgically trades faces with him in order to uncover the location of a warhead in Los Angeles, but then the terrorist ends up escaping and switches faces with the FBI agent, and things get crazy.
Who's in it? John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen and Gina Gershon. Directed by John Woo, written by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary.
What's the general consensus?Rotten Tomatoes gives it a Tomatometer score of 94 percent.
Why do we like it? It's over the top, it's got more action than you can shake a stick at, and it's also one of the more original (if not completely ridiculous) body-swap premises out there. For a sub-genre that's almost always geared toward comedy, it's one hell of a trip watching John Woo take a stab at it, with Travolta and Cage getting to overact to their hearts' content.
2. Freaky Friday (2003)
What's it about? A workaholic mom and her rebellious teen daughter magically switch bodies thanks to the powers of a mystical Chinese fortune cookie.
What's the general consensus?Rotten Tomatoes gives it a Tomatometer score of 88 percent.
Why do we like it? Jamie Lee Curtis. It's one of those movies that we caught on ABC Family a couple years back because we had nothing better to do with our day, but it totally caught us by surprise thanks to a surprisingly fun script and a scene-stealing performance from Curtis that made us feel like idiots for not properly acknowledging how awesome she's always been. Completely unoriginal, but a total blast nonetheless that had us grinning from ear-to-ear straight through.
1. The Change-Up (2011)
What's it about? A workaholic family man goes out drinking one night with his slacker best friend. Later that night, they pee in a magic fountain together, and they wake up the next morning to find that they've swapped bodies.
Why do we like it? We got to see an advance screening a couple weeks back, and we kid you not that it absolutely deserves the No. 1 spot on this list. Sure, it's not the most original premise out there, but it totally embraces the fact and gave us some of the biggest laughs of the year. You'll have to wait until Wednesday for our full review on all the raunchy details, but trust us here -- this one's a riot.
And because no body-swap list is complete without Rob Schneider ...
Sorry in advance to anyone who was expecting to see 'Big' on this list, but as much as we love it, we couldn't quite add it to the list since Tom Hanks doesn't actually swap bodies as much as he grows up overnight.
What's your favorite body-swap movie?
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