Every year or so, Hollywood decides to release a body-switching/age-switching story to cash in on a genre that was made popular by Disney’s original “Freaky Friday.” The newest film to toss its’ hat into this overcrowded ring is “The Change-Up,” starring hot-ticket actors Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. Even though there are countless films that aren’t quite as successful or as funny as this film, below are five of the most memorable movies that used this clichéd concept to find box office glory.
5.) “Vice Versa,” 1988
This movie stars Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage as a father and son who switch bodies after touching an ornamental skull from Thailand. Even though both Reinhold and Savage over exaggerate the mannerism of their respective switched characters, this movie is hilarious and full of all kinds of '80s cheesiness. Besides, who could pass up Reinhold milking his typical soft-spoken, nice guy role?
4.) “The Hot Chick,” 2002
Rachel McAdams plays the mean girl who switches bodies with a low-life criminal played by Rob Schneider. Once the body-switch happens, Schneider takes center stage and does what he does best--slapstick comedy. He isn’t the most attractive guy ever, so seeing Schneider attempt to play a hot, high school mean girl is hysterical and definitely worth watching.
3.) “Freaky Friday,” 2003
This “Freaky Friday” stars Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. This mother (Curtis)/daughter (Lohan) switch happens because a grandmother believes the two need to be taught a lesson. Even though this is a typical feel-good film with a predictable ending, Curtis made it fun. She is unexpectedly funny as a teen-possessed, forty-something year-old mother.
2.) “17 Again,” 2009
“17 Again” is an age-switching comedy that stars Matthew Perry and Zac Effron. Perry is a father struggling to keep his family together when faced with divorce. After his character wishes he could go back to high school to make some major life changes, he wakes up as a 17-year-old, who is played by Zac Effron. Even though Perry is always entertaining, Effron is the reason to see this film. Everybody knew he could be a heartthrob, but “17 Again” proved that he actually had some acting chops. Effron didn’t over exaggerate his character and came across as extremely likeable. Also, the fact that Effron gets a couple of slaps from women makes this film even more entertaining.
1.) “Big,” 1988
This '80s classic is another age-switching comedy. After telling his wish to be “big” to a fortune-telling machine, a young boy wakes up the next morning as a 30-something year old man. Starring Tom Hanks, this movie is one of the most heartwarming movies of its time. Although Hanks seems to play his character as a little too na?ve and innocent for a 13-year-old, this movie is still a must-see. Scenes, lines, and objects from “Big” have now become icons in American culture. It is one of those rare films that is as touching and funny today as it was in the '80s.