Pros: good music, Dudley Moore
This movie was filmed while Kirk Cameron was at the height of his "Growing Pains" stardom. Good idea, right? Aim for the teenage market, use rock and roll music for the soundtrack and do the male version of "Freaky Friday" and you'll have a hit, right? Well, in theory.
I think what happened here is the movie makers had the right idea, but for some reason it didn't work. It is a good movie. But not for teenagers. They won't appreciate it. But their parents will. Why? First, no sex. I'm not saying a movie needs sex to be funny or a hit, but this movie had nothing, no "t and a", only one semi-cute girl who really didn't even have a big part. The only thing it had going for it to attract kids was a great soundtrack.
Now, parents will enjoy it. Why. Number 1 - the no sex thing. Two. Dudley Moore. He's a great actor. I'll admit I had a little problem believing him as a "serious" no fun doctor and as the father of Kirk Cameron, but he was wonderful when he and Cameron accidently "switched" bodies and he became Dudley Moore playing a kid. A kid in an adult's body. Especially when the son in Dad's body realizes he has a gold card, and can legally go drinking. Moore does play a good drunk. And he plays a great "un-serious" doctor.
Sean Astin plays "Trigger" - Cameron's best friend. Upon being introduced to a girl he says "Name's Trigger. As in horses and hung like one." Now who can resist a line like that?
Cameron also plays a great adult. Meaning he can act like there's an adult in a kid's body. He goes to school after having been switched and manages to alienate the entire student body. How? He gives all the right answers in class - even ends up teaching the classes and when someone shoots a spitball at the teacher and the teacher asks who did it, Cameron points out the culprit.
In the cafeteria that day, Trigger says to Cameron "Congratulations Doc. You made it to total outcast in just 3 hours and 42 minutes, breaking an earlier record set by a young Charles Manson."
How did this switcheroo take place? Seems Trigger's uncle Earl came back from an Indian reservation with some "brain transference serum" that Trigger has put a small amount of in a Tabasco bottle. Moore accidently uses the bottle to make a bloody mary for himself and that's when he and Cameron switch bodies.
Yes, eventually they do get the antidote and switch back but not before they learn about "not judging a man before you walk a mile in his shoes."
So it's a sweet movie that just won't be appreciated by kids who are only interested in a mindless, t & a, sex comedy. But as an adult, I enjoyed it. No nudity, very little, if any swearing, and no real violence.