Switch (1991)

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A sexist womanizer is killed by one of his former lovers and then reincarnated as a woman.


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7 November 2010 | btm1
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| Great acting by Ellen Barkin
Advertising exec. Steve Brooks, a sexist male chauvinist pig, is invited to a party by a lady friend who suggestively tells him the only other guests will be two other women who he is fond of. The party gets sexy when the four get into a hot tub, but together they bind and murder him. God and the Devil aren't sure where his soul belongs, so they tell him that he will be allowed to return to life for a limited time in order for him to find one woman who likes him. If he doesn't find at least one, he will go to Hell. In order that he can't just use his ability to charm women to find one that doesn't know him, they bring him back as a woman. She retains his memory and chooses to call herself Amanda Brooks.

Ellen Barkin has a remarkable performance as a womanizer in a woman's body. There is a vast difference in personalities between Barkin's Amanda/Steve and Julie Andrews' Victor/Victoria.

Lorraine Bracco also is great in her quiet understated role as major cosmetics client Sheila Faxton.

In addition to watching some great performances, the movie has some pretty funny bits, although some got repetitive. In particular, I thought the the bit about Amanda stumbling when wearing high heels was repeated too often. Regarding the stiletto heels, why would Amanda continue to choose the highest of stiletto heels? Also, while obviously gorgeous, I don't think then 37-year old Ellen Barkin looked as strikingly sexy as Amanda as the male characters (and Amanda herself) thought she did. She didn't seem as hot as the younger actresses who planned Steve's murder.

The resolution at the ending also was somewhat disappointing to me.

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Trivia

This film was indirectly referenced in numerous episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). In the original television spots for the film, Jimmy Smits name was announced in an unusual way: "Ellen Barkin. Switch. Jimmy Smits. Starts Friday." The writers of MST3K found it amusing that Smits' name was announced after the title and not announced as "also starring Jimmy Smits" or "with Jimmy Smits", only as "Jimmy Smits". In various episodes, a character would say "Jimmy Smits" whenever the word "switch" was uttered or sometimes for seemingly no reason at all.


Quotes

Steve Brooks: I don't believe it. I'm sitting with three beautiful woman who said they hated me. I got to be dreaming.
Margo Brofman: We still hate you.
Felicia: We decided you should be punished for the way you treat woman.
Liz: Oh, yeah, men like you just have to be stopped.
Steve Brooks: And how are you ...


Goofs

"Amanda's" hair is back to its same length (and style) when Walter visits "her" in the psychiatric hospital as it was before "she" had the barber cut it. While "she" does say "she" has been there for five months, and apparently five or six months have transpired from the time of the trial, there is no way the hair would have grown from above the ears to down below the shoulders in six months - hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, so it would be about 3 inches longer than before. The hair should have only been slightly longer to show that amount of time has passed.


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You Can't Resist It
Written and Performed by
Lyle Lovett
Produced by Don Was
Published by Michael H. Goldsen Inc./Lyle Lovett (ASCAP)
Lyle Lovett appears courtesy of Curb/MCA Records

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Genres

Comedy | Fantasy

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,770,991 12 May 1991

Gross USA:

$15,545,943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,545,943

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