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switch1991

switch1991
Starring:
Perry King, Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Smits


Rated: R for language and sexual content.
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: May 10, 1991

Writer/Director Blake Edwards' latest comedy examines what would happen if a male chauvinist, skirt chaser is reincarnated as a woman. Perry King plays Steve Brooks, a man who is so despised by his past liaisons that he is killed by three of them. When Steve arrives in purgatory, he's given a second chance to enter heaven. He returns to Earth to see is he can find just one female who actually likes him. He comes back as a beautiful woman (Ellen Barkin). High heels, tight skirts, long hair and a female body are all new to Amanda (Barkin). Her outside is woman, but she still talks, plays basketball and punches like a guy. Because of Amanda's sexy appearance, she's ogled and leered at by every man she meets - much to her chagrin. One wonders why, when she complains about constantly being hit on, it never occurs to her to cover up her ample physical assets; her legs and cleavage are prominently displayed in every scene.
Jimmy Smits (T.V.'s L.A. Law) plays Walter, Steve's best friend, who thinks Amanda is the missing Steve's half-sister.

The humor is raunchy and repetitive. Barkin is funny trying to walk in high heels, but after watching her stumble for over an hour, it becomes irritating. Instead of looking for the subtle humor to be found in the situation (as in Tootsie), Edwards tries to shock by reverting to juvenile anatomy and sex jokes, and the film ends up vulgar and tasteless.

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