A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Charlie's parents hate each other and Marshall is an absentee, workaholic dad. Charlie, as Marshall, flips off the guys from work when they gossip about him. Marshall as Charlie steals a police motorcycle. People steal and swindle. But the heart of the story is that, by switching bodies, father and son get to know each other and become closer.
Violence & Scariness
Marshall gets hit in the groin by a football. Charlie fires a crossbow, but no one gets hurt. There's lots of falling and hitting when Marshall plays hockey.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Floyd makes reference to "boffing." Marshall and Sam kiss several times. Charlie as Marshall has his first kiss with Sam. Sam talks about spending the night with Charlie/Marshall. Guys in the office objectify a new woman at work, saying she has an "available mouth," and other comments.
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Considerable salty language, much of it coming from Savage as Marshall, including, "bulls--t," "goddammit," "asshole," "hell," "holy s--t," "son of a bitch," "little prick," "ball breaker," "asswipe," "buttheads."
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Products & Purchases
Marshall is constantly asking for Grey Poupon mustard.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
11-year-old Charlie, when possessed by his dad's spirit, drinks cocktails. Tina drinks from a flask. Sam refers to drinking too much wine, though she doesn't actually get drunk. Some teens are caught smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this heartwarming father-son flick is full of swearing and drinking -- often by 11-year-old Charlie while he's possessed by his father's spirit. The movie also features warring, divorced parents. Marshall even tells his son that his ex-wife is someone he can't stand. Marshall also steals a police car and is rude to his assistant. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
VICE VERSA is a well-meaning but essentially mediocre retelling of the life-switch generational comedy. Vice Versa is harmless enough -- despite the tween drinking that Charlie does while possessed by his dad's spirit -- but never quite finds the right balance between the wacky hijinx of the original Freaky Friday and an afterschool special on intergenerational love and understanding.
Part of the problem is casting: Neither Savage nor Reinhold are very convincing in their roles as child and adult, respectively. Savage is way more convincing as the take-charge dad than as a flighty kid. And Reinhold steals the film when he's hamming it up as Charlie (and is endearing as a scared child in an adult's body). But as an adult again? He seems to have had too much fun as a kid to want to grow up again.
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