The Change Up
In a classic case of the grass being greener on the other side, two friends Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman) and Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds) feel the other person has a great lifestyle. Dave who is married and has kids envies Mitch because he does not have any commitments and has many girlfriends while Mitch feels Dave’s life is perfect. On one occasion they get drunk near a water fountain in a park and wish they had each other’s lives, which comes true the next morning. But since the park is being renovated the fountain has been moved elsewhere for the time-being. They have no option but to lead each other’s lives till the fountain is returned to its original place. The film’s message, to be content with what one possesses, adds value to the fun element.
It’s a Boy Girl Thing
What happens when an extroverted football player Woody Deane (Kevin Zegers) and an introverted academically-inclined girl Nell Bedworth (Samaire Armstrong), who just can’t stand each other, swap bodies? To add to their discomfort they are neighbours and study in the same school. On a school trip to a local museum they are forced to team up as part of their assignment but their differences come to the surface leading to a bitter argument. A statue of an ancient Aztec god switches their bodies which they realize when they wake up the next day. The scene where (and how) they react to the switch is hilarious. How the two find a way to reverse the switch and realise their folly in forming preconceived notions is well brought out.
Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) resents her daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) participating in a rock band. Anna resents Tess getting married to boyfriend Ryan since her dad had died three years ago. Anna’s brother Harry torments her. A rival at school (Stacey) convinces Tess that she and Anna are friends and Anna’s teacher Bates purposely gives Anna bad grades. After making a wish with a fortune cookie in a Chinese restaurant the mother and daughter end up swapping bodies overnight. At school Tess (in Anna’s body) realises that Anna was right about Stacey and Bates and ticks them off. Bates had been rejected by Tess many years ago so he is playing underhand games. Similarly Anna realises that Harry fights with her to get her attention and that Ryan has the qualities of a good father. Due to their love for each other Tess and Anna switch back into their own bodies.
The Hot Chick
In the ancient past an Abyssinian Princess Nawa used her magical earrings to swap her body with that of a slave in order to avoid getting married. Cut to Jessica Spencer (Rachel McAdams), a high school student (whose idea of fun is humiliating people) and her gang of like-minded friends in present-day California. While shopping in a mall Jessica does not refrain from stealing the ancient earrings which have been put up for display and are not for sale. After robbing a petrol pump, criminal Clive Maxtone (Rob Schneider) picks up one earring dropped by Jessica. Later they wear the earrings and find themselves trapped in the other’s body and unless the earrings are brought together in the next 15 days Clive and Jessica will be condemned to live out their lives in each other’s bodies.
In a telling comment of its success, this film is the fourth screen adaptation of the F Anstey novel. Returning home from Thailand, workaholic Marshall Seymour (Judge Reinhold) who heads a Chicago department store has his bag accidentally switched with that of some smugglers at the airport. Now his bag contains an ornamental skull from a Thailand monastery. On getting home he has an argument with his son Charlie (Fred Savage) for not spending more time with him and a wish that they should be in each other’s bodies comes true after they touch the magical skull. So Marshall is forced to go to school, take tests and deal with bullies while Charlie has to take charge as the departmental store’s vice president. They additionally have to deal with the smugglers before they can switch back.