Look, it is, fundamentally, a body switching movie. If you have ever seen a movie where a person gets to be younger or older or swap bodies with a friend, an enemy or a parent, then you have seen this film. But the reason Hollywood keeps on making this film is that it can be told in so many ways with so many angles. The body switching story is always, fundamentally, about self discovery. The main character or characters are in this situation because they need to learn something about themselves.
Thomas Lennon makes this film. Sure, Zac Efron is going to be the huge draw with all the tweens screaming and wetting themselves during his shirtless scene, but it is the character of Ned who steals every scene that he is in and is the main draw for the parents of those tweens. Zac’s (and Matthew Perry’s) Mike is the popular jock kid, while Thomas’ Ned is the extreme caricature of the rest of us for whom High School were not the best years of their lives.
Anyway, the movie overall was fun, enjoyable, but predictable. If you like body switching movies, you’ll like this one too.
Crank: High Voltage:
Did you see Crank? Did you like Crank? I can answer yes to both of those questions, and so I suspect I’ll like Crank 2 when I eventually see it. But while I suspect the film will be a fun action filled ride, I’m comfortable waiting to see it when it hits DVD.
State of Play:
I want to see this film. I got a free pass to see this film. I also got a free pass to see 17 Again on the same night. As you can see from my long review above, the wife and I saw 17 Again. It is because I drag her to all those horror movies, I’m sure. I definitely might have to see if I can scrounge up the dollars to go see this, if not at full price then at least at the matinee or early bird (shows before noon on a weekend) price. If not, then I’ll be waiting eagerly for this one to get to DVD. Hopefully no one spoils it for me before then.