Why are body switching movies so fun? I suppose we all think about what it would be like to inhabit someone for a day or two... And I mean that in the strictest PG sense! A lot of them seemed to come our way in the late eighties, which I would now dub as The Body Switch Movie Golden Era of 1988-1989.. And I can't forget to mention, that was also the exact time when Quantum Leap made it's TV Debut.
I purposely left off titles that involve time travel like Back To The Future or Peggy Sue Got Married because those really are their own thing. And I happen to think that the original Freaky Friday from 1976 is probably the Citizen Kane of all these movies. It's pure fun, and Barbara Harris is so fun to watch in this. Love her.
Here's a visual list of some of the most popular films of the Body Switch genre, as well as some other favorites and present day offerings.
The 80's Switch
The Creepy Switch
The Divine Switch
The Modern Switch (1990-present)
And what body switch movie post would be without a mention of the 1987 Disney TV Movie Double Switch which finds nerdy George Newbern trying to win Elisabeth Shue's heart by switching places with "Rock Star" George Newbern (who longs for a normal life) for a week. Enjoy!
Coming Soon: The Tootsie Syndrome!