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Pretty Good Body Swap Comedies

List RulesVote up the body swapping comedy that is perfect for a fun watch on a weekend afternoon.

If you're looking to switch things up on a Friday night, or you've simply got a hankering to be teleported into someone else's shoes, body swap comedies are sure to do the trick. Although completely against the laws of science and nature, body swap serums, curses, and even super-strong willpower can all cause characters to end up trading bodies. Bringing in the classic body-swap plot twist forces the characters to live out each other's lives for an undisclosed amount of time. 

Directors of body swap comedies make sure their characters wiggle their way into every wacky antic that they can possibly get into while the roles are reversed. While there's no doubt that much can go awry while the switch is underway, whether the body swap comedy movies and the escapades that ensue in them end up being truly funny, or if they're just hilariously bad, is up to the viewer.

  • Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Anna Coleman (Lindsay Lohan) are a mother-daughter duo who are complete opposites in almost every single way. After yet another disagreement, the two of them open a fortune cookie with a daunting message. The next morning, they find themselves in each other's bodies.

    The duo must masquerade as a widowed, therapist mom and an angsty teen daughter until they figure out how to switch back. Until then, Anna has to help her mom plan her wedding and assist her therapy clients, but not without a makeover. Meanwhile, Tess mingles in at her daughter's school and gets involved in her dating life.

    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Mark Waters
    • Runtime: 96
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations
    • Premiered: August 6, 2003
    • Characters: Dr. Tess Coleman, Anna Coleman, Ryan, Grandpa, Jake
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  • Dave (Jason Bateman) is a married man with kids, while Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) is a ladies' man. Longing to live each other's lives, the two of them make a wish upon a fountain after a night of drinking.

    When lightning strikes, the two find their lives flipped around. During the swap, Dave takes over at Mitch's law firm as Mitch takes over Dave's adult movie shoots. 

    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: David Dobkin
    • Characters: Dimitri, Mitch's Dad, Sabrina, Flemming Steel, Jamie
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  • After 15-year-old Haley (Danielle Harris) and her 18-year-old sister Alexia (Katherine Heigl) make a body-switching wish on a shooting star, they abruptly awaken the next morning to find that their wish has come true.

    The jealous sisters spend the next day completely sabotaging each other, running amok on school grounds in an attempt to devastate their social lives and ruin their credibility. Alexia posing as Haley even comes to school wearing a full-on dominatrix outfit. The spiteful and sassy sisters know just how to push each other's buttons, and they keep doing so until they start to settle into their new lives.

    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Blair Treu
    • Characters: Hayley Wheaton, Alexia Wheaton
    Solid swap shenanigans?

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  • After a mix-up with a mysterious Tibetan skull with magical powers, Marshall (Judge Reinhold) and his son Charlie (Fred Savage) accidentally make a wish to trade bodies and end up having to endure each other's lives.

    For Marshall, that involves being the VP of a department store; for Charlie, life entails learning to handle school. As they try to get the situation sorted, they must also avoid crooks trying to snatch the cursed skull.

    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Brian Gilbert
    • Runtime: 97
    • Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Situations
    • Characters: Marshall Seymour, Charlie Seymour, Sam, Tina Brooks, Turk
    Solid swap shenanigans?

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