- 1 hr 43 min
Switch is a 1991 comedy-drama film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, and JoBeth Williams. The film follows Steve Brooks (Barkin), a chauvinistic advertising executive who dies in a car accident and is reincarnated as a woman named Amanda Brooks (Barkin). As Amanda, Steve must navigate the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated world, while also trying to solve the mystery of his own murder. With the help of his best friend, Walter Stone (Smits), Amanda sets out to find his killer and seek revenge.
Throughout the film, Amanda struggles with the differences between men and women, and experiences the harsh realities of sexism and discrimination firsthand. She faces difficult situations at work, is objectified by men, and even falls victim to sexual assault.
Despite the serious themes of gender inequality and violence against women, Switch balances these with humor and lighthearted moments. Barkin delivers a standout performance as both Steve and Amanda, capturing the essence of both characters with depth and humor.
Smits provides solid support as Walter, a loyal friend who supports Amanda through her transformation, and Williams shines as Margo, a feminist writer who challenges Amanda's views on gender and encourages her to embrace her new life as a woman.
The film's plot twists and turns as Amanda gets closer to solving the mystery of his own death, and the final reveal of his killer is both surprising and satisfying.
Overall, Switch is an entertaining and thought-provoking film that tackles serious issues with humor and heart. Barkin's performance is a standout, and the film's themes of gender equality and female empowerment are as relevant today as they were in 1991.
Switch is a 1991 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 43 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8 and a MetaScore of 48.