The Top 10 Body Swap Movies

We get "Freaky" with our picks of the 10 best films that provide an out-of-body experience.

By Jesse Conner

Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman in "The Change-Up."

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With a psycho killer and teenage girl swapping bodies in "Freaky" over the weekend, we were inspired to pick out 10 more of the best films that provide a similar out-of-body experience.

  • 10Like Father, Like Son

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    Due to the "help" of some sort of brain transference serum, a brilliant doctor and his son end up switching brains (and bodies) until one of them can figure out how to fix this mess. In the meantime, father-turned-son will be in school trying to earn some good grades, while son-turned-father will be taking his new ID to the bar to enjoy some adult beverages.

    Like Father, Like Son

    Comedy / 1987 / PG-13

    While Dr. Jack Hammond (Dudley Moore) is a respected surgeon on his way to getting a coveted position at the hospital where he works, his son, Chris (Kirk Cameron), is a mediocre high school student with problems his dad could not care less about. Then one day, Chris' friend (Sean Astin) invents a formula that causes father and son to switch minds. Now Chris, who is in Jack's body, has to deal with all the grown-up issues his dad contends with, while Jack gets to revisit the days of teen angst.

  • 9The Hot Chick

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    The number one lesson we take away from this flick is... karma is real. One of the most popular and superficial girls in school decides to make fun of the wrong girl, and through a series of events, she goes from being the queen of her high school to being a middle-aged man. While she tries to figure out how to get her old body back, he's having the time of his life in his new bod.

    The Hot Chick

    Comedy / 2002 / PG-13

    Not only is Jessica Spencer (Rachel McAdams) the most popular girl in school -- she is also the meanest. But things change for the attractive teen when a freak accident involving a cursed pair of earrings and a chance encounter at a gas station causes her to switch bodies with Clive (Rob Schneider), a sleazy crook. Jessica, in the form of the repulsive Clive, struggles to adjust to this radical alteration and sets out to get her own body back before the upcoming prom.

  • 8The Change-Up

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    Who knew one thought while drunkenly peeing in a fountain with a friend could end in a body swap? From family man to single man, and vice versa, two buddies end up switching their existences with each other. The only way they'll get through it is by teaching each other how the other one lives.

    The Change-Up

    Comedy / 2011 / R

    Once inseparable pals, Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) have drifted apart over the years. Dave is an overworked lawyer and family man, while Mitch has thus far avoided most of the normal responsibilities of adulthood. Each is envious of the other's life, and following a drunken binge, the men awake to find they have somehow switched bodies. Dave and Mitch soon discover that things are not as rosy as they seemed and try to find a way to return their lives to normal.

  • 7Vice Versa

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    When tensions are high, there are times where you wish you could switch lives so the other person could appreciate what you go through. Thanks to a wish between father and son who happen to own a mystical skull, they're able to find out how very different their lives really are. They quickly find that they're not cut out for their new lives, and will need to help each other to make it through the day.

    Vice Versa

    Comedy / 1988 / PG

    After an airport mishap leaves businessman Marshall Seymour (Judge Reinhold) in possession of a mysterious skull following a trip to the South Pacific, he unwittingly falls victim to its magical powers when he and his son Charlie (Fred Savage) swap bodies. Unable to switch back, each must lead the other's life while trying to figure out the cause of the sudden change -- all the while avoiding a pair of smugglers intent on getting their hands on the apparently valuable skull.

  • 6Wish Upon a Star

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    When a popular older sister and a not-so-popular younger sister don't quite live the same experience, there's bound to be some jealously from the younger one to be more like her elder sis. And with one wish, voila! Now, younger-turned-older sister has all the attention and popularity she's dreamed of while older-turned-younger sis has to cope with her new life. As you'd guess, they both have something the other lacks. And if they work together, they might be able to live their best lives.

    Wish Upon a Star

    Comedy / 1996 / PG

    After a brainy tomboy's (Danielle Harris) wish to trade places with her pretty, popular sister (Katherine Heigl), it comes true.

  • 517 Again

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    Instead of a kid wishing to be an adult, here we have an adult wishing he could do his life over again. When his wish comes true, he finds he's right in the mix attending the same school and some of the same classes as his own kids.

    17 Again

    Comedy / 2009 / PG-13

    Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) was a high-school basketball star with a bright future, but he threw it all away to marry his girlfriend and raise their child. Almost 20 years later, Mike's marriage has failed, his kids think he's a loser, and his job is going nowhere. He gets a chance to correct the mistakes of his past and change his life when he is miraculously transformed into a teenager (Zac Efron), but in trying to fix his past, Mike may be jeopardizing his present and future.

  • 413 Going on 30

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    Another "coming-of-age" rom-com grants a young girl her wish to be grown up, but instead of aging overnight, she actually wakes up 17 years in the future to her new adult life. She's going from sleeping in her bed at her parent's house to waking up in her own apartment with some random guy. Since she is still a kid at heart (and mind), she'll need all the help she can get to navigate her new situation. Thankfully, she's played by the quite capable Jennifer Garner.

    13 Going on 30

    Romantic Comedy / 2004 / PG-13

    A girl who's sick of the social strictures of junior high is transformed into a grownup overnight. In this feel-good fairy tale, teenager Jenna (Christa B. Allen) wants a boyfriend, and when she's unable to find one, she fantasizes about being a well-adjusted adult. Suddenly, her secret desire becomes a reality, and she is transformed into a 30-year-old (Jennifer Garner). But adulthood, with its own set of male-female challenges, isn't as easy as it looks.

  • 3It's a Boy Girl Thing

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    From absolute enemies to living each other’s lives, this 2006 rom-com ranks high on our list because not only is it a great body swap movie, but the bodies swapped are boy and girl. Imagine if you hated someone of the opposite gender and then had to live their life - would you look out for their best interests? Maybe not at first, but once these two realize that they may have to stay in their new bodies forever, they decide that maybe it's time to join forces.

    It's a Boy Girl Thing

    Romantic Comedy / 2006 / PG-13

    Pretty teen girl Nell (Samaire Armstrong) is extremely bookish and can't wait to move on to higher education, while her dim-witted neighbor and classmate, Woody (Kevin Zegers), wants nothing more than to play football. When a class trip to a museum places Nell and Woody under an ancient Incan spell, the two awake the next day to find that they've switched bodies. As they cope with their bizarre situation, Nell and Woody realize that they must discover a way to reverse the spell.

  • 2Big

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    As a kid, we wish we could grow up faster because then we could live by our own rules. In this classic starring Tom Hanks, one kid gets that wish granted and he's actually not too bad at being an adult (Hanks being naturally kidlike helps that this adult lands a gig at a toy company). This might not be considered a traditional body "swap" film, but if you go from being a kid to being an adult overnight, your body definitely isn't going to be the same anymore.


    Comedy / 1988 / PG

    After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads to New York City and gets a low-level job at MacMillen Toy Company. A chance encounter with the owner (Robert Loggia) of the company leads to a promotion testing new toys. Soon a fellow employee, Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), takes a romantic interest in Josh. However, the pressure of living as an adult begins to overwhelm him, and he longs to return to his simple, former life as a boy.

  • 1Freaky Friday

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    This 2003 body swap comedy should be first on everyone's list. Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as mother and daughter pretending to be daughter and mother is everything you would expect and more. Not only will you be laughing at how different they choose to live each other’s lives, but you'll see how LITERALLY being in each other’s shoes brings them closer together.

    Freaky Friday

    Children / 2003 / PG

    Single mother Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) couldn't be more different, and it is driving them both insane. After receiving cryptic fortunes at a Chinese restaurant, the two wake up the next day to discover that they have somehow switched bodies. Unable to switch back, they are forced to masquerade as one another until a solution can be found. In the process, they develop a new sense of respect and understanding for one another.

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