The Top 10 Body Swap Movies

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

Jesse Conner

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
    Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore in "Like 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.

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    Like Father, Like Son

    Comedy / 1987 / PG-13

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  • 9The Hot Chick
    THE HOT CHICK, Maritza Murray, Megan Kuhlmann, Rob Schneider, Samia Doumit, Alexandra Holden, Anna Faris, in "The 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.

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    The Hot Chick

    Comedy / 2002 / PG-13

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  • 8The Change-Up
    Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds in "The 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.

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    The Change-Up

    Comedy / 2011 / R

  • 7Vice Versa
    Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage in "Vice 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.

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    Vice Versa

    Comedy / 1988 / PG

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  • 6Wish Upon a Star
    Danielle Harris and Katherine Heigl in "Wish 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.

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    Wish Upon a Star

    Comedy / 1996 / PG

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  • 517 Again
    Zac Efron and Matthew Perry in "17 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.

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    17 Again

    Comedy / 2009 / PG-13

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  • 413 Going on 30
    Jennifer Garner in "13 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.

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    13 Going on 30

    Romantic Comedy / 2004 / PG-13

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  • 3It's a Boy Girl Thing
    Kevin Zegers and Samaire Armstrong in "It'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.

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    It's a Boy Girl Thing

    Romantic Comedy / 2006 / PG-13

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  • 2Big
    Tom Hanks in "Big."

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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.

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    Comedy / 1988 / PG

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  • 1Freaky Friday
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan in "Freaky 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.

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    Freaky Friday

    Children / 2003 / PG

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

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