A Body Swap romantic comedy that does what it says on the tin. It’s super low budget, so expectations should be managed but overall, not bad.
Director: Timothy Morton
Screenwriter: Jimmy Kustes
Starring: Ella Jordan, Jimmy Kustes, Gunner Willis
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 82 Minutes
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
A Copy of this film was made available to me in exchange for an honest review.
CJ (played by Ella Jordan) is a high-strung businesswoman working at the Versa Corporation on the biggest deal in her company’s history. Casey (Jimmy Kustes) is a laid-back slacker who mooches off his brother Roy (Gunner Willis). When Casey goes into an interview at Versa only to qualify for unemployment benefits he winds up switching places with her. Now he must contend with her frenemy Lisa (Kayte Giralt) while she has to woo an Italian girl (Erica Manni) Casey’s been flirting with. Written by Film Pulse
There have been a plethora of Body Swap comedies made over the years, and if you have seen one, you have pretty much seen them all. That doesn’t mean though that they can’t at times be charming and a reliable source of entertainment. This offering suffers from it’s low budget, but the creators manage to get quite a lot out of their minimal funds.
The major fall down here for me was the lack of energy. Comedy films need a buzz around them to keep the audience engaged. The atmosphere in this film just fell a little flat for me. It isn’t helped by the less than experienced actors, who although average in their performances, clearly show they have not spent a lot of time in front of a camera. On times their delivery or timing is a little off, which can be the difference between life and death in a comedy.
The film does have a lot to say about gender norms and gender roles in society. And handles these topics really well, while also not waving them around in your face like a political statement. But then on the flip side uses flagrant amounts of boobs/tits jokes and displays CJ as your typical basic salad eating, yoga practising, meditating stereotype.
I did like that mixed in with the body swap story, CJ and Casey were also shown in cut-away scenes reflecting on their experiences and telling us, the audience what they learned. It did mean that the ending of the story was always a full gone conclusion and you were never going to be shocked by the ending, but we got a much better idea of who they were as characters and we got to see some better character development in those short scenes than we do in the main part of the story.
Fans of cheesy comedies will probably find something to like here. It has a made for TV feel that may appeal to fans of Hallmark movies as well. But if you go into this with tempered expectations, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a pretty enjoyable time.