The comedy horror film that I didn’t know I needed. Staring Vince Vaughn (Butcher), Kathryn Newton (Millie), Celeste O’Connor (Nyla), Misha Osherovich (Josh), and Uriah Shelton (Booker) this movie surprised me in the best ways.
The concept of a teenage girl and a grown, 6-foot man switching bodies seems strange, but this movie makes it hilarious in the best ways. The jokes are about the right things in the right places and they do not take it too far. The goriness of the movie is extreme (for comedic effect), but that is to be expected from a horror movie. There will be blood, there will be chopped up body parts, there will be terror inducing images that make you want to look away but somehow you can’t.
While the story is somewhat predictable, I did not go into this movie thinking it would be nominated for an Oscar. It’s good for what it is. It’s funny, it’s scary and has suspense built in, but mostly it’s funny. It’s not groundbreaking, or something that has never been done before, but the movie is done well, has great actors, a good pace, and is just the right length without dragging on and on.
I think most people have thought about what it would be like to switch bodies with a person of a different height, gender, or with someone from a different time period. Thinking about how life would change just from switching bodies was always a conversation that came up in study hall during high school. This movie brought back those immature, but hilarious memories. I really like to imagine that the writers had a fun time writing this script.
Overall, horror movies are not my thing, but I think that is why I enjoyed this film. While Vince Vaughn’s character, the Butcher, was creepy and gave me chills, the film is mostly comedy. The gory kills are shocking, but the rest of the film is humorous and has some heart sprinkled into it. I also have to say that I enjoyed watching Vince act like he was a teenage girl. From a viewers perspective, it was funny knowing that the younger actors had to act with Vince like he was their age, when he clearly is not (Sorry, Vince). That adds another undertone of comedy to the film. I wonder what set life was like and if Vince assimilated well with his younger costars. I bet he did because the friendships on screen look pretty real. All of them.
*Disclaimer: Making a movie is hard. Sometimes you have an idea and it is not interpreted how you intended it to be. All directors, producers, writers, and everyone on set should be proud at what they created and I do not want to diminish that. I just want to share my opinions so we can learn from movies and see what works and what didn’t.