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Trading Faces: 10 Body-Switching Movies
David Bax , April 17th, 2009 03:36

As the insipid-looking Zach Efron vehicle 17 Again threatens to invade our cinemas, David Bax from the Battleship Pretension podcast looks back on the often overlooked (and rightly so) body-switching film genre.


Good Body-Switching

5. 13 Going on 30

A genre as hokey as this one can only be helped by the postmodernist approach of our modern times. The movie is winking at you when the magical dust causes 13-year-old Jenny to suddenly become 30-year-old Jenny. And it continues winking and nudging with its constant references to the decade in which the body-switching trope had its heyday. And, like the next movie on this list, 13 Going on 30 actually has something to say.