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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2010
For what it is, this really isn't a bad film. Steve Martin is absolutely incredible as an up-and-coming lawyer possessed by the spirit of his cranky, rich, dead client. The story may be silly and the characters over-the-top (especially the "Tibetan swami"), but I found myself laughing at Martin's antics enough to keep me entertained from start to finish. Martin especially shines in scenes where he has to physically show that his body is under the command of two competing minds -- his left side walking and gesturing "like a man" and his right side walking and gesturing "like a woman." It's not a truly great film, but it makes wonderful B-movie Saturday matinee fare.

My real complaint is that the DVD itself is downright lousy. It's a "full-frame" pan-and-scan DVD (where sides of the widescreen original image were chopped off to fully fill an older TV screen), and the image quality is only fair at best. The picture looks washed out and film dust and a handful of scratches remain. The sound is especially bad -- the dialogue sounds muffled and the overall volume is low so that I had to crank up my stereo's volume to hear everything (and got a nasty shock when the full-volume studio logo appeared at the end). The DVD presentation gives the film the look of a cheesy low-budget educational film of 15-20 years earlier. This film really deserves a better presentation. Since it's now out-of-print, it's probably best to wait until the studios can give it a proper DVD or Blu-ray release.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
This is a great movie, one of my favs. Unfortunately, the DVD I received appears to be a bootlegged version. The film is grainy, as though someone recorded it off of a VHS tape and then burned that onto a DVD. There are several scenes where a fiber appears on the left side of the screen, and there's a continuous white line on the top border. The audio is subpar, and there are times where there's a split second delay between audio and video. It's a bit surreal, which would be ok if this were a Stanley Kubrick film.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2010
I highly recommend this wonderful comedy, which I somehow missed when it first came out. Lots of slapstick, as you'd expect from Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin (and director Carl Reiner) in 1984. But there's also great chemistry between the leads, and even more importantly, a wonderfully warm and touching story. I recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys a good laugh and can still watch a movie that lacks explosions, shaky cam, or fast cuts and oversaturated colors. However, be prepared for a less than high-quality transfer. It looks like a 16:9 movie panned and scanned to 4:3, and transferred from a not especially clean source -- you can even see a fair amount of dirt on the screen in two scenes. Also, the disk lacks the special features listed on the box, such as subtitles, trailer and cast & crew info. In fact, the chapter list on the box doesn't match the chapters on the disk (24 listed on box, 16 on disk with different names). The box lists Trimark Gold Reel Collection, but the rather generic looking disk says Lions Gate.
Nevertheless, this seems to be the only copy around, and it's certainly worth watching!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2009
This 1984 Carl Reiner comedy is one of the best film showcases of Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin's sundry talents. Tomlin plays a sickly spinster who is given the chance to transfer her soul to the body of another woman, and thus go on living. But the magic man who is supposed to make this happen goofs up and locks her spirit inside a bachelor lawyer (Martin)--or, more accurately, within the right half of the poor fellow's body. Suddenly, the swinging man-about-town is literally at odds with himself, unable to make a self-determining decision without a huge internal struggle. Martin's physical comedy, always remarkable, is absolutely inspired this time around, as he convincingly portrays a man split down the middle between opposing sensibilities. This is also one of the best films by Reiner, a filmmaker whose novel ideas are sometimes more striking than their execution.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2010
I've seen funnier Steve Martin movies. With Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Jerk as benchmark 5-star Steve Martin (in my book), Housesitter around 4, this picture rates about 3 - 3.5 stars. New generation fans of Martin may want to see this blast from 1984 with Steve still looking quite young (only 5 years after The Jerk), but the DVD on offer here is pretty bare bones. It includes all of "play" and "scene index", in spite of the "special features" touted on the back of the case - supposed "cast and crew information" and "subtitles" - there are NEITHER of these (at least there weren't on the one I ordered through Amazon).

It's full screen and the video quality is average - dull colors and 80s television picture. No wonder this DVD seems to have gone out of print, though how anything Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin could go out of print is anybody's guess - is this really all that's left of this film?

Whatever you think about the movie, the presentation on this DVD won't impress you much in the production department, though it ought to sate your curiousity about the movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2009
Obvious comedy classic. Full of laughs and good times. One of Steve Martins most memorable rolls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2015
Good romp and fun to have 2 of the best comedians in one movie. Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin are a team that's hard to beat and play well off each other's comedy styles - his extrovert and hers drier.

We've been revisiting a lot of 1980s comedies and romcom movies, since almost all produced back then are geared for adults but are terrific family fare that you're safe watching with the tweens and teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
When I ordered this product, the seller only promised "All of Me." However, when I got the DVD, it was actually a 3-disc set that contained two other Steve Martin movies. I has to say I was pleasantly surprised.
This was the perfect gift for Christmas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
Steve Martin really knocks this role out of the park. This is so funny that Steve Martin can manage the silliness required to deliver this role. If you like Steve Martin you will like this movie!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2010
I love this movie. It is funny and Steve Martin is absolute great in this role. I wish the language was a little less spicy so younger children could watch, but other than that it's great.
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