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It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006)

It's a Boy Girl Thing , Nick Hurran  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: It's a Boy Girl Thing
  • Directors: Nick Hurran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016QNSCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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High school quarterback Woody Deanne (Kevin Zegers of FELICITY: AN AMERICAN GIRL ADVENTURE) is a sexist jock who lives for hip-hop. His next-door neighbor and sworn enemy Nell Bedworth (Samaire Armstrong of THE O.C. and ENTOURAGE) is a smart and sensitive virgin who loves Shakespeare. But one morning, they mysteriously wake up in the strangest place of all: Each other's bodies! Even if they can now survive their switched lives of girls' showers, boys' locker rooms, college interviews, Homecoming football and destroying each other's reputations, will they find that falling in love may be the ultimate out-of-body experience? Sharon Osbourne co-stars in this wild gender-bender comedy featuring a hot soundtrack of hits by Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, James Blunt, Ozzy Osbourne, Girls Aloud, Mystikal and more!

A body-swapping comedy, It's a Boy Girl Thing takes a look at what happens when contentious next door neighbors have to literally live in each other's body for a while. Nell (Samaire Armstrong, Entourage, Dirty Sexy Money) is a studious geek. Woody (Kevin Zegers, Transamerica) is the high school football hero. Though they've known each other their entire lives, the two are happiest pretending the other doesn't exist. Psychoanalysis might conclude that it's because each has aspects that they are trying to subliminate in themselves, but in this farce, which executive-produced by Elton John, the plot is much less deep. It's a Boy Girl Thing has more in common with Rob Schneider's crude body-switch-'em-up The Hot Chick than, say, Tom Hanks' Big (Where his character didn't change sexes, but did grow from a little boy to a grown man overnight). At its best, the film offers a few laughs and some sight gags. At its worst, the characters utter lines such as, "I'm a loser, I'm trouble and I'm stupid. It's basic genetics." Written by Geoff Deane, who fared much better with the clever Kinky Boots, It's a Boy Girl Thing capitalizes on the strength of the lead actors. While Armstrong and Zegers look like they could be old enough to be paying off their student loans, they have the mannerisms and nuances of teenagers down pat. Once they swap bodies and have to work together to get their lives back, they also exhibit wonderful chemistry. So nice, in fact, that for a nanosecond, you almost wish they would never get their old lives back. --Jae-Ha Kim

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When the girl has a hard time... December 9, 2008
Gender swap comedies are a motif that Hollywood revisits every decade or so. There was Switch (1991), The Hot Chick (2002), and now It's a Boy Girl Thing. Coming out of the 80s, when women wore square shoulder corporate suits and fought the glass ceiling, there was an aggression that Ellen Barkin captured. Coming out of the 90s, when gender confusion as hip, the Hot Chick followed suit. These days however, when (young) girls flash gang signs on myspace, Muay Thai kickbox each other on the head on youtube, and curse like truck drivers, Samaire Armstrong , playing her neighbor Woody trapped within, has a much harder time showcasing the rift between the sexes.

I mean c'mon: Girls today act more like boys than boys girls.

With all her shrugs, posturing, manly strut, spitting, and cursing bravado, it all but sounds like a typical girl I see in the malls.

Kevin Zegers, on the other hand, lives up to the part by pulling out all the stops on the suddenly sensitive, suddenly well-dressed, suddenly effeminate (or stereotypically gay) football jock.

One of the bonuses the story of this movie contains is the concept of "access." In many gender swapping movies, the humor and plot is based on what one sex discovers about the other half once he or she inhabits the other's body. In It's A Boy Girl Thing, that access takes a sharp turn midway into the movie, and suddenly each character discovers what is being said about him/her from the house next door. Woody (a high school football star with loud parents), inhabiting Nell's body finds out what Nell herself, taking after her mother's bourgeois snobbishness, had said about him.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Romantic Comedy!!! September 1, 2010
This movie is very funny, and had a beautiful love story and message. It was like Freaky Friday, and The Hot Chick mixed together. Woody Deane and Nell Bedworth hate each other. They are neighbors who want nothing to do with each other. During a trip to a museum, and are forced to work together, and they begin to argue in front of a statue of the ancient Aztec god Tezcatlipoca. The statue casts a spell on them, and they wake up to swapped bodies. Woody has become Nell, and Nell has become Woody. In the process of trying to figure out how to change back, they intentionally destroy each others' social life. After Woody sticks up for Nell, they slowly begin to fall in love. I highly recommend IT'S A BOY GIRL THING!!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't rent it but... it made me laugh. August 27, 2008
"It's is a boy girl thing" isn't the kind of movie I'd normally rent. In fact, I didn't rent it, but when I found it in my house, I gave in to temptation and watched it. I must confess it made me laugh.

This film is very predictable, but quite funny, despite the fact that the humor is rather crude sometimes... The two main characters are Nell (Samaire Armstrong), a bright and somewhat nerdy young woman, and Woody (Kevin Zegers), a football player that has the popularity that Nell lacks, but isn't very accustomed to using his brain. Even though these typical albeit very different teenagers can't stand each other, they will have to reach a compromise, due to an spell that ends up switching their bodies. Confusion ensues, as you can imagine...

All in all, I think that those that are expecting the classic high school comedy will like it, if their expectations are just to have some fun... If that is your case, recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and touching September 20, 2009
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Kevin Zegers is adorable and the connection between him and his female counterpart increase over time. It shows the real issues between guys and girls and how, if they only switched places, they would better understand what the other half goes through. Great inspiring film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tolerable teen fluff April 19, 2009
Suppose the mind of Freaky Friday were mysteriously transported to the body of just about any teen movie ever - you'd get something that looked a lot like this. Instead of mother and daughter this time, it's a teenaged boy and girl whocan barely stand each other. He's the uberjock, with the big homecoming game coming up, she's the Yale-bound, bookish type.

The result is pretty predictable: bathroom and locker room jokes, some body-part humor but less than you might think, and a happy ending all around. Oh, and the Mean Girls character ends up publicly embareassed (spelling is intentional), which just goes towards making the ending happy. Best watched if you're doing something else at the same time.

-- wiredweird
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Just misses being very good. October 17, 2009
The leaders are very good. They almost make you believe a body swap happened. Some good laughs (like when he in the girl's body gets a bikini wax but a little preachy.

At first they try and ruin each other's lives which makes no sense since they have no idea how long they are going to be each other - it could be fore ever. The movie gets better when they try and help each other - she to learn football and he to learn poetry and literature.

Near the end they actually like being each other and in a touching scene say they would be honored to live as each other. It might have been a better or more original film if they didn't change back.

Good ending at the prom as well as good use of Shakespears poetry
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didn't read it carefully about the region. Won't play on my dvd player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was good now only if it was on prime so i ...
it was good now only if it was on prime so i wouldn't have to buy for me to watch when i want
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5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD came in very good shape. There were no scratches or nicks the...
The DVD came in very good shape. There were no scratches or nicks the case cover was in very good shape. I had no problems watching the movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Attention all Boys and Girls!!!!!
This Was Freaky Friday The Transgender edition! That's What Made It Unique of a Plot! It's Just Not Winning the Academy! It's A Good Film For all The Boys and Girls!
Published 6 months ago by Rashaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
It's a quirky movie that is entertaining to watch. Definitely a movie for teenagers, but it's pretty fun. I enjoy watching it anyway.
Published 10 months ago by Kaylee
3.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I hadn't read on the page that this DVD doesn't play on most U.S. dvd players before purchasing. but product had arrived safely.
Published 10 months ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kevin Zegers
Great movie would highly recommend to everyone except little kids but for the most part a great movie go Kevin Zegers
Published 12 months ago by Andrew Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Simple Love Story
I loved the movie! I thought it was another typical love story in which it is, but this got me hooked all the way through the hilarious scenes and such. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
I totally love this movie and I totally love this DVD! It was a quick delivery and the DVD came in with nothing wrong with it, which is totally awesome!! Totally recommend!! :D
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