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Steve Brooks (Perry King) is a notorious lady's man. He's got a good friend in Walter (Jimmy Smits), but a lot of enemies among the women he's two-timed-which is why three of them gang up together to murder him. But God isn't sure Steve's ready for Heaven so he's given a second chance to prove himself. Steve will go to Heaven, but only if he can find one woman who truly loves him for who he is. And there's a catch. To be sure Steve doesn't use his manly looks and good harm, God sends Steve back as a gorgeous woman. Now Steve is Amanda (Ellen Barkin) and Amanda is Steve-about to find out what it's like to be a good-looking woman being looked at by a world of not-so-good guys! Can Steve find his way to Heaven while trying not to fall off his high heels.; trying to be 'just friends' with Walter; and trying to seduce a woman who only likes women as a man in a woman's body? It's a hilarious turnaround when a helluva lady's man becomes one helluva lady in Blake Edwards' most hilarious and outrageous comedy ever.]]>
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The plot centers around a man named Steve Brooks who is a womanizer squared. He's handsome, charming, well built & has a "way" with women. Unfortunately, he also has a heart of granite & leaves a wake of heartbroken women behind him.
One day, 3 ex-girlfriends plot their revenge. They lure him into a hot tub and murder him. Steve makes it to Purgatory, but is told he is right on the borderline between having his final destination be heaven or hell.
To break the deadlock, God (who is both male & female) sets forth a task: he must find a woman who truly likes him for who he is (and not for some fast-talking come-on line) in order for him to get inside the pearly gates. At the last moment, the Devil enters the picture and puts on a twist: Steve must get a woman to like him AS a woman!
Ellen Barkin is marvelous as a man trying to figure out how to be a woman. Barkin does a particularly impressive job moving like a man thru out the film and her performance truly steals the show.
So far, it sounds like your typical gender-switching comedy, only with a twist. However, the plot contains many more unanticipated twists. It also deals with some very serious issues that make it nothing short of a dark comedy. Again, this is quite unexpected from looking @ the cover.
I would recommend this film for people who enjoy getting a little more than what they bargained for. As the religious deities obviously parody the Judeo / Christian tradition, I would NOT suggest this film for people who are easily offended. In short, the film takes turns poking fun @ men, poking fun @ women & poking fun @ religion. It turns out to be a good comedy, but a dark one.
We open with advertising executive Steve Brooks (Perry King), a cad in every sense of the word. We are clear that Steve has broken many hearts, three of which turn on him at once. As three of his scorned women decide to lure him into a hotub where he thinks the women have invited him for a multiple seduction, they get their revenge and drown him instead.
Now Steve is dead, but hasn't quite reached heaven yet. I suppose you could say he's in purgatory, until, as god requires, he can get one female to truly love him. That would be a cinch for the unrepentant romeo except for the fact that at the last minute, the devil intervenes and decides he must get a female to truly love him AS another female, enter a great comic performance from Ellen Barkin.
Ellen Barkin playing a female version of Perry King's Steve was great casting, since the two DO look so similar. Barkin is truly comical as Amanda. She tells Ad boss Tony Dow, that she's Steve's sister, again, believable. What's not believable? A high powered Ad agency letting a top executives sister, fill his now high-heeled shoes. Hey, no one said this film was realistic. However, the stepping in and filling anothers shoes becomes forefront, as Amanda takes over for Steve. She also has to get used to being a woman. This is not an easy task. She desperately confesses to one of her murdering ex-lovers who she really is. The ex then comes to Amanda's aid, teaching her how to do all the things girls do. Barkin is worthy of Lucille Ball slapstick status as she hilariously teeters around on those hard to fill high-heel shoes, tripping and grasping walls.Read more ›
The film takes quite a few unexpected turns before ending much too neatly, its greatest flaw.
There nothing deep about this movie, but it certainly will make you snuggle closer to the person you're watching it with while you're enjoying this clever little whimsey about giving and receiving love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ellen Barking steals the movie. Her mannerisms are almost spot on for a guy.Published 7 months ago by Chatty Cathy
All the actors were great, but Ellen Barkin was especially so. If she hadn't been, this movie would not have been that good. I love the story. Still great!Published 8 months ago by Terry
GOTTA Watch this on afterlife and gender identity! GREAT! Well done Comedy!! With Truth in it's impact!!!Published 9 months ago by A. Lau