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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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  • Actors: Tea Leoni, Jimmy Smits, Bruce Payne, Ellen Barkin, JoBeth Williams
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards
  • Producers: Tony Adams
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XMV7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on April 14, 2003
Format: DVD
At first glance, this film looks like it's going to be a slapstick clone of so many other Blake Edwards' productions. And, in fact, the film does contain a great many scenes that would tend to belong under the "slapstick" genre. Surprisingly, however, there is much more to this film.
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.
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Blake Edwards does a fine job of directing his own original script for his gender, but not comically challenged film.

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.
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At first glance, this film appears like many afterlife concept films of its time: flawed man dies, must return to earth to do a good deed, agents in heaven and hell await the outcome. But this movie is surprisingly different, on a number of counts. First, it is less a tale about morality and goodness than it is about gender. And as a comedy about gender, it is both excelent and unique. This is in no small part due to the extremely talented Ellen Barkin, whose skill at physical comedy shines in this role as a man on earth in a woman's body.
The film takes quite a few unexpected turns before ending much too neatly, its greatest flaw.
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For a movie dismissed by reviewers as second-rate, I submit as evidence to the contrary the now countless times this film, it's issues, and Barkin's extraordinary performance have come into my conversations with both men and women. Of how it would be for an insatiable wolf who enjoyed everything he could use about women to suddenly be a woman. To his simultaneous horror and fascination, he is beautiful, with an amazing body.
The initial scenes when he discovers that his primary evidence of manhood is gone, and when he finds beautiful breasts under his pyjamas have made me laugh out loud every time I've caught portions of the movie on TV. Just walking in heels, dealing with blow-drying his gorgeous hair, putting on makeup, how she/he unconsciously talks with a man's expressions, both facially and vocally are all a testament to Barkin and to damn good writing and directing.
Having seen the movie tonight straight through for the first time in years, I went straight to this site and bought it. When it next comes up in a discussion, instead of telling my friends, I'll show them and enjoy watching their reactions as well. Ignore the reviews. Buy it. The first hour alone is worth the price.
Finally, to clarify the perspective of my comments, I am a woman who both attracts men and finds much more in common with them than women friends.
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