(out of 5)

Ellen Barkin’s hysterical performance is the main reason to watch this one-joke comedy. One of Blake Edwards’ better films in a long time, it stars Perry King as a womanizing bachelor whose callous handling of his girlfriends finds him in a hot tub with all three at once:  a definite pleasure, you’d think, until they decide to murder him. Appearing before God, King is told that he wasn’t quite bad enough for hell but not good enough for heaven either, and so is given one more chance to make something of his life. He is sent back to Earth to find one woman who will truly love him, but to add to the challenge, God sends him back as a woman. Now, Barkin wakes up with a whole new body and must acclimate herself to the changes while keeping her advertising career on track without losing it to the chauvinistic office that she works in. Barkin does a terrific job of playing a man trapped in a woman’s body, and though the film never manages to find anything else to laugh at, she’s entertaining enough for two hours. Look for early film appearances by Tea Leoni and Catherine Keener.

USA, 1991

Directed by Blake Edwards

Screenplay by Blake Edwards

Cinematography by Dick Bush

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Ellen Barkin)