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It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006)

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Sworn enemies find themselves in each other's bodies, and use this to ruin each other's lives.

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Nick Hurran

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Geoff Deane (screenplay), Steve Hamilton Shaw (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samaire Armstrong ... Nell Bedworth
Kevin Zegers ... Woody Deane
Sherry Miller ... Katherine Bedworth
Robert Joy ... Ted Bedworth
Sharon Osbourne ... Della Deane
Maury Chaykin ... Stan Deane
Mpho Koaho ... Horse
Dan Warry-Smith ... Team Guy #1
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Glixen (as Balazs Koos)
Emily Hampshire ... Chanel
Brooke D'Orsay ... Breanna
Kathryn Haggis Kathryn Haggis ... Miss Bidermeyer
Genelle Williams ... Tiffany
Alex Nussbaum Alex Nussbaum ... Mr. Zbornak
Jack Duffy Jack Duffy ... Old Man
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Storyline

The next door neighbors Nell Bedworth and Woody Deane have opposite behaviors and hate each other: the virgin geek Nell is polite, sensitive and well-prepared to go to Yale, while Woody is rude and his greatest expectation is to join a mediocre university due to his abilities playing football. When Nell and Woody are assigned to visit a museum together, they argue in front of a statue of an Aztec god. During the night, their souls swap bodies, bringing difficult situations to them. They first try to damage each other's reputation in high school, but soon they discover that their dream of joining college can only happen with mutual respect and support. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They've turned into the things they hated most... each other. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity, language and some drinking - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

USA | UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

He's the Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$848, 9 December 2007

Gross USA:

$848

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,385,679
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cover of the Yale application booklet visible in Nell's room and the letterhead in the Yale correspondence she receives are both genuine. See more »

Goofs

Horse's car has Pennsylvania license plates in front and back. Pennsylvania only has rear plates. See more »

Quotes

Woody: Think about it, Harry. Are you willing to trade the love of a good woman for the cheap thrill of a tawdry one-night stand?
[Horse laughs]
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Be Strong
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Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Wilder Kingdom Music
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A British movie set in the USA
2 January 2007 | by essentialparadoxSee all my reviews

There's an inherent problem with British audiences: they're quite fickle in regards to what they'll watch, especially the younger generations. While the storytelling and film-making of a brit-made flick may be good, setting a movie in Britain (British schools, British football, British women, etc.) is never as glamorous as the US counterparts. I always wondered why the British film industry didn't just go and make movies in the US with American actors. Which is why I was surprised to learn this was exactly the case with 'It's A Boy / Girl Thing'.

Samaire Armstrong and Kevin Zegers are the gorgeous headliners for the story - a girl and a guy switching bodies. The story's been done a hundred times over, and the script was especially very poor (sadly the first indication of it being a typically British film.) But the director took this script and did what he could with it, and he managed to turn it into something so wonderful that you forget about the bad lines and clichéd story elements and end up appreciating the overflowing emotion (not fake Hollywood emotion - it feels much more real), great cinematography (another indication of a British film), and the stunning music score (the football game scene is a work of art.)

It was a very interesting and refreshing shift in paradigm to have the leading role change from Samaire to Kevin 30 minutes into the story. However it was, at times, difficult to keep track of who each character was referring to (for example, the female character would say to the male character, "your mother…" but she would actually be referring to the girl's mother. All very complicated!)

The British director, Nick Hurran, turned a very clichéd and badly written script into something soft and emotional. He really did some amazing things to lift this movie above the typical and tacky romcoms, and took the acting, the music, and the camera, and harmonized it into an enjoyable experience for both sexes.

A very American movie, inside of a very British film. Worth seeing for this refreshing experiment alone.


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