Blake Edwards playing with questions of sexual identity again. King and Barkin share the role of a man who has his sex switched in a pact between God and the Devil. Steve Brooks (King), a sexist pig, is murdered by three of the women he has mistreated. Instead of going straight to hell, Brooks’ soul ends up in purgatory; God decides that Brooks must return to earth and find one woman who actually likes him before he can pass through the pearly gates. To spice things up, the Devil insists that he must perform this feat while inhabiting a woman’s body. Much simple comedy ensues as Brooks, waking up as Barkin, has to cope with breasts, heels and long hair, then returns to his/her career in advertising to face discrimination. There are some funny moments, and though she hams it up at times, Barkin is very good in her first comic role. But Edwards milks the comedy, keeps the sexual comment to a minimum, and brings the film to a silly, cop-out resolution.
Cast and crew
Bruce Martyn Payne