American Fable is ambitious, maybe too much so sometimes, but there's an intense pleasure in the boldness of the film's style.
We hear all the time on the talk shows from men who believe they are women trapped inside a man’s body, but what about a man trapped inside a woman’s body - against his will? That’s the peculiar experience undergone by the hero, or heroine, of Blake Edwards’ “Switch,” who begins the film as a male advertising executive named Steve and ends it as a female executive named Amanda, who is doing Steve’s job rather better than Steve ever did,
The character is played briefly at the beginning of the film by Perry King, as a male chauvinist pig who is so despised by the women in his life that some of them would like to kill him, Steve does indeed die, and goes on to the next realm, where he is informed that his behavior on Earth toward women has been so despicable that he will spend eternity in hell,
Is there any chance of an appeal? Only one, He will be sent back to Earth to search for one woman who loves him, If he can find such a person, he has a possibility of reprieve, There is a catch, He will return to Earth as a woman, to see what it feels like, Steve is caught up in some kind of magical heavenly process, and wakes up the next morning as Ellen Barkin - who plays the lead for the rest of the film, in a performance of true comic invention,
Barkin has always been an aggressive, self-confident actress with a touch of the masculine in her behavior, Remember her great scene in “Sea of Love,” where she pinned Al Pacino against the wall and had her way with him? Playing a man trapped inside her own body, she has fun with every possibility in the role - from peering in astonishment down the front of her blouse to staggering around the office in high heels,