Two talented young actors do their careers no good at all in It's A Boy Girl Thing, an inane rom-com involving that hoariest of fantasy conceits, the supernatural body-swap. More The Hot Chick than Freaky Friday, Nick Hurran's film has Kevin 'Transamerica' Zegers and Samaire 'Entourage' Armstrong as bickering next-door neighbours given the old switcheroo by a mischievous Mayan god. Said deity, alas, is the only character with anything approaching a sense of humour in this leaden, sexist clunker.
At first glance, high-school jock Woody Deane (Zegers) and "pencil-neck virgin" Nell Bedworth (Armstrong) have little more than their zip codes in common. Once they wake up in each other's bodies, though, they are forced to rely on each other like never before in order to land him the football scholarship he needs to escape his trailer-trash parents (Maury Chaykin and Sharon Osbourne), and her the place at Yale she's been coveting since childhood.
Unfortunately, Little Black Book director Hurran and Kinky Boots writer Geoff Deane can't resist saddling their slender gender-bender premise with sniggering nods to more base concerns - Zegers trying to quell a morning erection, for example, or Armstrong's awkward first trip to the bathroom. The latter, it must be said, proves more adept than the former in conveying the conflict between her masculine and feminine sides. But there is surely something rather misogynistic in the way that, where Woody/Nell adapts perfectly well to his altered circumstances, Nell/Woody instantly mutates into a weepily neurotic headcase.