Time: 93 mins.
Genre: Slapstick Comedy
SYNOPSIS: A dying millionnaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. But something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer's body - together with the lawyer.
BOTTOM LINE: I remember when I first saw this film as a teenager, I dismissed it out of hand as just plain silly...which is exactly what I love about it as an adult. If you've never seen any of Steve Martin's early films, like THE JERK, THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS and THE LONELY GUY, you are truly missing some of the best comic work ever put on film. ALL OF ME is a little more mainstream than the others, but it's still wacky, clever and at points outright ridiculous. Martin is never afraid of looking or acting goofy and that's why I like him so much. He plays characters with heart, who you like even when you're laughing at them. ALL OF ME is no exception and he has a perfect foil in Lily Tomlin, a decent comedienne who's virtually disappeared from the film world. After watching this film, you'll actually wish she had worked more. I know it doesn't seem possible, but you'll see.
It's a fairly simple story: a musician/lawyer working for his girlfriend's father's firm becomes possessed by the soul of one of their excessively rich, bitchy clients and spends the rest of the movie trying to get her out of his body and into the proper recepticle, the young supple body of the woman's stable man's daughter. Get it? Martin plays Roger, the frustrated lawyer who really wants to be a musician, but is afraid he'll lose his girlfriend Peggy (Smith) if he chooses to pursue his dreams. So on his 38th birthday, he decides to bite the bullet and confront his future father-in-law about his prospects in the firm. He's giving up music to focus on law and he wants real clients. Mr. Schyler sends him to Edwina Cutwater's house. She's a sickly, rich woman who needs her will finalized before she dies, which should be any day now. If Roger handles this correctly, Schyler will put him on the fast track to partner.