Terry Kelleher
January 25, 1999 12:00 PM

ABC (Sun., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

Cute kids, fantasy plot, silly comedy—sounds like a routine Wonderful World of Disney movie, big-name director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) notwithstanding. But A Saintly Switch had me in stitches, thanks to David Alan Grier. The children (Shadia Simmons and Scott Owen Cumberbatch) cast a magic spell that causes their dad (In Living Color alumnus Grier) and mom (Vivica A. Fox, late of Getting Personal) to trade personalities. So Grier gets to play a woman trapped in the male body of a New Orleans Saints quarterback, and he runs with the opportunity as if this were the Super Bowl of farce. Illogic and sexist stereotypes abound, but just try not to laugh when Grier takes the snap from center with eyes closed and body braced for a bruising. Fox’s macho swagger isn’t bad, either.

Bottom Line: Touchdown

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