Directed by Joel Souza, Christmas Trade is similar to 18 Again or Freaky Friday. Only this time it is during Christmas. Mitch Taylor, played by William Baldwin, is a workaholic attorney and widowed with a 12 year-old son, Robbie, played by Michael Campion.
Of late, Mitch is having a hard time balancing his life as a dad and as a bread winner. He is really trying to be a good dad, keep his demanding, hard nose boss happy while struggling to make partner of the law firm. Even his impatient girlfriend is a great effort for him to maintain the relationship. He feels he can’t keep up with it all.
Add to the fact that Robbie has troubles of his own with the school bully. Robbie has become the bully’s most recent target. That is not all. There is a girl he likes while trying not to be a complete geek in front of her. There is nothing he can do as he has unwillingly been cast as lead role in the Christmas Pageant.
Robbie hopes his dad will celebrate Christmas they way they should celebrate the holidays, but he didn’t last year and isn’t certain about this year. They both think the other has the best life, being grown up and independent to being young without any responsibilities. Then, a strange toy mysteriously causes them to switch bodies. The father and son are required to experience what it’s like to spend the holidays in each other’s bodies.
This was an amusing, family friendly movie in tandem, yet the acting was not impressive. The story was pleasing and produced bit of fun for my family.