Genetics (2007) – By Duane L. Martin

 Genetics is the story of two girls and an event that changes them both.  They both think that life dealt them a certain hand, and that’s what they had to play rather than doing anything to change their situations.  One was a rich girl who could afford all the plastic surgery and enhancements she could ever want, yet had no real direction or place in life.  The other was a dumpy, boozing, waste of a woman with bad teeth.  A chance encounter had the two women fighting in the park near some weird ionized water pipes (or something like that) and suddenly they switched bodies.  Now the hot, arrogant one was in the body of the boozing dumpy one, and vice versa.  Each went on their way.  The paths they took though in their new bodies, gave them both a new appreciation for life and make them work hard to better themselves.  It just took one of them a little longer to get there.

This movie has a good story to tell and a good lesson for everyone who watches it.  You don’t have to just accept what life has given you.  You can make positive changes in your life and make things better for yourself.  That’s a good lesson that everyone should take to heart.  As for the film itself, it’s sort of a mixed bag.  It has some really good aspects to it and some that weren’t so good.  Here’s the rundown…

The good:

The story: While the whole switching bodies thing has been done many, many times, in this case it actually served a greater purpose in being the key element that triggers both of these women realizing that they can change their lives for the better.  The switching of the bodies though is only a minor part of the story in that they don’t really make a big production out of it.  It’s little more than a trigger for the coming events, and there’s not this constant struggle for each girl to get back into their own bodies that you find in other stories of this type.  They just deal with the situation and do the best they can, which is what leads to them learning some valuable life lessons.  The story was well thought out and very thoughtful and original in its approach to the subject.  When it was over I felt like a really good life lesson had been conveyed in a way that was not only enjoyable, but also in a way that didn’t come off as being too preachy.

The not so good:

The acting:  The acting in this film ranged from bad (not horrible), to pretty good.  The bad ones tended to be all the side characters, while the two main characters were much better in their performances.  I think my biggest problem with the acting (and the dialogue), and this goes for the other movie on the disc called "The Cartel" as well, which I’m also reviewing in this issue, is that it all sounded like some kind of a theatrical play rather than a movie.  Those of you who’ve seen stage plays will understand what I’m talking about.  The dialogue in a stage play tends to be much stiffer and less natural sounding than film dialogue which tends to be more realistic and natural.  While this wasn’t necessarily bad, it was noticeable and it did kinda stick with me that it was somewhat awkward to be hearing that kind of dialogue in a film.

Other than that the film was well done.  All the technical aspects were there, the editing moved the story along nicely and kept it well paced, and when it was over and I thought about what I had just seen, I found that I had really enjoyed this film.  It really impressed me that it managed to give its message without being preachy.  I despise it when a "message" film gets all preachy about what it’s trying to convey.  This one didn’t and in fact found some fun in the message, including an utterly stomach turning scene involving bacon and bacon grease.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out the film’s website at  Again, this film and "The Cartel" are on a double feature DVD release.