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A successful but outrageously rude businesswoman (Regina Hall) learns to be more considerate after a little girl (Marley Taylor) casts a spell that turns her back into a 13-year-old middle schooler (Marsai Martin) and the only person she can share her secret with is her much-put-upon personal assistant (Issa Rae). Wholly unconnected to anything in the real world, director and co-writer Tina Gordon's comic fantasy does initially produce some laughs as Hall's rampaging character rips all around her to shreds. But much of the later humor is vulgar, a low ebb being reached in a sequence about the schoolgirl's very age-inappropriate effort to flirt with her handsome teacher (Justin Hartley). As for the older version of the protagonist, she has a sleep-in boyfriend (Luke James) with whom she won't even cohabit for fear of commitment. Uneven mix of effective and distasteful gags.

Watch out for: A premarital relationship, much sexual humor, drug use, a couple of mild oaths, occasional crude and crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13

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