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Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde is a 1995 British-American comedy movie inspired by Robert Stevenson's horror story, with the twist of a power-hungry female alter-ego, instead of just an evil side. The film stars Tim Daly as Jekyll and Sean Young as Hyde.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert:
    • Helen's transformations back into Richard often leave the latter in some rather embarrassing situations — from accidentally flashing Mintz's neighbors in women's lingerie (while trying to climb down the outside of his apartment building), to being stranded at a high society party in drag.
    • Later, in an attempt to convince everyone that he and Helen are the same person, Richard handcuffs himself in his office naked, in front of a video camera (assuming that he'll transform). Said transformation fails to occur, leaving him to be discovered in what looks like a very compromising position.
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  • Alliterative Name: Helen Hyde.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Helen's allure attracts every man in the office she works in, even attracting the attention of the homosexual Yves (much to his confusion).
  • All Women Are Lustful: Downplayed. Helen Hyde comes on to and sleeps with almost every man she encounters at Richard's job. However, she does so mostly to manipulate her way on top, and is quick to dismiss men who aren't instrumental to that goal. She's also the only woman who behaves this way, with her behavior contrasted with that of Sarah (who is sweet, level-headed, and faithful). Additionally, the men in the movie are just as bad, if not worse, than Helen.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: At one point, Oliver mentions liking women with balls. Then he falls into a relationship with Helen Hyde who, by the end, transforms back into Richard Jacks, stunning him in the process.
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  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: There is one joke where Richard implies a potential side effect of the antidote would be a bigger penis, then Sarah gets a bit more enthusiastic in helping him complete it.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Richard is ridiculed by his colleagues and superiors after his experiments fail. He also receives nothing but scientific notebooks after his uncle dies, while everyone else in his family inherits money, mansions, yachts, and other property.
    • Pete receives the most abuse from Helen.
  • Caught on Tape: Richard is unable to convince Sarah that he and Helen are the same person — until he shows her the security footage from his laboratory, which catches him mid-transformation.
    Richard: The next time I tell you I'm a woman, just take my word for it, okay?
  • Camp Gay: Yves DuBois.
  • Covers Always Lie: With the look he's giving on the poster, one could be forgiven in thinking that Richard is the evil one.
  • Driven to Suicide: Richard attempts to slit his wrists with a knife when faced with the possibility that Helen could take over permanently. He's unable to handle the pain, and stops.
  • Gender Bender: The film's twist has this happening, with Dr. Jekyll turned into a female version of himself.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: They managed to get away with a lot while staying with a PG-13 rating, such as Sean Young briefly appearing topless, an obvious penis bulge (which deflates, as Richard is turning into Helen) and a visible erection.
  • Groin Attack: Sarah jams the syringe of antidote right near Helen Hyde's vagina. Helen also slams a desk drawer into a man's groin.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • After being injected with the cure, Hyde gets facial stubble, then a full mustache, grows an erected penis, her breasts deflate, and she finally reverts back to Jekyll in front of a conference for the launch of a new perfume.
    • Also throughout the movie, Richard's colleague Pete goes through a painful humiliation conga from Helen's actions. She slams a desk drawer into his groin, puts acid into his experimental aftershave causing him to burn his face and finally electrocutes him by messing with a car's electrical system.
  • Ignoring by Singing: Done during one of Richard Jacks's attempts to explain his plight to Sarah.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Parodied, with meek scientist Richard Jacks turning into a lustful, cutthroat female alter ego named Helen Hyde (via a recreation of his ancestor Henry Jekyll's formula).
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: Hyde's descendant picks the first name Helen for his alter-ego after seeing the headline "Scientists Believe Mt. St-Helens May Blow Again".
  • Plot Hole: After being cured, Richard reaches under his cocktail dress and removes a lacy black thong; he tosses it aside in disgust, exclaiming "Helen and her damn thongs!" The problem is, Helen arrived at the event wearing Richard's clothing, and stole her entire outfit off a woman in the lobby. Did she steal her underwear, too?
  • No Bisexuals: Yves, who's gay, is completely confused when he's attracted to Helen Hyde (and they have sex). At the end when she turns back into Richard, he's relieved, because it means he isn't turning into a heterosexual. The idea he might be just bisexual apparently never occurs to him.
  • Raging Stiffie: After being injected with the cure, Richard's penis springs up between Helen's legs.
    Sarah: (laughing) Oh Richard.
  • Sex Shifter: The film takes the old Jekyll-and-Hyde story to another level by making Jekyll male and Hyde female.
  • Shopping Montage: Helen Hyde, fresh from the first transformation, goes shopping for clothes while Jean McClain's "Brand New Me" plays. At one point, she attempts to take out a credit card from her wallet, only to pull out Richard Jacks's ID. She quickly puts it away.
  • Shower Scene: Helen's first appearance is a shower scene, much to the delight of Pete Walker.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the 1971 Hammer Horror film Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde.
  • Spit Take
  • Split-Personality Takeover: As time goes on, Helen starts taking over Richard more and more frequently and for longer intervals. Unlike in the original story, however, he's able to prevent a full-blown takeover in the end.
  • The Vamp: Helen Hyde.

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