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It's a Boy Girl Thing is a 2006 body-swap Gender Bender romantic comedy starring Samaire Armstrong and Kevin Zegers.

Nell (Armstrong) and Woody (Zegers) are high school students and life long neighbours who have always got on each other's nerves: she is an uptight straight-A student and he is a popular football jock. On a field trip to a museum they start arguing in front of the statue of an Aztec god. The following morning they wake up in each other's bodies and Hilarity Ensues...

This film contains examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Breanna, though she's more stupid and shallow than actually malicious.
  • Bad Hair Day: One of Nell's difficulties the day of the field trip, the result of the Roadside Wave while walking to school.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Nell and Woody, though only after being forced to cooperate with one another. Beforehand, all indications are that they genuinely hated each other.
  • Book Dumb: Woody is a classic example, being a genius on the football field but a lousy student at best.
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  • Brainy Brunette: The intellectual Nell who has short brown hair.
  • Call-Back: Woody (in Nell's body) turns on Nell's stereo, hears "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John and promptly turns it off in annoyance after a few seconds. Later on, Nell (in Woody's body) tries to get Horse to listen to the same song in the car - he doesn't like it either. This is also kind of Biting-the-Hand Humor, because Elton John was the executive producer of the movie itself.
  • Character Development: Noticeable for both protagonists, but especially for Woody, who starts off as a major jerk toward more people than just Nell.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Over and over, we are shown Woody's love of early 2000s rap. When he needs to instead express his love of modern poetry to the Yale interviewer, what better medium is there than Eminem?
  • Didn't Think This Through: Woody's cunning plan to get Nell a reputation as being a slut falls apart when Woody realizes just who is going to be experiencing the drunken sex.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: While they're all various states of undress in the boys' locker room, Horse says he'd like Woody to rub his purple helmet for luck; meaning a football helmet Horse has right there with him. Why, what did you think he meant?
  • Everyone Has Standards: As Horse noted to Nell (in Woody's body), Woody has always been the "faithful type" when it comes to relationships whilst Horse gloats that he regularly cheats on his girlfriend. This shows that even in the past, as much of a jerk Woody was, he would never cheat on his girlfriend.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Or cat, in this case. Nell's pet cat is somehow able to detect the body swap and definitely does not like Woody in Nell's body, hissing and scratching at "her" the morning after the swap.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Nell and Woody wake up in each other's bodies after an Aztec statue casts a spell on them.
  • Future Loser: What Woody fears being, deep down. Thankfully, he and Nell both earned their happy ending and learned to respect each other.
  • Gender Bender: Via the "Freaky Friday" Flip.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Played With, Nell wears panties with the days of the week printed out on them, which Woody-in-Nell's body is rather weirded out by. Amusingly given his macho jock persona, he seems more outraged by the print itself than by the prospect of having to wear girl's underwear.
  • Going Commando: After being unable to figure out how to put on Nell's bra Woody gives up and declares "Looks like we're going au naturel."
  • Grammar Nazi: Nell and her father.
  • Jerk Jock: Horse, who's a serial womanizer and philanderer. We're not really given any indications that he's ever been a bad friend to Woody though.
  • Missed the Bus: One of Nell's difficulties the day of the field trip.
  • Meaningful Name: Woody, who evidently wakes up every morning with one.
  • Naked Freak-Out: Nell when her top is torn off and she's accidentally topless in front of Woody.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Invoked with Horse, to some extent.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Sharon Osbourne makes no effort to get rid of her British accent even though she is supposed to be as American as the rest of the cast.
  • Raging Stiffie: When Nell first wakes up in Woody's body she has morning wood, much to her horror.
  • Roadside Wave: One of Nell's difficulties the day of the field trip, intentionally caused by Woody and Horse as she walks to school after missing the bus.
  • The Scream: Heard from afar when Woody-as-Nell towel-flicks a classmate in the showers.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: In order to ruin Nell's reputation, Woody begins dressing extremely provocatively while in her body. He quits when, as mentioned above, he realizes just who is the one experiencing all this.
  • Stripping Snag: Nell's pajama top is ripped off when it gets caught in her window, causing her to flash her neighbor by accident.
  • Toplessness from the Back: When Woody in Nell's body is trying to put on a bra.
  • The Trickster: The oh-so slippery Tezcatlipoca.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: With Nell as the uptight to Woody's wild.
  • Voices Are Mental: When Woody and Nell swap bodies their voices stay with the bodies, but the thoughts of the characters are given as voiceovers in the possessors' voice.