The Change-Up

The Change-Up

(2011)

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in this comedy about two best friends who, after a drunken night out, awake to find themselves trapped in the body of the other. From the director of The Wedding Crashers.... More

Best buds since they were kids, Dave (Bateman) is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch (Reynolds) has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child. To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie, kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch’s stress free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true.

Following the body-switch, further complicating things are Dave’s sexy legal associate, Sabrina (Olivia Wilde), and Mitch’s estranged father. With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave struggle to avoid completely destroying each other’s lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.Hide

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Gleefully anti-PC, David Dobkin's R-rated body swap bromance comes across as trying a little too hard. Like the Farrelly's Hall Pass, Change-Up mines the comedy from married men attempting to behave badly, but here with added swears and boobies.... More

Whilst Bateman, reprising his uptight Horrible Bosses shtick, makes for a good straight man, Reynolds struggles with his bad-boy role, only looking comfortable after the initial switch takes place. Kudos to Hangover scribes Lucas and Moore for attempting to explore the darker, adult possibilities of a body swap scenario but somewhere along the line their tonal and taste levels went askew. Similarly raunchy films like Hall Pass, Wedding Crashers, Knocked Up and American Pie were balanced by an underlying sweetness and strong female characters, here the likes of Olivia Wilde and Leslie Mann are reduced to career-climbing, sex-hungry, tits out (although, sorry boys, Wilde's are covered) caricatures.

Worse still, despite all the potty talk (literally in some cases), gratuitous nudity and gross-out gags, the film still insists on towing the "family must come first'' and "everybody learns a lesson'' Hollywood party line. Even the most ardent "adult'' comedy fans will emerge feeling slightly dirty and more than just vaguely disappointed.Hide


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BY RealityCheck superstar

If you've seen 'Visa-Versa' or 'Freaky Friday' then this is yet another film you can afford to miss. Its the new version (but with couple of men) of that old swapping bodies story, is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? It all ends with the inevitable hugs & everyone learnt something to help them become better people... blah blah blah. Maybe Hollywood endings are...... all that can be delivered, but surely we should strive for a more substantial, digestable human growth... More ending?... Still, with Ryan Renolds and Jason Bateman (both whom I like) some very funny lines, and some good laughs, just not enough to make it worthwhile. Pop-corn Rom/Com at its best.
Genre : Romantic, comedy, adult themes
2/5 : its a remake, I think Im over it, unless they're really goodHide


BY JayC4Shaw superstar

I loved the sense of humour. However the married man seems to on one side extremely care for his wife when talking with her, but then on the other side, if given the chance he wanted to cheat. It was just fortunate that the first time he wanted to, the girl was pregnant and the second time, Olivia Wilde had a specific butterfly tattoo on. I dunno, that is taking it to the extremes for him, it could have been more well rounded with as much temptation, but with different reasons for deciding not... More to. However I do like the ending and the way it panned out. The wife actress is always the same character in her movies. The wife who has a problem in her marridge. ALl in all this was okay.Hide


BY Buket wannabe

Although an easy watch there's not much too this movie to make it stand out form any other comedy. It failed to deliver any laugh out loud moments for me however if rude and crude is your type of comedy than enjoy


BY munchkin superstar

This is one I am hoping to see like many of His movies there mostly aimed at chicks and who can blame him he is rather cute and personally I find he is very funny and a good actor and have liked 90% of his movies


The Press Reviews

25% of critics recommend.
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  • David Dobkin’s film has the faults of raucous recent scatological comedies like Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, and The Hangover Part II with none of their redeeming facets. Full Review

  • Despite the promise of the title, this a fairly stale offering, plodding through the beats of a well-worn subgenre but failing to add much more than a foul mouth. Full Review

  • What entertainment the film offers is that of the familiar and inevitable. Full Review

  • Some comedies have the knack for affrontery and shock value; The Change-Up, written by The Hangover team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, merely has the will to offend. Full Review

  • The premise at least sets up a farce that surpasses The Hangover in gleeful crudeness and profanity. Full Review

  • There are some gross but comically effective reveals, and the movie's fish-out-of-water scenes are horrible and funny at the same time. Full Review

  • If Freaky Friday had an impudent, foul-mouthed little brother, it would be The Change-Up, an often needlessly crass, bromance-oriented spin on the body-swap comedy. Full Review

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