Excerpt: You can’t start a movie with Jason Bateman taking a projectile stream of baby diarrhea in the mouth and expect audiences to fill in the emotional mold forming later. Sure, if you’re a body switching movie, replete with all of the modern irritations the genre brings with it, you can play it for...
Excerpt: The Film The body-switching genre is certainly nothing new. In fact, there have been so many of these "I wish I had your life" movies, that yes, it's actually a genre. There are some good ones ( Freaky Friday ) and some bad ( Like Father, Like Son ).
Conclusion: No need to rehash or open not-so-old wounds. I didn't like The Change-Up -- at all -- but you know the drill: you might think it's hilarious. Comedy is arguably more subjective than any other genre, so if you have any love at all for Bateman or Reynolds, a rental is probably in order.
Conclusion: Individually, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds are hilarious - but for some reason the filmmakers didn't trust them to do their own thing, so they added a high amount of lowest-common-denominator humor and dumbed it down. The first half is mostly terrible, but the second half finds its footing.
Excerpt: Thanks to various works from Judd Apatow and the smash success of "The Hangover," the summer of 2011 has played host to a resurgence of hard R-rated comedies, each sharing the same improvisational DNA while declining a cheery spirit of punchline imagination, more content to primitively shock than...
Excerpt: The Change-Up exists in a still relatively new kind of comedy genre, popularized most recently by The Hangover . Before The Hangover most funny movies fell into one of two categories: cartoony or realistic.
Excerpt: Before establishing Jason Bateman ’s character as an overachiever of Obama-like dimensions, the ridiculous new body-switch comedy The Change-Up feels the need to drop a giant clump of baby shit into his mouth. Before it can build Bateman up, it must first tear him down.