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 laughs. Expecting Bateman and co-star Ryan Reynolds to “find themselves” by living in each others bodies by the end? No. Just no.
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 ). Rob Schneider is no longer placed on a pedestal for one of the worst ( The Hot Chick ). Instead, he's thanking his lucky stars for The Change-Up . Holy crap -- with an emphasis on crap .
Excerpt: Jason Bateman ( Arrested Development ) and Ryan Reynolds ( Green Lantern ) tag-team this as best friends Dave and Mitch. Dave is family guy, holding down a stressful but lucrative job, while trying to grind out a marriage. Mitch is the care-free bachelor who burns through his life sleeping with random women and disappointing his father. The two are secretly unhappy with their existences and, following some weird mojo with a magic fountain, switch places. It's freaky!
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. Too bad this mediocre movie couldn't match the high audio and video quality of the Blu-ray.
Excerpt: Dave and Mitch (Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds) are best friends from childhood who have been living very different lifestyles - Dave as a high-paid lawyer with a wife and three kids, Mitch as a pot-smoking wannabe actor who sleeps with whatever woman he can get into bed. One night, they're out drinking and they cross streams while pissing in a fountain; the next day, they find they've switched bodies and are forced to live the other one's life in order to find out if the...
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 organize surprises.
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. Realistic comedies try to mine the minutiae of every day life and usually will only stretch that reality so far. Cartoony ones put their characters in ridiculous situations, using just about anything and everything no matter how ridiculous, to make the audience laugh.
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. It’s only the latest in an endless series of comic humiliations that have followed Bateman’s strange, welcome evolution from has-been ’80s-sitcom actor to peerless cinematic straight man.
Summary: 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.