The Change-Up (2011)
Dir: David Dobkin
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds
The latest body swap comedy, The Change-Up stars Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds as best friends who live very different lives. While one is an exhausted family man on the verge of a partnership at his law firm, the other is a bachelor with a string of women on his speed dial. No prizes for guessing who plays who, Reynolds is, of course, the bachelor, Mitch. Bateman is the worn out family man/lawyer, Dave.
After a drunken night out, both men ending wishing for each other’s lives. After a magical moment in a fountain, they somehow swap bodies…
I saw The Change-Up at Empire Presents… BIG SCREEN a few weeks ago. I chose it because, after two days full of movie-related madness, I thought I’d appreciate a comedy that I could just switch off to and enjoy.
While the plot isn’t that original, I did enjoy The Change-Up. It is very, very rude, though. The opening scene, where one of Bateman’s children… erm… backfires, sets the tone for the rest of the film. They are cheap – and obvious – laughs but, it is entertaining. The more serious aspects of the story, however, don’t really sit right. Dave’s wife, played by Leslie Mann, believes she is neglected. Mann’s heartful emotion seems to be at odds with the rest of the film.
I’d recommend The Change-Up as a Saturday night flick with your friends.