Rated R · 112 minutes · 2011

Two good comedic actors wallow in muck for nearly two hours—and almost make that muck digestible. Ryan Reynolds plays a playboy, and Jason Bateman plays his best friend, a tightly wound lawyer with three kids. They go out for a night of drinking, and while pissing in a fountain together (as guys so often do), they wish they had each other’s lives. They switch bodies, which gives each actor the chance to perform the other’s mannerisms. Reynolds has more to work with here, and he successfully captures Bateman’s tendency to repeat the ends of sentences. Bateman is simply asked to curse a lot, because we heard the Reynolds character cursing up a storm before the body switch. The two guys learn valuable lessons about life … blah, blah, blah. Poo jokes, scary sex stuff and basic vulgarity follow, and it doesn’t add up to a good time. Director David Dobkin made Wedding Crashers, but he also made the lousy Fred Claus. This one is closer to Fred Claus.
Official Site: www.thechangeupmovie.com
Director: David Dobkin
Producer: David Dobkin, Neal H. Moritz, Joseph Caracciolo Jr., Ori Marmur, Jeff Kleeman and Jonathon Martin
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Craig Bierko, Gregory Itzin, Alan Arkin, Mircea Monroe, Ned Schmidtke, Ming Lo, Sydney Rouviere and Andrea Moore


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Indy Week The Change-Up banks on our appetite for excrement Jason Bateman does his most scene-stealing work when he's adorably sleazy, and Ryan Reynolds is a lot more appealing when he's not in asshole mode. by Craig D. Lindsey 08/03/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta The Change-Up is a lot funnier than you'd think Hollywood's latest take on the body-swap comedy is just tasteless enough by Debbie Michaud 08/05/2011
Colorado Springs Independent The swap meat: The Change-Up Here's the ugly truth about genre film formulas: They generally exist for good reason. by Scott Renshaw 08/04/2011
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Charleston City Paper The Change-Up mixes up a formula in ways that don’t make sense. Whatever entertaining comedy there is to be found in The Change-Up probably comes from its adherence to precedent; its disappointments rest squarely on its misguided attempts to think outside the "body swap" box. by Scott Renshaw 08/03/2011
The Coast Halifax The Change-Up a cringeworthy bro-mance Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman make crude comedy barely watchable by Molly Segal 08/04/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Change-Up, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help. 08/04/2011

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