The Change-Up

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.

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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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