Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in 'The Change-Up': movie review
Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman are old friends with wildly different lifestyles who find themselves inhabiting each other's bodies, and comedy ensues in this fairly crude farce 'The Change-Up.'
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The â€śFreaky Fridayâ€ť-style premise of â€śThe Change-Up,â€ť directed by David Dobkin, brings together Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman as longtime buddies who end up inhabiting each otherâ€™s bodies and lives. Reynoldsâ€™s Mitch is a gadabout slacker while Batemanâ€™s Dave is an overworked lawyer with a stunning wife (Leslie Mann) and cute babies. Weâ€™re supposed to accept the fact that each man secretly envies the otherâ€™s life even though the movie doesnâ€™t make a terribly good case for either manâ€™s existence (especially Mitchâ€™s).
The switcheroo happens when, after a drunken night out in which they urinate into a wishing pond, the men wake up in each otherâ€™s bodies. (Whatever happened to "When You Wish Upon a Starâ€ť?) From then on, predictable consequences ensue, leading up to the inevitable moment of realization that life was better in the original body.
Bateman, as always, is surpassingly good, even when the material isnâ€™t (as in the horrible â€śHorrible Bossesâ€ť). Olivia Wilde has a slinky cameo as a legal assistant and Alan Arkin is onscreen too briefly as Mitchâ€™s exasperated father. He should be inhabiting another movie. Grade: C+ (Rated R for pervasive strong, crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity, and drug use.)