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The Change-Up (2011)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 110

There's a certain amount of fun to be had from watching Bateman and Reynolds play against type, but it isn't enough to carry The Change-Up through its crude humor and formulaic plot.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 34

There's a certain amount of fun to be had from watching Bateman and Reynolds play against type, but it isn't enough to carry The Change-Up through its crude humor and formulaic plot.



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Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they've slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other's bodies and proceed to freak the &*#@ out. Despite the



Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Nov 8, 2011


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All Critics (149) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (110) | DVD (3)

You'd have to call the whole undertaking workmanlike rather than inspired.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (5)
Houston Chronicle
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This comedy doesn't work very well.

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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It's occasionally funny and a lot painful...

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)
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The Change-Up goes downhill faster than a snowboarder strapped to a jetpack.

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (5)
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Bateman, as always, is surpassingly good, even when the material isn't.

August 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Cynical, tone-deaf junk that has nothing to contribute to the world but smirks and a general dismissive attitude toward human connection and interaction.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

The Change-Up is a comedy that can't find it's proper place in the demographic of anyone by freakishly pushing the boundaries of taste.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Overlong and overly obvious

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It's easy to recommend The Change-Up for its over-the-top laughs and a pair of solid leads that succeed in offering a raunchy twist on a familiar formula.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

A foul misfire that favors sex and gross-out gags over its somewhat affecting plot about married life and single life, and the sacrifices we all make for one or the other.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

The key to the film is the chemistry between Reynolds and Bateman, who work off each other but can also be very funny in their own scenes.

January 22, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Luckily (Bateman and Reynolds') comic timing is convincing, otherwise this would be a total waste of time.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

The posters promise a film from the director of Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin) and the writers of The Hangover (Jon Lucas/Scott Moore). Pure rubbish ( ... ) would have been more accurate.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Comments (2)
Birmingham Mail

Rude, coarse and morally repugnant.

September 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Comments (3)
Birmingham Post

What is different from previous examples of the body-swap genre, such as Big and Freaky Friday, is the full-on gross-out humour the film supplies instead of wit and charm.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Like the copious pooh that his baby son squirts into Bateman's mouth during a nappy change, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

September 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The poop jokes are the only memorable ones.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Might have been a decent piece of entertainment.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Universal Pictures brings you more vile rubbish from the writers of Four Christmases and The Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, and the director of Fred Claus.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

[A] largely uninspired identity-switch comedy.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

The writers keep the swift chatter coming, and the stars have a good time assuming each other's personas.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Flee, flee from all of it.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comments (2)
Daily Telegraph

The body-swap comedy gets a mighty shake-up here, with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman cheerfully breaking all the boundaries of taste.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Even the most ardent 'adult' comedy fans will emerge feeling slightly dirty and more than just vaguely disappointed.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

The main draw here is the raucous fun to be had watching each character inhabit the other's underpants.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Change-Up

The 1980's called, it wants its film back. Actually, its changed its mind, you can keep it. How long can the body-swap story-line work for? Anyway, although this kind of comedy isn't my thing it does have its place and serves a purpose. Well, sometimes anyway. I'm no prude but the swearing was overused. I love swearing, I do it all the fucking time but when it's overdone it looses its purpose and becomes annoying and redundant and certainly not funny. The film is part 'gross-out' (a term I dislike) and part 'Shock tactic', although the two generally go hand in hand these days leaving little room for decent writing. Okay, so you could argue that I'm taking it all a little bit too seriously but I'd have to ask why every actress had to get naked at least once? They were either portraying the nagging wife or a sex doll. Doesn't anyone find that a tiny bit wrong? As a man, I also feel a little tired of being stereotyped by Hollywood as it seems we are either sex pests or autistic businessmen. But the swearing makes it funny right? Or was it the baby smashing its head against the wall, was that the funny bit? The story is far too exaggerated too but then in the end all is back to normal and there are no repercussions whatsoever! Wow, did David Dobkin really write this or did he copy it off a 12 year old boy? Or is he just a unimaginative man that has somehow hit the big time and made it big in Hollywood because Hollywood has become a big dumbed-down money making cesspit of bad ideas?
June 3, 2014

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So it turned out to be funnier than I thought it was going to be. I chuckled a couple times, but it doesn't work on so many levels. It relies on a very unoriginal premise that we've seen countless times before and gross out gags that it too often, and embarassingly proudly, poses as witty and hilarious good humour. Consequently it's simply juvenille and mediocre. The Change-Up is pretty much a post Hangover comedy flick that thinks what made The Hangover as funny as it was meant shouting, swearing, and flinging poo everywhere in our faces. It's lead Jason Bateman is more than capable of taking on comedy roles and he has proven that many times in the past. He's above teeth grittingly low brow films like this. On a positive note, he and Ryan Reynolds are perfectly cast and naturally make a screen couple with comedic timing. Unfortunately that chemistry would have worked so much better if they were together on a project with superior material to offer. Essentialy what they're given is a boring, predictable, forgettable, ocassionaly sweet but ultimately dislikable comedy that has nothing more to offer than a few cheap laughs. It's downfall is due in most part to it's increasingly familiar jokes, that it even at times struggles to duplicate.
August 12, 2012
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It's not nearly as funny as it thinks it is, but rather crude and underwhelming considering the talent involved. It could have been much funnier. It's formulaic and far too long. It does have a few (and I mean few) funny parts, but for the most part I was just watching in disgust at what was happening on screen. Leslie Mann gives a solid performance, but this is the same shtick we've seen from Reynolds and Bateman their whole career.
July 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

Like Freaky Friday with a lot more dude humor and tits. I love Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.. I don't think they could have gotten two better guys.
April 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Dave: He didn't tell me you were a big, fat, fucking boner.
    – Submitted by Mateja J (2 years ago)
    1. Sabrina: So, ah, I'll have my briefs on your desk by lunch.
    2. Dave: That puts my balls on your chin by dinner.
    – Submitted by Patrick P (2 years ago)
    1. Mitch: Ohhh, look at these little... fuckers!
    – Submitted by Patrick P (2 years ago)
    1. Mitch: Cause all Tatiana wants to do at three in the morning is...
    – Submitted by Patrick P (2 years ago)
    1. Jamie: Before making any decision in your life, no matter how small, call your wife first. Think of yourself as a brain-damaged mule, lost in a desert, helpless, dumb, and in constant need of direction. Never take the initiative, never strike out on your own, and never deviate from the plan. Why? Because you're a brain-damaged mule and you're lost in the damn desert!
    – Submitted by Sergey K (2 years ago)
    1. Mitch Planko: Life doesn't always turn out exactly how you plan it. Sometimes, just sometimes, it turns out better.
    – Submitted by Daniel A (2 years ago)
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