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The Change-Up (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other's lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. -- (C) Universal Picturesmore
Rating: R (for pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Moore, Jon Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 8, 2011
Box Office: $37.0M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Ryan Reynolds
as Mitch Planko
Jason Bateman
as Dave Lockwood
Leslie Mann
as Jamie Lockwood
Olivia Wilde
as Sabrina McArdle
Alan Arkin
as Mitch's Dad
Gregory Itzin
as Flemming Steel
Ned Schmidtke
as Ted Norton
Ming Lo
as Ken Kinkabe
Sydney Rouviere
as Cara Lockwood
Dax Griffin
as Blow-Dried Goon
Matthew Cornwell
as Parks Foreman
Fred Stoller
as Movie Set PA
Faith Alhadeff
as Nicolette Peters
Luke Bain
as Peter Lockwood
Lauren Bain
as Sarah Lockwood
Kenny Alfonso
as Businessman at Sonsi...
Joe Knezevich
as Amalgamated Exec
Gabe Wood
as Neighbor
Cooper Gore
as Neighbor's Kid
T.J. Hassan
as Kinkabe Lawyer
Jeanine Jackson
as Carla Nelson
Vickie Eng
as Erin Walsh
Amber Seyer
as Beautiful Woman
Anna Colwell
as Cute Girl in Elevato...
Steven Dean Davis
as Tattoo Artist
Patricia French
as Dave's Secretary
Jeanette Miller
as Grandma Taylor
Greg Savage
as Construction Worker
Adam Boyer
as Tattoo Artist
Matthew Rimmer
as Tattoo Artist
Ken Delozier
as Minister
Anton Mertens
as Amalgamated Attorney
Paul Barlow, Jr.
as Amalgamated Attorney
Anthony Breed
as Amalgamated Attorney
Jason Benjamin
as Amalgamated Attorney
Gary Babiarz
as Amalgamated Attorney
Jeremy Lippman
as Construction Worker
Dimitrius Pulido
as Greased-Up Lorno Guy
Clay Chamberlain
as Boom Operator
Blake Goza
as First A.D.
Arin Logan
as Sexy Girl In Bar
Lindsey Blackwell
as Little Girl
Michael Beasley
as Security Guard
Clay Edmond Kraski
as Security Guard
Lindsey Walden
as Photo Double
Jeremie Lippmann
as Construction Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Change-Up

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (41)

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

Full Review… | September 14, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A disappointing body-switch comedy...

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

Cynical, tone-deaf junk that has nothing to contribute to the world but smirks and a general dismissive attitude toward human connection and interaction.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
We Got This Covered

Overlong and overly obvious

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Change-Up


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.

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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.

Josh Lewis

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.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

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