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 … More

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
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as Mitch Planko

as Dave Lockwood

as Jamie Lockwood

as Sabrina McArdle

as Mitch's Dad

as Flemming Steel

as Ted Norton

as Ken Kinkabe

as Cara Lockwood

as Blow-Dried Goon

as Parks Foreman

as Movie Set PA

as Nicolette Peters

as Peter Lockwood

as Sarah Lockwood

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as Amalgamated Exec

as Neighbor

as Neighbor's Kid

as Kinkabe Lawyer

as Carla Nelson

as Erin Walsh

as Beautiful Woman

as Cute Girl in Elevato...

as Tattoo Artist

as Dave's Secretary

as Grandma Taylor

as Construction Worker

as Tattoo Artist

as Tattoo Artist

as Minister

as Amalgamated Attorney

as Amalgamated Attorney

as Amalgamated Attorney

as Amalgamated Attorney

as Amalgamated Attorney

as Construction Worker

as Greased-Up Lorno Guy

as Boom Operator

as First A.D.

as Sexy Girl In Bar

as Little Girl

as Security Guard

as Security Guard

as Photo Double

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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