The Change-Up


The Change-Up

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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 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 Pictures

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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 Sonsie Cafe
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 Elevator
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
Jeremie Lippmann
as Construction Worker
Lindsey Walden
as Photo Double
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Critic Reviews for The Change-Up

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (44)

[A] largely uninspired identity-switch comedy.

Sep 15, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Sep 14, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Sep 14, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

We may have seen this stuff before but it could have been so much worse.

Sep 6, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor.

Aug 10, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

This comedy doesn't work very well.

Aug 8, 2011
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for The Change-Up

[img][/img] 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
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
Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer


Maybe I shouldn't admit it - look how hard the critics were on this movie! - but I laughed my head off watching this film. Dude comedy of the crassest, highest order full of breasts and feces and a ridiculous premise. Even if the script were awful - it's not so bad - I can see why Reynolds (whose character is a floundering, stoner actor) and Bateman (a family-oriented lawyer on the verge of making partner at his firm) would take these roles: they're challenging. I thought that though Bateman had moments of hilarity in the scenes where the Reynolds tried to get out, Reynolds was much better at maintaining the "I've got Jason Bateman inside of me" illusion in all of his scenes. In fact, I'd go so far as to say he impressed me; I've not seen a lot of his movies, but few seem to have required heavy acting. As for this film: the ethical dilemmas that crop up are brushed over and done away with, and of course, all must be set right by the end, but in all The Change-Up is a fun, stupid movie - and I mean that as a compliment.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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