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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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[A] largely uninspired identity-switch comedy.
The main draw here is the raucous fun to be had watching each character inhabit the other's underpants.
You'd have to call the whole undertaking workmanlike rather than inspired.
We may have seen this stuff before but it could have been so much worse.
Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor.
This comedy doesn't work very well.
For audiences in need of a boost, "God Bless the Broken Road" might offer just enough of a payoff to justify a few rough patches.
Reynolds tries and if you find him or this sort of teen-bop movie appealing, you may find something to enjoy. If you're repulsed by both, I suggest avoiding Dobkin's latest effort like the plague.
Although the lack of originality of the concept really brings down its appeal, audiences will enjoy watching this recycled story unfold with the two newest performances.
If you still enjoy the sort of bathroom humor that had you in hysterics back in grade school, this movie delivers those juvenile gags (in every sense of the word) in droves.
R-rated comedies these days, like 'The Hangover' and 'Bad Santa,' employ a relentless bombardment of cheap, gross toilet humor and nonstop cursing -- because it usually works.
A disappointing body-switch comedy...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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