The Change-Up - 4 out of 5
Has there been enough of these "body switch" films that it is now it's own genre?
Let's face it, the whole "I want your life and somehow through magic, our personalities have switched and I'm now forced to live your life in your body while you do vice versa with mine" is a very predictable and played out film that jumped the shark the day that no talent coke hound Lohan starred in one. So, can a more adult oriented version of this story make a difference? Surprisingly, yes.
|Okay, that dude's face on the right is freaking me out.|
|Oh no! It's the evil president from 24.|
Right off the bat, the movie opens with a joke that involves poop entering a man's mouth and I felt like the film was going to go that particular potty humor route--that is until the film gets kicking and it starts on a swear-driven, sex obsessed, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot route that occasionally offers up some pee-pee and poo-poo humor. But the true magic to the humor of this one goes to Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.
|This is exactly how I plan on parenting. Roaring at them like a crazy man.|
|Hmm, I see that nervous smile all the time when I flirt with women and they don't have a convenient means of escape.|
|Seriously, CGI boobs frighten me.|
Even though the CGI boobs have now given me nightmares and made me afraid of naked women, The Change-Up is a damn good comedy despite the over-done story that was beating a dead horse when the phrase "beating a dead horse" started to beat a dead horse. With the witty charm of Jason Bateman and the witty sarcasm of Ryan Reynolds (along with their ability to amazingly switch and imitate the other) really makes the film something to give a shot to.