The Change-Up

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Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in The Change-Up
It’s ‘Freaky Friday’ with F-words and boobies as this body-swap comedy goes grown-up in search of laughs. Jason Bateman is the serious one (married, kiddies, lawyer, stressed), Ryan Reynolds the dude (single, womanising, jobbing actor, unfulfilled), and courtesy of a magic fountain from the ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ school of ironically dumb plot devices, each gets to experience the other’s life. The film’s moralising agenda is swiftly apparent, and pretty one-sided it is too, since Bateman’s return to the bachelor lifestyle has him longing for hearth and home, while Reynolds’s preview of adulthood proves a wake-up call to embrace responsibility. All thuddingly obvious – though, to be fair, sundry outrageous comedy moments keep it lively enough in the meantime, even if the spraying poo and porn-actress gags are more effortful than a spirited sequence where laidback Reynolds tackles childcare. Thanks to a likeable Bateman and a sterling Leslie Mann as his long-suffering/devoted missus, it plays – though you’d have to call the whole undertaking workmanlike rather than inspired.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday September 16 2011
Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Dobkin
Cast: Ryan Reynolds
Jason Bateman
Leslie Mann

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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It’s been a while that I laughed a lot for movie and “Change-up� did it for me. I totally recommend every one to watch it; you will have great time watching it. I’ll give it 9.5/10. Avtransfer.co.uk | computerszone.co.uk | happytobuy.co.uk

Love Avtion

It’s been a while that I laughed a lot for movie and “Change-up� did it for me. I totally recommend every one to watch it; you will have great time watching it. I’ll give it 9.5/10. Avtransfer.co.uk | computerszone.co.uk | happytobuy.co.uk

scrumpyjack

Easy to forget that, after a summer of "penis/Vagina" obsessed 15 raters, this is a decent flick. Like to see 50% less crudity in these types next year (a decent balance between 12a/15 instead of the gulf we have now) but won't hold my breath. 6/10

pipsqueek

Yes, of course it was predictable, story line, gags n all, but it was also funny and the audience around me seemed to think so too. It was good to see a romcom being a little more grown up and a little more realistic as it floated in its world of fantasy.