When it comes to body-switch comedies most people think of family films likeFreaky Friday,Big,17 Again, and even,The Hot Chick. This weekend we get a new take on this old storyline, but the success or failure ofThe Change-Up is up for debate. From the director ofWedding Crashers and the writing team that brought usThe Hangover, one would think that a grown-up take on the otherwise family friendly genre, would have potential to be a success. The Change-Up, however, takes the risk of being so over the top and inappropriate that it borders on the side of an epic failure. From poor pacing and characters, that are just plain irritating, I’m sorry to report that there is very little to give praise. Having been a fan of the originalHangover and just about any project involving Jason Bateman, I was extremely excited to see this film, especially, having just having come off the amazingness that is Horrible Bosses. Unfortunately, I feel that with this film, the writing team just shot themselves in the foot and put the final nail in the coffin when their latest round of TV spots were released.
Having added only one line to their new 30-second spots, it is almost a plea for people to avoid this film like the plague. I mean, let’s be honest here, if you hear “The director ofWedding Crashers and the writers ofThe Hangover take the body-switch comedy where it's never gone before" would you really go running to the theater to check out the film? Personally, every time I hear that line I get chills from the scheer memory of how horrible this film is and the pain that I suffered watching it.
Don’t get me wrong, if you are a fan of bad jokes made in poor taste that are delivered back to back with no time to recover, than I’m sure you will enjoy this film but the overall shock value of the dialogue is caked on so heavily that there is no time to recover and truly appreciate the joke (if there is one). Truth is, the entire time I sat in the theater I seriously wished I could just reach over and smacked the stupid out of Reynolds character because it was so beyond what I was willing accept. All the while I was watching, I had only one hope and that was, that something might happen that would actually make me care for one of the characters, but sadly Bateman’s Dave Lockwood was so likeable, I wanted him to mess up somewhere and try to live a little, while Reynolds’ Mitch Planko was such an ass I just wanted someone, if not on screen, than off screen, to beat him up. What makes all of this worse is that Bateman was on such a career high that he was overdue for a bad film, and poor Reynolds is still riding off one relatively bad box office film, Green Lantern, and I was hoping this might be a step in the right direction. I can only hope that these good actors in bad films, will be short lived, because each deserves better roles than those provided inThe Change-Up.
Overall I would recommend a pass onThe Change-Up this weekend. If you are looking for a good comedy and have not yet seenHorrible Bosses that would more than make up the gaping hole brought on by David Dobkin’s latest film. I give The Change-Up a 1.5 out of 5 and highly recommend that the guys out there do not take their ladies to this film. If you want to go make it a guys night out and then compare notes on how your life compares to these guys. But if you have no interest in doing either avoid the film completely and you will be a much happier person.
Remember the old saying “Be Careful what you wish for, you just might get it”? How about “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?” Well, the comedy “The Change-Up” is a comedy that relies on one’s ability to appreciate raunchy humor and a sense of comedic irony. It would also help if the said viewer liked films such as “Freaky Friday” and “The Hot Chick” (ok, maybe those films had a better comedic quality) because … more
There are certain things you need to just plain accept as fact in order to enjoy THE CHANGE-UP. First of all, you have to accept that the notions of what it means to be a responsible adult in the film will be as cliched and contrived as they can possibly be. Past that, you need to accept that, as this is a comedy for dumb boys and from the minds of dumb boys, there will be plenty of T & A and no fart joke opportunity will be missed. Foremost though, you need to accept that two grown men can … more
Incredibly surprised how much I enjoyed watching this when I rented it. Much of its success is because of Jason Bateman's performance but even Ryan Reynolds was not bad in it at all. It is a story about 'be careful what you wish for you just might get it" and 'the grass is always greener from the other side of the fence'. This is a comedy not for kids as it contains sexuality and nudity. It is from the writers of "The Hangover". Granted the … more
Star Rating: The first forty-five minutes of The Change-Up play off of America’s seemingly insatiable appetite for raunchy humor, which this year alone has seen a tremendous surge in popularity in films such as Hall Pass, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, Bad Teacher, and The Hangover Part II. Certain scenes are so tasteless that they seem more like endurance tests rather than plot advancement. In the course of this movie, we will witness an infant projectile-defecating … more