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 film is predictable if you've seen movies of this kind. I thought the direction manages to find its footing around the raunchy jokes, potty-mouth humor and obligatory dialogue. This is the kind of comedy that you really don't need to think about, and it is a ride that is meant to distract. It works in ways, although, it was too bad it all begins to wear thin by the second half of the film. [3+ Out of 5 Stars]
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
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
When it comes to body-switch comedies most people think of family films like Freaky 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 of The Change-Up is up for debate. From the director of Wedding Crashers and the writing team that brought us The 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 … more