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The Change-Up falls in to the comedy genre. We''re introduced to Dave Lockwood, a hard-working & successful lawyer, juggling a busy schedule with his wife Jamie, their two young children plus one baby. His childhood friend Mitch, however, is quite the opposite; single, not always in good employment but always up for taking the easy options and shirking responsibility. But that''s all about to change. Whilst drunkenly weeing in a water fountain the two wish they had each other''s lives just as lightning strikes. Well, as the saying goes, you should be careful what you wish for when publically urinating in a fountain! The next day they wake up in each other''s bodies. After the initial freak-out, they decide they need to go back to the fountain to reverse the wish. However, it''s been moved. Dun dun duuuuuuuun! Whilst they try to track down where it''s gone, they realise that they need act ?normally'', because no one would believe them otherwise. This gets rather confusing, trying to mentally switch the characters in your head. The rest of the film follows these two guys in their friend''s life. It''s literally a case of one walking in the other''s shoes and they get a bit of a surprise. It''s a bit of a drama in one sense because it has moral undertones and makes you reflect a bit on your own life. However, it''s predominantly a comedic romp with the two characters fluffing up, making mistakes, making fools of themselves and generally getting in to mischief. The premise is nothing new and is really just a slight slant on older movies where two people change bodies. Ring any bells? Yep, sure does. I hated the whole peeing in the fountain then lightning striking jazz. It was cheesy and irritating, but it was somewhat in keeping with the tone of the film. The fountain mysteriously being moved, however, was the point where I sighed and thought I really need to pick better movies to watch. It was fairly amusing at times to watch each guy trying hard not to completely ruin the other''s life. The comedy was a mix between silliness, which I''m not a big fan of, and almost sarcastic quips, which I prefer. I did think it could have been sharper and more witty to have made it more appealing. That said, the two guys, Bateman in particular, helped to bring the funny elements out well simply because of how they come across. The cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde and Leslie Mann, amongst others. Reynolds'' performance is unlikely to win awards and he was a little irritating at times, but he wasn''t overly bad. Bateman helped in this respect because I do find him quite watchable. Together they made a good team, and this was supported well by Leslie, who provided was more down-to-earth. This won''t win awards and it''s not really anything original, but for a light-hearted bit of entertainment you could do worse.
Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds star in this comedy movie The Change Up, it was released in 2011 and the running time of the movie is 112 minutes long. Best friends Mitch Planko (Bateman) and Dave Lockwood (Reynolds), are both not really that happy with there lives, Mitch is married with three young children, two of them being babies, twins. While Dave is a single man living in a scruffy apartment, as Dave sits around smoking pot all day, he says he is happy with his life, but secretly envies Mitch''s family unit. One night after these two friends go out for a good night, they end up as drunk as lords, and on the way home they stop to take a pee in a field, they do it into a small pond which has a big statue looking over them. Whilst they are doing there business, they are telling each other how much they love each other, and how they envy the other one''s life''s. What these to unsuspecting men don''t know, is that the statue over looking them is actually magic. Upon waking the next morning, Mitch and Dave find that they are not in there own beds, in fact they are not even in there own bodies, a magical switch has taken place, and Daves brain ends up in Mitch''s body and vice versa. Can Dave cope with Mitch''s high powered job and busy family commitments? And will Mitch be able to chill out and enjoy his new found freedom? I suppose you will have to watch it, if you want find out. I came across this movie pretty much by accident, it is not a movie which I sought out, but one which I was pleasantly surprised about finding. Personally I thought this movie was extremely funny, much better than some of the newer comedies being released at the moment, and it was not just me, my girlfriend thought it was really funny too. The comedy starts pretty much from the start, and does not stop until the end, I would say that this movie is one I can certainly say is a laugh a minute. The two main actors are brilliant together, they seem to bounce of one another well and have some great chemistry, I have always liked both of them, but they really impressed me in this movie. So overall this movie The Change Up is one well worth buying, it is really funny and a movie I highly recommend to comedy lover''s. The only negative I can give, is that this movie is not really a family movie, far to much bad language for children to be watching.
Story revolves around Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) Two best friends who were simply inseparable, but like others years passed on and the friendship drifted apart into two completely different lives.. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch is still childish,single, and an actor wanna-be who has never met upto a responsibility that he liked. Following a a night out after the guys get drunk they start talking about their different lives whilst peeing into a fountain with the statue Mary they both wish they had the others lifestyle. Little do they know both Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up the next morning in each other's bodies!
This Particular movie seems to get a lot of negative feedback probably because it's the same old "switch body" scenario that a lot of movies/stories seem to take on, the change up uses this but decided on adding a bit of a raunchy side to it, no doubt trying to win over the viewers.
I think classing it as a comedy is a bit too overrated as There isn't many laughs, same old jokes and not many funny scenes. The only thing that keeps it in the comedy section is the fact that Reynolds and Bateman work well together and keep up a lot of banter.
With this movie only ever gaining between a 1-3 star rating it's a wonder how it managed to scoop $37M in the US box office!
Ryan Reynolds = Mitch Planko
Jason Bateman = Dave Lockwood
Leslie Mann = Jamie Lockwood
Olivia Wilde = Sabrina
Alan Arkin = Mitch's dad
Mircea Monroe = Tatiana
Directed By: David Dobkin
Written By: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Movie Rating: 1hr 53min
Cinema Release: Sept 16, 2011
DVD release: Jan 23, 2012
Box office income: $37M
The Change Up stars Dave (Jason Bateman) and his best friend Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and centers around their very different lifestyles. Dave is a workaholic, always striving to improve himself and make life better for his family, often while sacrificing time with his wife and three children. Mitch is a man who has never really grown out of his teenage wreckless phase, he shirks responsibility, flits from job to job and spends his time with a plethora of different women. Mitch and Dave are enjoying a rare night out drinking when they find themselves peeing in a fountain and in their drunken haze they both wish, at the same time, for one anothers lives. Cue the power cutting out all around them and them switching bodies and lives, while keeping their own minds. Mitch envies Dave, with his fantastic wife, children, home and great job and Dave envies Mitch with his carefree lifestyle where he has nothing and nobody to worry about. This film centers around what happens when they switch lives.
This film had me interested from the outset and while I can take time to get into films I was intrigued within a few minutes. Both Dave and Mitch are fantastic characters that I really enjoyed watching. I loved the appearance of Leslie Mann, who played Dave's wife Jamie, as she was fantastic, as ever, and brought another element of comedy to the role. She plays the role of overworked housewife fantastically and I genuinely believed the character that she was portraying. Dave and Mitch are very different characters, which is what made this film work for me, and both of them were characters that I found interesting and funny, in different ways. Mitch is someone who needs to work on his general manners, social skills and generally the way that he treats almost everyone while Dave is something of a pushover that lets his boss walks all over him and puts up with rubbish from people that he shouldn't. The trade off of their lives means that they ultimately bring something completely different to their work and personal lives, with hilarious consequences.
I loved the whole plot of this, even though it is one that has been overdone, and I felt that there were enough differences between Mitch and Dave to make this film enjoyable, albeit a little tired in places, specifically the actual switching of their lives. I would have perhaps liked to see more of a figurative switching, through some sort of bet or discussion, rather than actual switching, but then saying that I did watch the whole movie, without pausing it once, and I had a great time too. There were plenty of laughs throughout the plot, enough to move from each social or life scene with ease, and this made the film even more enjoyable for me. Obviously I knew what the ending of the film was going to be like, as this kind of film is usually very obvious, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and loved watching the characters gain a newfound respect for each other, and the people in their respective lives.
I wasn't actually aware of a synopsis for this film before I chose to watch it and as I was feeling under the weather I based my decision to watch it on the front cover and the fact that Ryan Reynolds was in it (yum!). I realise that typically basing a film viewing on just one actor can lead to disastrous results but I have been unwell so I wasn't necessary too worried about the deep meaningful level of the film and just wanted something that was easy going and light hearted, which this was. Although there was a deeper meaning there about not being shallow, wanting what someone else has and generally just focusing on making your own life and situation work out better for you, well, that is what I took from this anyway, but then I am an emotional fool most of the time. A good, strong, solid watch and one that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a light-hearted film with comedy moments, a little drama, some romance and a life affirming message or two, all while having a chuckle at some of the ridiculous escapades that ensued. I wouldn't give this film 5/5, just because the plot was a little predictable, but then again I would watch it again in the future, if I was having a nice lazy movie day.
I must confess to getting a bit bored of the continuous stream of unfunny comedies that are churned out at a rate of knots these days. The typical 'frat'pack movie sort of started it, before film producers realising that in all honesty we all have a certain element of immaturity about us that finds puerile behaviour funny, enough so to watch a film where grown men behave really badly, the tone lowers several layers and we all laugh.
To a certain extent.
There comes a time when you just get fed up with them all, and The Change-Up tries to change this, and fails. A body swap comedy where the humour is risque and puerile shouldn't really try to put too much emphasis on a drama element of the film as the two genres need a stronger balance of immaturity and this is often not possible. This film stars Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds as two best friends who are stuck in a rut with their lives, each believing the other to have the perfect situation. Taking a pee in a fountain one night, they find when they wake up that they've had a body swap and get to experience the other's life.
It works for a while, the initial shock and surprises actualyl really funny. But when the novelty wears off for them and they both start wanting to get back to how things were, it just ends up being a depserate attempt to throw in a few laughs where they don't belong, and try to bring in some drama and emotional subplots where they don't belong either. Bateman and Reynolds do a very good job, I find them both very funny actors and will readily watch films with them in, but you just can't get past the mediochre plot lines and mixup of genres that keep flying at you every five minutes. They would have been better off with staying on the puerile comedy route and dispatching the drama out of the film, it had not real place and was awkward to watch.
That having been said, the watchability apart from this element was very high. You don't need to concentrate very much and there are plenty of situationally funny scenes where you can't help to have a quiet chuckle or a smirk to yourself. Fathers will appreciate Dave's situation (Bateman) of the family life with babies, a high pressured job and no time for your wife, singletons will appreciate Mitch's (Reynolds) willingness to just have wife and kids without the wondering if it'll ever happen. Both soon find out that it's not as easy as this and the ignorance plays a part in the comedy regularly and it's amusing.
However, the effort of trying something different can't detract from the fact that it just isn't. Decent acting, okay pace and occasional comedy don't make up for the fact that it's just another puerile comedy from the churn factory, one that in five years time I'll wonder who was in it and what is was about, a list of a dozen or so plots and titles and characters and actors going round in my head as I try to separate one from another. Entertaining enough so that you won't get bored, but ultimately a waste of an hour and a half.
I remember watching the trailer for this film months ago and questioning whether or not it would be worth watching. It seemed to be a Freaky Friday remake except two male best friends swap bodies instead of a mother and daughter and since I'm not the biggest fan of Freaky Friday I thought I'd give this one a miss. However, my friend recommended it to me saying that it was 'hilarious' and I was eventually swayed into watching this by Ryan Reynolds hot face and I did not regret it.
The Change Up, as you can probably guess, is about two friends who, whilst peeing in a water fountain, as you do, wish for each other's lives. Dave seems to have the perfect family life with three healthy children, a beautiful wife and a high paying job. Mitch, on the other hand, seems to have the perfect single life, hooking up with girls left right and centre. It's fair to say that they're both in for a shock when they wake up one morning to find that their wish has come true and they have in fact swapped bodies.
I feel that this movie would've been better if they'd focussed on it being a body swapping comedy. The plot became a little convoluted by the family/personal drama that was involved and this detracted from the comedy. Whilst this film was really funny in places, there were also parts that were really emotional and just I don't feel that this parts really meshed very well with the sort of film that this was supposed to be.
Both Reynolds and Bateman are both brilliant actors who I love but I just don't think they really delivered in this film. Their co-stars included Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde who started out great but by the end of the film I just found their characters highly irritating. I don't think that the acting was particularly bad; however, I think bad script and general plot line made it impossible for them to do any really good work.
One thing that really stood out for me in this movie was how bad they were at pretending to pee in a fountain. It was so obvious that the two men hadn't even pulled their flies down and that they were actually holding some sort of tiny water pistols in their hands. Though, it's not like this ruined this film, it was just another thing to laugh at.
Whilst I didn't think that this movie was as bad as the critics made it out to be, I didn't think that it was particularly good either. The film is largely unmemorable apart from a few moments which were simply ridiculous so they're probably memorable for all the wrong reasons. Given that this was written by the same guys who wrote 'The Hangover', this film could have been so much better than it was. I wouldn't bother watching The Change-Up unless if you really, really, really have nothing better to do with your time as it failed to meet its initial potential.
Currently on Sky Premiere at the moment, this comedy with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman wasn't an obvious choice of film to watch but I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and cried with laughter most of the way through.
Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) have known one another since young boys and have been inseparable through most of life, but more recently they have begun to drift apart. Leading totally separate lives it is unclear at the start of the film, why they are best friends. Dave is a corporate lawyer who is very much at the mercy of his picky boss, a husband and a father of 3. Mitch on the other hand is single, an out of work actor and pretty much a bit of a loser! They both envy each other's lives, Mitch envy's Dave's money and his beautiful wife, while Dave envy's Mitch because of his lack of responsibilities and stress, and the amount of sleep he gets! Following a night out together they tell each other (while peeing in a fountain as you do!), that they wish they were each other and when they wake up the next morning, you guessed it - they are!
The film from the very beginning is very very funny. Mitch has a way with words which see him unable to communicate effectively as an adult and he isn't very aware of how he should behave in social situations - and he swears a lot! So when he switches with Dave, who is normally very serious and straight faced, and you see Dave sounding like Dave but behaving anything like Dave it is quite funny! While they try and figure out how to switch back, they must carry on living in the lives of each other. Mitch (in Dave's body) has to take over as a dad and a corporate lawyer in the middle of a very important merger at work while Dave (in Mitches body!) gets close to Dave's sexy associate Sabrina. Despite being given the freedom (as they wished) from their normal daily routines, they soon discover and find a new kind of respect for one another as they realise each other's lives in their own separate ways are very challenging.
Surprisingly there are special effects in this film and not like special effects I have ever seen before in my life! The first one happens pretty much in the opening scenes and involves Dave and changing time with one of his twin babies. I won't spoil anything but I seriously was not expecting what happened! Also, there is quite a bit of female nudity (come on girls, we get Ryan Reynolds so we have to give the men something!) but I'm going to burst the men's bubble here as I've just read a lot of it has been altered by CGI, in particular the women's breasts - there is a lord after all!
The film is fairly predictable, you see the end coming a mile off, and lots of the content in between, however how it gets there is thoroughly entertaining. Bateman and Reynolds make the perfect team in this and for me Bateman playing Mitch (in Dave's body) was just hilarious. His straight faced character mixed with Mitches offensive vocabulary work together to provide everything you would not want as the father of 3 children. Telling his daughter that violence IS the answer, and refusing to sing the 'Dinner time' song which without fail gets sung every dinner time, are just hilarious.
I have recommended this film to two sets of people, my dad and step mum who found it eye-wateringly hilarious, and my mum and step-dad who just didn't get it one bit, so I would say give it a try and see what you think - and let me know! I'd love to know what other people thought of it.
From a saw this movies trailer to go in the cinema last year I have wanted to watch it and I finally have manage to even though I waited all the way till it hit Sky Anytime. I just finished watching this and must I saw it's not as funny as the trailer made it look.
The movie is about two friends that are sick of there life one being a family man and one being a single 'light' porn star. After peeing in fountain while they moan about there lives they unknowingly make a wish to have each others life. The both wake up in the morning as each other and end up living the lives of each other for 3 weeks. They start off finding it tough but as time goes on they realise things about themselves thanks they want to change so they start putting effort into each others lifestyles until they eventually switch back.
The plot I found to be very unoriginal because this body swap thing has be done unspeakable amount of times in movies. I do think they have tried to make the movie different by having it be men and one a family man and one living the single life. It make this kind of body situation be looked at from a different angle. Usually it's always the parent child switch but not here which somewhat makes it different.
****My Funniest Part
I think the funniest part of the movie is when Mitch(In Dave's body) wakes up in the middle of the night to feed the kids and they start crawling wild and playing with the knives and electricity. I thought that part was so funny because the babies where doing little cheeky laughs and Mitch was out of his mind trying to get the under control. It was almost as if they where laughing at him is why I found that part really funny.
**** Other Funny Moments
It when Mitch (In Dave's body) watches Dav's Wife seductively walk through the bedroom to the bathroom naked then sits on the toilet and takes a poo. I was in stitches at this point because the face he pulled and he actually thought he was going to get laid that night. After that when she gets in the bed and he says "don't try back that thing up on me" I found that funny to but then when he blurts out I'm not attracted to you I felt a little sorry for her. She obviously would have thought it was Dave so that was a little harsh for a husband to say he isn't attracted to his wife to her face. The whole situation was funny though.
There where a few other funny moments but I don't think there was enough I think they could have added more comedy to the movie.
---------------Cast & Performances--------------------
Ryan Reynolds as Mitch Planko Jr.
Jason Bateman as Dave Lockwood
Leslie Mann as Jamie Lockwood, Dave's wife
Olivia Wilde as Sabrina McArdle, Dave's legal associate
The acting in the movie was quite good but nothing outstanding. Out of the two friends I think Mitch was the funnier one I found that Dave was quite boring. I think the only character that annoyed me was Dave's wife which was played by Leslie Mann. I think her character was really up and down and just weird. In the movie she moans alot so it's like she puts a downer on things.
I did find that the movie was enjoyable to watch but I really was expecting a little more from it. I think for me it would have been better it there was alot more scenes as Mitch struggling with fatherhood and married life when he is trapped in Dave's body. I think also with Dave aswell he didn't really have much of an exciting single life when he swapped bodies. I think they could have had a few scenes of Dave going out getting drunk and picking up loads of girls. There just was enough of them taking advantage of the opposite lifestyle for me. I'm not really sure weather I would recommend anyone go out of their way and get this movie to to be fair. If you come across it or have Sky Anytime then yes I would say take a look as it is a decent watch.
The movie is available on Sky Anytime and it's also available to buy on Amazon New & Used from £3.99. I'm quite unsure about this one it's definitely not something I'd watch again but was OK for a one time watch.
OK So on a bored rainy afternoon which is the typical Summer day in the UK right now, I decided to go for a lighthearted comedy which ended up being 'The Change-Up'. Having liked body swap comedies in the past, this could just be the film to lift my mood.
Dave (Jason Bateman) is a happily married man and a top notch lawyer. Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) is a free spirited, jobless playboy. The two are best friends. After one drunken night out together, the two wished they had each others lives, and upon peeing together into a mystical fountain, they wake up the next morning finding themselves living the other's life.
The premise to the movie is simple and ok, with intuition thrown out the window, believable. However, as soon as their body is swapped, the film deteriorates into a cheap, disingenuous and crude movie- pretty much a 'Lorno'.
As the film heightened and the two characters somewhat settled into their new bodies given they could not reverse the 'spell' early on, they were just throwing boobs and nudity all over the screen, which did not at all add to the humour as it felt forced.
I should've seen it coming given the opening scenes showed Jason Bateman changing his son and having poop excreted into his face and mouth. Foolishly, I continued to watch this disaster of a movie.
Despite skipping quite a large part of the movie every now and again, I felt I didn't miss out on any vital information and could piece the action together.
At around two hours in length, the movie was definitely a drag but thankfully the ending was slightly more enjoyable and at least had some sort of positive resolve.
Overall, I was not at all satisfied with this movie and I wish I could have a time refund because it was completely wasted. This is a low class crude movie which I would not recommend to anyone. Despite it having promise early on, the expectations were not met and leaves you utterly disappointed.
Personally, I have no idea why Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds would participate in this film. They can both do so much better and I hope they didn't do it for the boobs.
There have been so many body swap movies in the last few decades that you would think Hollywood had it off pat and could hit the right spot with its eyes closed. With Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in the lead roles this movie should have a dream ticket to print money and it made a tidy profit but that was more due to the stars pulling power than the actual movie itself.
The premise of the movie is that childhood friends Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Bateman)envy each other's lives, on the one hand you have the single playboy Mitch who can't seem to get out of bed in the morning and on the other you have the hard working family man Dave who has all the crushing responsibilities his friend doesn't. On a drunken night out our unsuspecting due decide to urinate in a fountain while wishing they had each other's lives and hey presto the next morning they find their wish has been granted.
As with most of these movies it's funny to watch at first as they figure out what has happened but the problem with both of these characters is neither of them are that likeable, unlike say Tom Hanks character in Big where you were rooting for him from the start, with Mitch and Dave you sort of want them to suffer in their plight (or at least I did).
Of course when they go to find the magic fountain its missing and so they must assume each other's lives and responsibilities, Mitch having to step up and do the work thing which gives a couple of laughs and finding out that being a husband and father isn't all he wished for and Dave with his new found freedom ends up going to an acting job for Mitch only to find out that he's shooting a porno movie.
It's not all bad, there are a couple of laughs here and there and on the grand scale of stinker movies this isn't the worst, finding out that the fountain has been moved to a busy shopping mall and having to urinate in front of the horrified shoppers is probably the funniest scene in the movie at the end, but all in all it's never going to be a classic.
If you like rude, crude and you are pubescent this is probably the film for you.