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Puerile body swap...again?!
The Change-Up (DVD)
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The Change-Up (DVD)
Advantages: Decent acting and pace, comedy is okay for the most part
Disadvantages: Just rehashes the same old stuff
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.
Summary: Disappointing body swap comedy