The Change-Up

9 Jan

Director: David Dobkin

Writers: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde

Motion Picture Rating: R

Runtime: 112 minutes



The director David Dobkin arguably started the trend for the crude comedic bromance with Wedding Crashers in 2005, but the genre has been stuffed full with much poorer films since then and this one certainly adds nothing new. This movie is not as fresh as Wedding Crashers and it’s not as funny as The Hangover. And coming hot on the heels of Horrible Bosses, a reasonable effort, I for one am bored with watching Jason Bateman flailing around in front of disappointed wives and bosses.

This movie borrows from those 1980’s body swap comedies (Big, All of Me etc) and switches the lives of hedonistic bachelor Ryan Reynolds (Mitch) and company / family man Jason Bateman (Dave). That actual ‘change-up’ comes after an opening scene where Dave’s baby son hilariously projectile defecates into his face. Seriously, that’s where this film goes for early laughs.

The eventual lessons learned are all there – Mitch patching up his relationship with his estranged dad and Dave rescuing his floundering marriage – and there is even Leslie Mann doing her nagging one-dimensional housewife bit (see Knocked Up and Funny People for the same). Whilst there are one or two half funny scenes in this movie, and there is nothing overly offensive, it is far from original and not nearly as funny or smart as it thinks it is.

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