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The Change-Up
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2012
I was impressed with the creators for taking an R-rated movie and infusing it within a PG genre. The body swap concept has been beaten to death over the past 25 years, but never has there been one so crass and non kid-friendly. There's nudity, swearing, porno parodies, and poop-in-the-face shots. Things you'd never expect. AWESOME! It's about time! The biggest haters of this film are prudish parents throwing a collective hissy fit because their 7-year-olds saw some boobs. Whose fault is that? As a parent, you should familiarize yourself with MPAA ratings. Any parent who thought this film was going to be as vanilla as the trailer made it out to be should never breed again...ever. As for the humor, it wasn't all frat boy humor. Most of it was smart and witty. The ending was sappy and typical, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
This movie, according to rotten tomatoes and other critics, is supposed to be lousy. In my opinion, this is far from it. It shows the sides of living the opposite lives; living a life of a busy/working man and the life of a down-to-earth/relaxing life. I personally found the movie to be eye-opening. Life's meaning is not to always work but it is also not to always have fun; just need to find the right balance. Great movie with funny moments and also serious and thought-provoking moments. The only negative thing is that they revealed too many of the funny moments in the trailer and left the audience with many predictable scenes. Nevertheless, I will buy the dvd in order to have a physical copy since it is a great movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This one comes with a warning.....totally, TOTALLY, inappropriate! I am SHOCKED that I like it! This is as risque as it gets for me, and I will still like a movie. Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds are awesomely funny, and their characters are SO WELL-WRITTEN! This movie has been done before (two people change into each other's bodies accidentally, there are LOTS of outrageously funny situations because of this, and then they change back), but RARELY has it been done so well! This is pretty vulgar but is done so exceedingly well that I have watched it a number of times with my 24 year old son. Jason Bateman is Dave, a married conservative, successful lawyer with twin babies who is trying for a partnership in his firm. Ryan Reynolds is Mitch, an immature dolt of a wanna be actor whose main goal in life is bedding every woman he can, sleeping 'til noon and having fun. One night they pee in a fountain and wake up the next morning in each other's bodies! I can't begin to explain the clever situations the writers thought of to exploit every bit of humor from this. This movie is full of surprises and laughs! Gotta love both of those, right? The supporting actors are wonderful, too. I recommend this movie!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2011
I have no idea why this movie has bad review. It's REALLY hilarious and well-though. The writing is really strong unlike most movies out today. My friend suggested we see this and all 5 people watching this were cracking up. I would definitely rent it. :)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
THE CHANGE-UP is another film by the writers of HANGOVER AND HANGOVER II (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) and the director of wedding crashers (David Dobkin): that should give a pretty solid clue as the what is in store in this film - potty mouth and gross humor that is so very very popular today! The concept of the story (two disparate characters changing lives in a manner as magical as the fairy tale 'The Three Wishes') is not new and at times it becomes wearing, but the big difference here is that the characters are assigned to two really brilliant comic actors - and so it works in the long run.

Two longtime friends are feeling distance in their relationship: Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) is a womanizing free-spirited life as an actor for commercials and 'lorn movies' (soft porn) who lives in a pigsty of an apartment, grabbing fast food where he can find it, while Dave (Jason Bateman) is a conscientious successful lawyer with a major la firm in Atlanta, and is married to a beautiful woman, and lives in a picture book house with three small children. The old concept of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence brings the men together for a drunken evening where while voiding in a public fountain voice that they wish they could change places. Thunder, darkness and boo, they wake up as the other guy. Mitch must carry on the functions of a learned lawyer while maintaining his own style and faces the duties of a parent of infants and a dissatisfied wife (Leslie Mann) while Dave attempts to adjust to the grungy Lothario existence as the lorn star, being pursued by the beautiful Sabrina (Olivia Wilde). Gradually each man in his new role discovers ore about life by walking in the others shoes and it is at this point that the film becomes an intelligent vantage of appreciating what we have by seeing it through the eyes of polar opposite friends.

Both Reynolds and Bateman have great comic timing and make us understand the conflicts of views and appreciation found in the change of lives. The women in the cast do well and there is a touching cameo by Alan Arkin as Mitch's father. This is a bawdy comedy with the emergence of a heart full of lessons in the end. Make it through the fist 30 minutes and you'll find a good movie. Grady Harp, November 11
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
THE CHANGE-UP is one of the most hilarious movies I've seen. Yet, the critics say that this movie is 'lousy'. Maybe some people just don't have a good sense of humor. I watched this movie with my two daughters and we had to pause it numerous times because we were laughing so much and didn't want to miss anything.

Everyone has their own opinions and that's fine. My opinion is that this is a 5 star comedy and I loved it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2011
I really enjoyed watching this movie. I love Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. Yes it is the same old same old switching bodies movie. But it was a really funny comedy. If you like to laugh and can take a little crude humor, then this movie is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is such a great movie. At first I was a little skeptical with the whole changing places plot being that it has been done so many times in other movies. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I laughed the entire way through the movie. It is definitely not a family movie for kids. My husband and I love to watch this movie. Would definitely recommend for a good laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
This movie is absolutely hilarious, but it had seriously crude humor (plus nudity) and not something I'd allow our kids to watch. If you liked any of the following movies, Old School, Bridesmaids, or the Hangover, then this movie is probably for you; if you weren't a fan of those, then you should probably pass on this one. Still, all things considered, my husband and I about died laughing in several parts and it really was a fun movie to watch. We are going to buy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
I was expecting a sophomoric, sight-gag-ridden waste of time and boy, was I ever WRONG. The humor was well-written, and yes, there were plenty of sight-gags, but even these were pretty-well developed. Definitely not for children. There is plenty of nudity and the F-word is rampant, but it is at the same time, charming and dare I say, delightful? It has elevated the body-switching genre, gave me such an enjoyable evening. Jason Bateman is utterly believable in both roles, as was Ryan Reynolds. I had heard Jason Bateman on NPR discussing his role in this movie and his real-life as a father to a five-year old daughter which is why Jason nailed parenting so well in the movie. I will definitely be buying this movie to watch often whenever I need a good laugh and a reminder of what life was like raising small children, and being single and 'contantly out there.....' Life is funny, for sure!
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