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Has its funny moments, but a bit over the top
on December 29, 2011
A friend who loves comedies recommended this movie, so my husband and I watched it last night. Well, as far as storylines go, there's nothing new here. Justin Bateman plays Dave Lockwood, a successful, up and coming lawyer at a posh law firm. Dave is happily married to Jamie (Leslie Mann) and has a young daughter and infant twins. Then there's Dave's best friend, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds), who is a layabout and 'dabbles' in porn flicks.
The story takes off after the drunk pair pee into a fountain one night, wishing that they could be the other person. Voila! Dave and Mitch end up switching bodies. This makes for some funny and yes, awkward moments, especially for Mitch who ends up living in Dave's house with Dave's family, sharing a bed and some uncomfortably intimate moments with Dave's wife. Dave in the meantime, finds out to his horror the degenerate lifestyle Mitch leads.
The plot is predictable, and the saving grace is the hammy performances by both Bateman and Reynolds. There are some truly funny moments though, like when Dave (who is in Mitch's body) eagerly waits up for a romantic rendezvous with Mitch's regular Tuesday date (the boys have decided it is OK to have sex with the other's wife/ dates as they are technically in the other's body) and discovers the blond bombshell erm, has some hidden depths!
I did feel there was too much profanity, unnecessary in my opinion. On the whole though , this is an average, light-hearted comedy made tolerable by Bateman's and Reynold's performances.