Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Change-Up

The Change-Up
Directed by: David Dobkin
Written By: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

A comedy in which a married father accidentally switches bodies with his best friend, leading to a series of wildly complex difficulties.

I was not really sure what to expect going into this movie. It did not have a great opening weekend, the trailer looked just decent and its a premise that has been done time and time again. I was pleasantly surprised to find it absolutely hilarious. It was right on par with Horrible Bosses, which Jason Bateman starred in as well.

I think one reason I enjoyed this film was because how raunchy it was. This is from the writers of the original Hangover, not the second crappy Hangover, and they took it a step further when it comes to the amount of dirty things said. I couldn't believe some of the things I was hearing out of Bateman and Reynold's mouths. It was a nice change of pace for Bateman's style of comedy and he pulled it off extremely well. Usually he is the put together character that holds things together but Reynolds plays this character in the film. Reynolds shined though before his body was switched. It reminded me of the old days when he was in Waiting and Van Wilder. It was great seeing him going back to his roots.

This film also included one of the hottest comedic one, two punches on the female side of the spectrum. With Leslie Mann starring as Jason Bateman's wife and Oliva Wilde playing his assistant. Leslie Mann is great even though she is the same character as in Knocked Up and every other movie. I think the fact she was topless for multiple scenes offset that factor. Olivia Wilde might be the sexist women alive. It's nice seeing she has a comedic side after seeing her more serious roles in Tron and Cowboy & Aliens. She is one of the top "IT" girls in Hollywood right now with 5 upcoming projects and 2 more that are rumored.

I enjoyed this film a lot. I laughed in every scene before they switched bodies and there were a ton more laughs to be had directly after they switched bodies. Sadly things slowed down a little after that. It is a long movie at 118 minutes and there were too many slow patches. It could have been paced a little better. But if you want a bunch of belly laughs go see the film, it is definitely worth watching

Rating: 7.5/10

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