The Change-Up (2011) Review

The film is pretty terrible but it did make me laugh so as a comedy I have to say it works on some level. The start of the film is slow and boring, with nothing really funny. Then the middle part of the film did make me laugh quite a bit and was impressed, but then the end was terrible and extremely predictable so there isn’t really anything new from everything you expected. The only problem I have with that is if it’s a genre we have seen before it needs to have something different and to be honest this didn’t. You don’t see many films that have a start and end as its weak points because they are what most people remember of a film, just poor story telling. The cast are very good and I liked most of the people in it so I don’t really have any complaints, I would say that Jason Bateman did the best at impersonating Ryan’s character. They tried enough but let’s just stop making identity-switch comedy over and over again shall we? At the very least leave it 10 years.

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Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they’ve slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave’s worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other’s bodies and proceed to freak the &*#@ out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other’s lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed.

Story: 40%       Acting: 70%      Visuals: 70%      Dialogue: 50%

The Laughs: 60%      Style/Sound: 30%      Characters: 50%

Total: 52%

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To start off let’s talk about the acting. The good? Acting was alright I suppose, I liked Jason Bateman’s performance because of how he switched his character from Dave to Mitch it was a big swap. Leslie Mann did a great job as normal and hope she does well in the upcoming ‘This is 40’ coming out soon. The bad? Ryan Reynolds performance is about as good as ever which is of course bad, at least he is consistent (Tim that doesn’t make sense…Shut up you!). I do have to admit that Reynolds and Bateman work together very well and have good chemistry. Next is the story. The Good? The stuff in the middle of the film was actually pretty funny, from the moment they wake up in different bodies to them getting comfortable in their new skin was very funny. The bad? Everything before that and after that was terribly boring and it ruins the film over all. One thing that really stood out when watching the film was how crude it was compared to the trailer, the language, the visuals, the jokes and the sex stuff was all really favoured over other styles of comedy.

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So let’s talk about the visuals. The Visual are ok as far as comedies go nothing special, nothing notable bad. The sex and gross-out gags where done with pretty obvious CGI and other effects which to me just adds to the comedy, Makes me laugh and what else is needed in a comedy (Better story Tim? I told you to shut up!). The scenes that made me laugh would be Craig Bierko playing that porn director was pretty damn funny and then the rest of that scene was also very funny, the babies in the kitchen when they keep getting into super dangerous situation was absolutely hysterical and finally these lines from Jamie: “Before making any decision in your life, no matter how small, call your wife first. Think of yourself as a brain-damaged mule, lost in a desert, helpless, dumb, and in constant need of direction. Never take the initiative, never strike out on your own, and never deviate from the plan. Why? Because you’re a brain-damaged mule and you’re lost in the damn desert!” Yeah she was good in this.

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The best reviews I have found would be these “Despite the promise of the title, this a fairly stale offering, plodding through the beats of a well-worn subgenre but failing to add much more than a foul mouth.” Nick De Semlyen. This has seemed to be the view of most, especially reviewers but I am not that harsh. Also “A foul misfire that favors sex and gross-out gags over its somewhat affecting plot about married life and single life, and the sacrifices we all make for one or the other.” R. L. Shaffer. Was that the plot, I completely missed that (haha terrible). Lastly “The key to the film is the chemistry between Reynolds and Bateman, who work off each other but can also be very funny in their own scenes.” Kevin Carr. I also agree with this review as well, I am a complicated one me. My favourite scene would have to be either any time Bateman has to insult his own looks or when he utters the line Sabrina: “So, ah, I’ll have my briefs on your desk by lunch”. Dave: “That puts my balls on your chin by dinner”. Also I have the Gag reel which I will start adding to comedy reviews.

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21 responses to “The Change-Up (2011) Review”

  1. mistylayne says :

    This whole set up just seemed too way overdone so I avoided it.


  2. Tyson Carter says :

    I LOVE this film…….mainly because I like humour that pushes boundaries (same as horror). Bateman is always brilliant, and I thought Reynolds was did a solid job. Seems Im in the minority but that doesnt bother me 🙂


  3. Nostra says :

    Really didn’t like this one…this crossed too many lines for my liking…


  4. wordschat says :

    I’ll skip this one. Bateman was in Horrible Boses which had his star power drop sub zero so until he goes for intelligent comedy again I will steer clear.


  5. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    “The film is pretty terrible but it did make me laugh so as a comedy I have to say it works on some level.”

    I’d have agreed with you if you had stopped at “The film is pretty terrible” LOL 😀

    This is a stank, rotten film. 😦


  6. Shrey Khetarpal says :

    What a terrible terrible film.


  7. CMrok93 says :

    This is some real gross stuff they have here but it actually had me laughing mainly because of Reynolds and Bateman’s great performances that seem to be a little bit against type. Good review Tim.


  8. ckckred says :

    I was thinking about seeing this one since it has Jason Bateman but once I heard Ryan Reynolds was in it, I avoided the film and negative response kept me away. Nice review.


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