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The Change Up

Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann
Date: 16 August 2011

Before you’ve seen The Change Up, you’ll realise you’ve actually already seen The Change Up.

In the same vein as 17 Again, Dating the Enemy or Freaky Friday (the 1976 original with Jodie Foster or the trashy one with Lindsay Lohan…we’re not fussed) The Change Up will treat you to the same old switching bodies plot you’ve watched a billion times before.

The story goes…as it always does…two inseparable best friends Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) lead two very different lives. Mitch is a single bloke, with no responsibilities and a string of endless women to sleep with, while Dave is the overworked husband and father of three who never has any time to himself. On a drunken boys night out, they utter those famous words “I wish I had your life” and magically they’re body swapped. The best mates soon discover that the grass is not always greener and have to work together to get their lives and their bodies back before they screw everything up forever.

Now, don’t be put off by the fact that I’ve outlined the plot of a movie you’ve seen before, because although The Change Up is very…seen that already…it still actually has a lot of laughs. It’s generic, predictable and is wrapped up with a nice neat little bow ala Hollywood style…but it’s still totally endearing.

Bateman and Reynolds are a great duo, working really well in establishing character traits that the other then has to assume. Reynolds definitely has the string of endless women to sleep with persona down pat, although Bateman steals the show brilliantly evolving from stressed out father to complete douche bag effortlessly. To be honest I’m a MASSIVE fan of Jason Bateman. Ever since I saw him as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development (ok I lie, it was Teen Wolf Two), I thought the man was a comic genius and I’ll see just about anything with him in it (as evident by Teen Wolf Too viewing). Both Bateman and Reynolds will have you laughing, gasping and definitely entertained.

This film is full of shit jokes, swearing and crude bloke behavior, but it backs it up with a lot of laughs and a little bit of heart thrown in for good measure. The Change Up is one of those movies where you can just sit back, drink your slushie, eat some popcorn and laugh effortlessly…see it coz you’ll enjoy it.

– Suzanna Parisi


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