Not much to say positive about The Change UP a lame film that tries every old trick in the book to grab your attention and make you think it’s comedy. The film suffers from ‘I’ve seen that before’ and a sick humor syndrome. If you think that watching a baby try to stick its hand in a blender is funny, then this is your kind of weird.
Two long time buddies, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman), go out to a bar to watch a Braves game, get drunk and end up peeing in a magic fountain that swaps their brains to live in each other’s bodies. Now straight arrow Dave, a family guy with a gorgeous wife (Lisa Mann) and three kids, has worked hard all his life to be this amazing lawyer on the verge of becoming a Vice President of his firm, while Mitch has been hanging out being a playboy wannabe actor. So when the two exchange lives the craziness begins.
Although I do like what Bateman (Extract) and Reynolds (The Proposal) have done in the past, the script the two have to act out is far too kinky, sleazy and ridiculous for anyone other than hormonal males that need a stimulating brain fix. That said, Olivia Wilde looks great in the raw, and if she didn’t use a body double, so does Lisa Mann.
The Change Up has an inordinate amount of site gags that in most cases cause laughter and for this the film does entertain. However, that’s not enough here because I really didn’t find myself accepting Bateman inside Reynolds nor Reynolds inside Bateman’s skin. The two are too much alike to become different and this predictable film proves it. I really can’t say that any film of this one’s ilk ever worked including Freaky Friday, Like Father Like Son and Vice Versa. The only one that came close is Face Off where you could feel the sinister coming out of Nick Cage’s Caster Troy and the softening of John Travolta’s Sean Archer.
The film is rated R for pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use. In the film they present a new term, ‘lorno’ meaning a light porno film and after watching The Change Up I had the feeling I just saw one. Although comically presented, the over the top scenes tend to be more of a gross out than a misadventure. Other scenes show babies handling knives, sticking their tongue in an electrical socket and a hand in a blender, all of which are more shocking than funny.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Only if you and your buddy have nothing else to do. (D)