The Change Up

The Change Up is the latest in a long line of bad body switch comedies.  The storyline is the same as every other of its kind; two people switch bodies and must learn to appreciate there own and the other persons lives.  The big difference is that this time you really don’t care about either of them.

Body swap movies have been around for years.  We know the storylines inside and out, so why should people pay for a ticket?  Well this time they’ve sexed it up.  The characters in the film use the body swap as a way to perv on woman, except all the nude woman in the film are shown as unsexy, with the exception of Olivia Wilde.  There’s the pregnant on and the one on the toilet.  It’s like the movie was aimed at teenage boys, but only to scare them away by showing them that beautiful woman aren’t always sexy.

There were some funny moments, but at times the film resorted to gross out gags.  This type of humour can work in some films, but not when the theme of the movie is broken marriages and relationship problems.  Jason Bateman gets some funny lines, as he gets to take on Ryan Reynolds character.  Bateman actually plays the character better than Reynolds did.  He really stole the film, which is sad because he picked a really bad film to steal.

In this type of movie two different kinds of people switch bodies, but in this case the two are so opposite that it’s really hard to imagine them being friends.  Before the body swap, Bateman’s character says that he had wasted his twenties.  It’s possible that the two had been alike in high school, but they went completely different directions I just don’t see how they would have stayed so close.  Bateman’s character had actually been too embarrassed to invite Reynolds’ to a party with his friends, so why hang out with him all the time?

I recommend saving your money.  The film is predictable and just plain not good.

What do you think?  Did you hate the movie?  What part did you like least?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


One response

  1. Amy

    I thought it would be good but I think the body switch thing has been done too many times

    August 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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