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The Change-Up (Unrated)

HD   R Closed Captioning

David Dobkin

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About the Movie

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in the outrageous unrated comedy from the director of Wedding Crashers and the writers of The Hangover. One drunken night, two friends admit that they wish they had the other’s life. Mitch (Reynolds) thinks Dave has it all: a beautiful, loving family and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. But Dave (Bateman) thinks Mitch’s stress-free life without obligation or consequence is the real dream come true. The next morning they wake up, hungover, in each other’s bodies, and proceed to freak out! With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each other’s lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 152
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 114
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's occasionally funny and a lot painful... – Andrew O'Hehir,, Aug 7, 2011

Rotten: This comedy doesn't work very well. – David Denby, New Yorker, Aug 8, 2011

Rotten: Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Aug 10, 2011

Rotten: The Change-Up goes downhill faster than a snowboarder strapped to a jetpack. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Aug 7, 2011

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Customer Reviews


Ah, the "body-switching" genre. It's one of the oldest and most frequently used premise set-ups in the history of cinema. There have been giant successes in the movie category ("Face/Off", "Freaky Friday") just as there have been major misfires ("Dream a Little Dream", "Vice Versa"). "The Change-Up" is somewhere in the middle. The movie knows what it's trying to be (an over-the-top, no-holds-barred, R-rated take on the classic film genre) and ultimately gets its point across, but it really doesn't do much else to stand out from the crowd. The story is just as clichéd as you'd imagine: two best friends with extremely different lifestyles both wish they could switch lives and, through a random powerful magic entity, their wishes are granted, much to their surprise. But that's hardly my biggest concern. The level of gross-out humor is so high, you really don't know whether to laugh along with the audience or simply look on in pure discomfort. It's just that the shock value of the film takes a lot away from the realness of the story and feels way too forced. Also, the pacing of the story is inconsistent most of the time and can be confusing to follow for some. Even though "The Change-Up" does have a lot to be desired, it certainly isn't all bad. Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds do a terrific job playing each other's characters. Their hilarious portrayals of one another's personalities singlehandedly save the movie from ending up as completely bland and unmemorable. Now, if I did have to nitpick some more, it would only be that Olivia Wilde (who plays a supporting role as an attractive assistant to Bateman and a potential love interest to Reynolds) doesn't really feel like a natural fit in the cohesiveness of the story. In other words, she's pretty much a generic, forced character who doesn't provide much other than way more drama than there needs to be. So, all in all, the film could've done a whole lot better with its pacing, shock value control, and character development, but aside from that, it's really not that bad. At the very least, go ahead and rent it if you simply want to watch a fun, raunchy, mindless comedy. And for that, "The Change-Up" does its job extremely well.

Freaky Friday for Men

I think the funniest parts of the movie are the scenes about being parents and drags in a few place but overall it's a charming story and the acting is great.

Come on people

This is a very funny movie. I dont know why people hate it. It has a very good cast and makes you laugh a lot.

The Change-Up (Unrated)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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