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Film Review: The Change-Up

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Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds are everywhere right now; you can't sit through a pre-movie trailer parade without seeing both of them at least once. Their latest comedy combines the two flavours of the month with the writers of The Hangover and the director of Wedding Crashers to create a spectacle sure to reel in the big crowds, and it is worthy of the attention.

image courtesy of The Change-Up official website

The film follows two old friends, Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Bateman), who have grown apart and now have extremely different lives. Dave is a successful lawyer and is married with three children, including a set of twins at the charming age of pre-dawn feedings and nappy changes. Reynolds is an unemployed actor who spends his time smoking weed and juggling women. After a night out during which they wish they had the other's life, the two wake up to discover they have switched bodies.

This is not the first (or second) movie of its kind; the body switch resulting in learning an important life lesson trick is an old one. Despite this, it proves impossible to go wrong with these two leading the comedic assault. The film also stars Leslie Mann, who has appeared opposite every major male comedian yet has still not managed to snag a lead role herself, and Olivia Wilde, who does little more than look pretty, but at least she does a good job of that, so bravo.

There were certainly cringe-worthy moments; I had to turn away during the first nappy changing scene so I can't tell you how that nail-biting moment ends. However, I find truly laugh-out-loud comedies few and far between, so I was very excited to discover a real winner.

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Why? For a laugh-out-loud comedy
When: From August 5 (USA), August 13 (UK) September 8 (AUS)
Where: In Cinemas Now
Cost: Check with local cinema
I completely agree with your review. I left this one till late to go see but was pleasantly suprised by just how good it was. Jason Bateman is quickly turning out to be a stand out in the comedy genre, and Ryan Reynolds seems to be able to adapt his smart arse comedy to any role he plays. I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a laugh out loud comedy as you said because that is just what it made me, and everyone else in the session, do. Great review.
By Alexander Lewandowski - senior reviewer
Sunday, 2nd of October @ 12:19 am
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