August 6, 2011
Review - " The Change-Up " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Directed by: David Dobkin
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, and
Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave
(Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the
years passed, they’ve slowly drifted apart. Dave is an
overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, and Mitch
has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has
never met a responsibility he liked. Following a drunken
night out together, whilst peeing in a fountain they discuss
how the grass always seems to be greener for the other,
their worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in
each other’s bodies. Despite the freedom from their normal
routines and habits, they soon discover that each other’s
lives aren’t as luxurious as it seem.
Forced to live each others lives until they can change back
(and try their best not to mess them up), after the initial
shock subsides they start to appreciate the others lifestyle,
and so the question is…. Will they ever want to swap back
again? Along the way they each learn some hard lessons
about the way their respective families percieve them.
This movie is an almost none stop laugh fest from start to
finish. It hits you with a dose of hilarity right out of the gate.
The storyline was simple and easy enough to follow. The
way the characters were established at the beginning was
well done. There was comedy at almost every corner. With
half of the them being outrageous “OMG” moments.
However, the whole film wasn’t bombarded with just comedy.
There were situations that called for some seriousness, and
others that attempted to tug at the audience’s heart strings.
Surprisingly, there were quite a few special effects, which
could have been done much,
much better. But most
importantly, the chemistry
between Bateman and
Reynolds were like none
other. The two played off
each other as if they’ve been
doing so for years. The cast
of this film did not only do a
great job, but worked
amazingly well with each
other. Thus making this
pleasurable. Jason Bateman
was amazing to say the least.
His ability to act one way and
switch it the next is uncanny.
Ryan Reynolds was just as
amazing. He showed signs of
characters from the past,
such as Van Wilder, which
audiences haven’t seen in a
long time, Hal Jordan, and if
you keep an eye out, you’ll
also see a tiny hint of Wade
Wilson. Bateman and
Reynolds both did a terrific
job at being able to portray
one another. Leslie Mann did
a great job showing her
emotional side and really
displaying what her character
was going through. And Olivia
Wilde… wow… Olivia Wilde.
This might be her best
performance yet; showing off
her great acting skill while still
being able to be hot and sexy
all wrapped up in a nice
smooth package. All in all,
this movie is enjoyable and
entertaining to say the least.
If you’re looking for a good
time and something that will
definitely make you laugh,
THIS is the movie to see.
So until next time, remember: “Be Careful what you Wiz For.”