The Change Up follows two close childhood friends, Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman -Horrible Bosses
) & Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds -The Proposal
) who live very different lives. Dave is hard working and has been all his life, he is a very successful Lawyer with 3 young children & a beautiful wife. And then they're is Mitch, he is the playboy who has absolutely no responsibilities in his life and cannot commit to anything for very long. Oh, and he is also obsessed with sex.
So, having grown apart over the years, they decide to get together like in the good old days, with a night on the town. This culminates with them towards the end of the night peeing into a fountain & arguing to each other that the other has a great life & vice versa... bish bash bosh, the next day they wake up to find that they have swapped bodies. And comedy & mayhem ensues as they have to live out each others lives, seeing the other side of the coin & track down the mysterious fountain which has been relocated.
Overall it's your basic body swap comedy of old like the original Freaky Friday
with Jodie Foster, which has been done in various ways over the years since, but this is very much an adult take on the concept. I thought it was well done & hilarious in places that had me screaming with laughter(the lorno scene), the baby changing scene early on sets the tone of how the film intends to carry on. The two leads get on very well & have a good chemistry, while the support cast is not too shabby either, with the very beautiful Olivia Wilde (Cowboys & Aliens
) as Dave's assistant & Leslie Mann (Funny People
) as Dave's Wife. Also a cameo from Alan Arkin (Get Smart
) as Mitch's dad.
The one thing that i didn't like was the excessive use of foul language. The film had enough about it to be funny, and the constant F bombs were unnecessary. One particular example i thought highlighted this, was the scene with Jason Bateman & his young daughter in a car, where he uses profanities infront of her constantly. I don't know if the young girl was actually in that part of the scene, or they filmed it with Jason alone and edited it in. That is what tarnished it a little for me.
In conclusion, this is a very adult yet funny take on a body swap comedy concept. It maybe too gross out for some tastes, so if you dislike rude & crude humor it's best to avoid. Recommended.