New Poster and Red Band Trailer for The Change-Up Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman
04.21.11 by Ryan
Body-switching comedies are one of those ideas that Hollywood just won't stop producing. The sub-genre (if we can call it that) had a heyday (if we can call it that) of father and son body-switching in the 1980s starting with 1987's Like Father, Like Son (starring Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron) and followed in 1988 by Vice Versa (starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage) and, in a real change of pace, 18 Again! (starring George Burns and Charlie Schlatter as a grandson and grandfather combo). Also in 1988 was Big, which had a twelve-year-old kid switching bodies with his older self (Tom Hanks).
Jason Bateman was all too-aware of the body-switching deluge, and admitted to Entertainment Weekly (print edition) that he suffered a "Really?" moment when first presented with the idea of joining The Change-Up.
But in the same sentence that I was told what the movie was about, they said, "But the guys who wrote The Hangover [Jon Lucas and Scott Moore] wrote it, and the guy who directed Wedding Crashers [David Dobkin] is directing it. And I thought, "Ah, I get it." Because no one's done the R-Rated version of that story.
In an attempt to show the "R-rated" nature of the movie, the first poster to be released plays up the Wedding Crashers–Hangover connection while the red band trailer shows Bateman and Reynolds switching lives after using a public fountain to relieve themselves. "It's preposterous," Reynolds told EW of the magical switch. "But it's all in the execution." See for yourself in the trailer below.
The Change-Up co-stars Olivia Wilde and Leslie Mann (who has previous body-switching experience from 2009's 17 Again).