Envious of each other's lives, an overworked lawyer (Jason Bateman) and his carefree buddy (Ryan Reynolds) awake after a drunken binge and find they have somehow switched bodies.
" The Change-Up goes downhill faster than a snowboarder strapped to a jetpack. "
" Universal Pictures has filed for creative bankruptcy. "
" Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds struggle valiantly to transcend the movie they're in. "
" The script values shock over wit so completely that every scene feels too eager for laughs, even with comic actors as likable as Bateman and Reynolds doing the shocking. "
" As in Judd Apatow's phallocentric comic fantasies, the considerable raunch and implicit sexism of "The Change-Up" barely mask a worldview that's far from transgressive. "
" Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor. "
" Another body-switching comedy? Seriously? "
" Delivers consistent laughs, some sincerely touching moments. "
" Talented people all, and either prisoners of the studio system, which will do anything it takes to reach an audience, or willing players in a soiled playpen. "
" While this raunchy Freaky Friday meets Trading Places has some laughs, it's more often frat-boy crass, frantic and formulaic. "
" This comedy doesn't work very well. "
" You'd have to call the whole undertaking workmanlike rather than inspired. "
" With slight variants, this is another chapter in the epic saga of body shame, gender panic, and free-floating contempt for the human race that Hollywood comedies seem to be issuing piece by piece in serial format. "
" The thing is, this could have been funny. "
" Bateman, as always, is surpassingly good, even when the material isn't. "
" Freaky, yes, but definitely not Freaky Friday. "
" A thoroughly silly, intermittently hilarious reworking of the Freaky Friday body-switch concept. "
" It's occasionally funny and a lot painful... "
" Bateman and Reynolds never get into the hall-of-mirrors mimicry that Nicolas Cage and John Travolta so enjoyed in "Face/Off." "
" I want to hate The Change-Up for its relentless scatology, its imaginative bankruptcy, its juvenile need to push every superficial content restriction to the outer limits. "
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