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The Change-Up (2011)

The Change-Up




Release Date

August 05, 2011

MPAA Rating



105 min.


Universal Pictures

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


David Dobkin


David Dobkin, Neal H. Moritz


Jon Lucas, Scott Moore



Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in "The Change-Up", from director David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers"), writers Jon Lucas & Scott Moore ("The Hangover") and producer Neal Moritz ("Fast & Furious", "Click"). The R-rated comedy takes the traditional body-switching movie, ties it up tightly and throws it off a cliff.

Growing up together, Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they've slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch's stress free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true.

Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other's bodies and proceed to freak the &*#@ out.

Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other's lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further complicating matters are Dave's sexy legal associate, Sabrina (Olivia Wilde), and Mitch's estranged father (Alan Arkin). With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each other's lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.

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Jason Bateman stars as Dave and Ryan Reynolds stars as Mitch in Universal Pictures' The Change-Up (2011)
Jason Bateman stars as Dave in Universal Pictures' The Change-Up (2011)

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“..as a harmless, forgettable throw-away night out, this is adequate, but as a Big Summer Movie, it's a disappointment..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..this comedy - unlike so many - feels like it has a reason for existing: giving good, guilty fun while sometimes casting a cool eye on what it means to be a man these days..”
by Kat Murphy [MSN Movies]
“..it's hard not to be disappointed with "The Change-Up," which in the end follows the basic conventions of the switched-identity genre, if more profanely, changing up not much at all..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]