The Change-Up

It's a mid-week movie bonus... sorta. My bride and I have fallen behind on the movie that we wanted to see so we decided to "change it up" (see what I did there?) and check out The Change-Up last Wednesday night. In my ongoing quest to procrastinate on everything I do, I held off on writing the review until today hoping that the suspense of my review might make the movie gain an extra slice of reality. (Hint: it didn't).

Before anyone sees this movie they need to realize one thing: the plot has been done before, and it still isn't very good. If you walk into the theater expecting to be blown away by the storyline in this movie you will be severely disappointed. You need to suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours and just expect to laugh at the gross humor provided to you by Jason Bateman, and Ryan Reynolds.

As the trailer points out to you Mitch and Dave accidentally trade lives while urinating into a fountain in downtown Atlanta. Mitch becomes Dave, the hardworking lawyer with a beautiful wife (played by the severely underrated, and very beautiful Leslie Mann), and 3 young children.

Dave now turns into Mitch the young, good looking "actor" who does nothing but smoke weed all day and try to lure women to his apartment.

Still with me? Ah... it doesn't matter the storyline was terrible.

Throughout the movie there are some parts that will crack you up, and gross you out, usually at the same time. There is baby poop being flung, and terrible uses of CGI to provide comedy. Both men run into different scenarios from each other's lives that they would never expect to see. A board room with a $700+ million merger taking place, and an apartment with a very naked Olivia Wilde in it. Yet both provide a "heart warming" resolution to all conflicts in the movie.

Now if you will excuse me I have to make sure there is not any Thai food in my fridge.

The Change-Up
Directed by: David Dobkin
Written by: Jon Lucas, and Scott Moore
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, and Olivia Wilde
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Would Gene pick it?: Yes, but only because of Leslie Mann

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