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The Change Up, yet another movie about two close people making a wish simultaneously and getting their minds switched.  How many of these movies must we be exposed to before directors realize that the original Freaky Friday covers this plot to the best extent?  Regardless of how tired this plot has become, audience members will certainly flock in to see Ryan Reynolds and Jason Batemen present David Dobkin’s approach to the live switching genre.

As you may have seen from the overplayed trailer, The Change Up kicks things off with a graphic start as Dave (Bateman) wakes up to change his twins’ diapers only to get a stream of poop in his face.  Despite the gross setback, Dave manages to get to work and the audience gets a nice shot to how monotonous his life is, more towards working than having fun.  Flip the switch now and enter Mitch (Reynolds), the carefree, irresponsible, lazy, drug and alcohol addicted bachelor who likes to keep company with a number of nice ladies.  Somehow these two been best friend since third grade, despite their polar differences in character, I guess that is what makes comedy these days.

Anyway after a night on the town, a cascade of sware filled dialog, and a well-timed pee break in a freaky looking fountain, the two switch lives and the predictable comedy ensues.  Despite the predictability of the comedy, what made the comedy funny for me was how naturally funny the actors were in the movie.  As we have seen in countless movies past, Bateman can play that serious, awkward, comedic role that has well timed dialog to add spice to the role.  Reynolds on the other hand can still play that idiotic, over bearing, loud mouth role he made famous in Two Guys and a Girl.  Both actors provide cheap laughs and a couple of the supporting cast characters, mainly Dave’s wife (Leslie Mann) and Dave’s gorgeous assistant (Olivia Wilde), provide some comedic support to the movie as well.

It’s here I’ll say that the humor is incredibly more vulgar and raunchy than I had originally expected from the trailer.  Unlike other R rated comedies I have seen this summer, The Change Up spared no expenses to make the shots and dialog as raunchy as possible.  Constant breast shots, sexual scenarios, masturbation, and other steamy shots are captured in lots of detail and what isn’t visibly shown on the screen is painted for us via disgusting sounds and suggestive active.  There is also some very mean, hurtful, and racist comedy in this film as well, which I found more insulting than funny.  All of these comedic situations were also engorged with the words F and S that got annoying with each iteration, which again has me say that the F word does not equal great comedy.  I must admit however that the writers for this movie did throw in a few curveballs that I was not expecting in the comedy.   Some of the scenes I mentioned up above were these surprising moments and while I didn’t enjoy it, other people found it hysterical.  There were other moments that surprised me as well, but I won’t ruin anything for you in case you still want to see it after reading this review.

Buried underneath all the vulgarity and raunchiness is a serious, albeit dramatized, version about taking life for granted.  Perhaps an even bigger surprise to the movie was how dramatic a change the characters experienced throughout the course of the movie.  The first half an hour of the movie had me thinking that it was going to be a mindless, sexual humor centered, and predictable comedy movie.  However as the movie continued, there was actually some character development that I wasn’t expecting.  The biggest surprise on character development was Mann’s role, as she moved past her typical whiny, complaining, filthy mouthed, and careless mom we’ve seen her play and instead played a mom who actually cared about her life.  It was very enjoyable.  Unfortunately this character development you see coming from a mile away and so you pretty much know what is going to happen a by about thirty minutes into the movie.

Overall the Change Up is the typical hit you over the head slapstick comedy that a lot of comedy fans like to see.  Unfortunately the adult humor of this movie, the very racist comments, the overuse of swearing, and the lornographic body shots really take away from the humor.  I again have to say that the surprise and twists the movie has will keep you interested and wondering what the next twist they have is.  Overall I’ll give this movie a 7.0 for the surprise and zest it had, but I would strongly recommend waiting to see this movie on Netflix to save you some money.

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