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Rotten: Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Rotten: It's occasionally funny and a lot painful...
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Sunday, August 7, 2011
Rotten: Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds struggle valiantly to transcend the movie they're in.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 5, 2011
img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif/img] So it turned out to be funnier than I thought it was going to be. I chuckled a couple times, but it doesn't work on so many levels. It relies on a very unoriginal premise that we've seen countless times before and gross out gags that it too often, and embarassingly proudly, poses as witty and hilarious good humour. Consequently it's simply juvenille and mediocre. The Change-Up is pretty much a post Hangover comedy flick that thinks what made The Hangover as funny as it was meant shouting, swearing, and flinging poo everywhere in our faces. It's lead Jason Bateman is more than capable of taking on comedy roles and he has proven that many times in the past. He's above teeth grittingly low brow films like this. On a positive note, he and Ryan Reynolds are perfectly cast and naturally make a screen couple with comedic timing. Unfortunately that chemistry would have worked so much better if they were together on a project with superior material to offer. Essentialy what they're given is a boring, predictable, forgettable, ocassionaly sweet but ultimately dislikable comedy that has nothing more to offer than a few cheap laughs. It's downfall is due in most part to it's increasingly familiar jokes, that it even at times struggles to duplicate.
- aquateen2, Sunday, August 12, 2012
It's not nearly as funny as it thinks it is, but rather crude and underwhelming considering the talent involved. It could have been much funnier. It's formulaic and far too long. It does have a few (and I mean few) funny parts, but for the most part I was just watching in disgust at what was happening on screen. Leslie Mann gives a solid performance, but this is the same shtick we've seen from Reynolds and Bateman their whole career.
- jlewis07, Thursday, July 5, 2012