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The Change-Up

comedy, romance

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in the hilarious body-switching comedy from the director of Wedding Crashers and the writers of The Hangover.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
1 out of 5

Overly crude body-swapping comedy isn't for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this raunchy body-swapping comedy is more like The Hangover than Freaky Friday. From the opening F-bomb to the end credits, the movie is chock full of language ("f--k" is said in nearly every scene), sexuality (nudity includes breasts, a soft porn movie set, and a fully naked, very pregnant woman), and crass toilet humor. Plus, the movie's themes are actually pretty mature, revolving around two best friends who couldn't be less like each other but secretly envy each other's life. Because it stars two of the funniest actors in Hollywood (Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds), parents should expect even young teens to be interested, but this movie is definitely a "hard-R" for a reason.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays sexuality. Which relationships are healthy, and which are unhealthy? How can you tell?
  • What about drinking and drug use? Are they shown realistically? What are some of the real-life consequences of getting drunk and smoking pot?
  • Dave envies Mitch's carefree life, but is Mitch as fulfilled as Dave? Is freedom from responsibility still as attractive in someone in their late 30s as it is in someone in their 20s? Why is growing up and starting a family depicted as boring?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

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,, 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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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

2 stars

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

3 stars

Like Freaky Friday with a lot more dude humor and tits. I love Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.. I don't think they could have gotten two better guys.

- theylovealexis, Friday, April 6, 2012