Country: USA
Language: English.
Release Date: 2011
AKA:El cambiazo
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds.
Director: David Dobkin.
Reboot: Freaky Friday 1977.

The Change-Up

Dave is a married man with three kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who has no responsibilities. One fateful night, while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, they make a wish, lightning strikes and they switch bodies.

Let's face it this film has been done before, in every way imaginable, from a lot of different angles and with a lot of results on the quality of the end product. Did it need to be made again? The answer to that question in this case is a huge NO!!! And, as I am a big fan of both Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, I don't say that lightly. I wanted to like this film. I was disappointed.

The film is crude with a capital C. There was one point where I put my face in my hands just so that I wouldn't have to watch Jason Bateman's mouth actually saying some of the things I heard him say. The script gave him such unforgivable dialogue that spewed violently and relentlessly from that sweet mouth, that I just couldn't bear it. But I digress let's look at some of those other reboots of this body-switch genre.

Reboot Information: Freaky Friday (1977 and 2003), All of Me (1984), Big - Vice Versa - Dream a little Dream - 18 Again (1988), The Hot Chick (2004), 17 Again (2009) and that's just a few, there are many more. Even an Australian one with Guy Pearce called "Dating the Enemy" from 1996.

So, what does The Change-Up have to offer on a positive side? Not a lot really, Reynolds and Bateman's characters aren't that likeable and the rest of the impressive cast list suffers a similar fate. A few scenes with the children were okay but the babies were weirdly cgi'd and a little creepy. I admit to laughing a couple of times but that's it, although I did watch through to the end, it was like a car crash I had to see what happened.

Reynolds character is a soft porn star and if you think about how hard that would be to do if you were suddenly swapped into his body then you would also think the opportunities for humour are boundless, yes? Nope, the female was 50 something with ridiculous silicon breasts and there was the constant demand from the director for Reynolds to do something unmentionable with his thumb. I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination but this scene just did not need to be made. It's the stuff nightmares are made of. Just to note the female was played as grotesque, it had nothing to do with her age, she was meant to be a monster.

I can't imagine the "pitch" session for this film. I can't imagine anyone saying "wow, what a great idea". I just can't. I apologise for the negativity but that's all I've got.