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When the two friends meet up for drinks at a local bar and compare their lives, each is a bit smitten by the other's situation. The night ends with their getting drunk and peeing in the fountain of the Greek goddess Metis as they argue about how they wish they could be in the other's shoes. When they wake up, the shape-shifting goddess of wisdom has, as things go in these tales, granted their wish.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 28 S-words; 4 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Comic hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana and alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Toilet gross-out gags; wisecracks and banter; lots of sex humor; baby humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average It's sporadically funny but the humor isn't consistent. As a harmless, forgettable throw-away night out, this is adequate, but as a Big Summer Movie, it's a disappointment.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average 'The Change-Up' is one of the dirtiest-minded mainstream releases in history.
USA TodayFull Review Average While this raunchy Freaky Friday meets Trading Places has some laughs, it's more often frat-boy crass, frantic and formulaic.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 83 moviegoers:
TEENS:Nearly all the teens loved "The Change Up." Only a small percentage rated it below "Excellent."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:One third of the males loved it. Unfortunately, the remaining third only rated it as "Good/Average," which is a bit low. The female reviews are very mixed. Half loved it but the remaining reviews are all over the place. At least most everyone enjoyed it, at least to some degree, since only a small percentage rated it "Fair" and lower.
ADULTS:Great reviews from the guys. Almost all of them enjoyed it very much with half loving it. The female reviews aren't as high. Only about a fifth loved it. Most rated it as above average, which is still a good review, since it indicates a movie they enjoyed very much, but didn't love.
Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave
(Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the
years have passed, they slowly drifted apart. While Dave
is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three,
Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed manchild
who has never met a responsibility he liked. To
Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him
and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave,
living Mitch's stress-free existence without obligation
or consequence would be a dream come true.
Following a drunken night out together, Mitch's
and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they
wake up in each other's bodies and proceed to freak the
Despite the freedom from their normal routines and
habits, the guys soon discover that each other's lives
are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further
complicating matters are Dave's sexy legal associate,
Sabrina (Olivia Wilde), and Mitch's estranged father (Alan Arkin). With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave
comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each
other's lives before they can find a way to get their old