16 September 2011
2011, 112mins, 15
Director: David Dobkin
Writer (s): Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast includes: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin
UK Release Date: 16th September 2011
“The Change-Up” is an incredibly disposable comedy, elevated slightly thanks to two amusing central performances. Written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (the dynamic duo behind “The Hangover”), “The Change-Up” utilizes one of the stalest comedic formulas around, the body swap. Fortunately the picture has Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds heading things up, two different yet equally talented performers, both willing to give their all in an attempt to make the so-so script work. The concept is ultimately too creaky to totally overcome, but thanks to the sharp (albeit rarely likable) leads, the film is at least mildly tolerable in spots.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011