It’s got the right casting right, anyway, having Jason Bateman play opposite Ryan Reynolds (the good, non-action hero, wry and funny Ryan Reynolds). Deadpan vs. Wry. Comedy is all in the delivery, folks. And these two dudes know how to deliver a line, to my liking at least. In Change-Up, from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, and the writers behind The Hangover, Bateman is a married dude with a kid who hates his life; Reynolds is a single guy who gets laid a lot and hates his life. Lightning strikes, and the two switch bodies (and lives). R-rated raunchy humor, lady-pooping, and taint-freckles ensue. (It’s also this summer’s second comedy that plays up the lady pooping as a central gag, after Bridesmaids, which works it to hilarious effect).
I like the idea, since body-swap movies are typically targeted at family and children audiences, of turning one into an adult sex comedy. I mean, who doesn’t love the body-swap device? It’s silly and contrived, but hell if it doesn’t tap into the sophomoric, wish-fulfilment asshole in us all.
Give it up for the Change-Up trailer: