The Change-Up: Who Says Men Can’t Change?
Have you ever wished you were back in college? Back in high school or even someone else? There has been a slew of these types of movies (Freaky Friday and 17 Again come to mind). In this version, we have a workaholic lawyer, husband, and father of three (Jason Bateman) and his childhood friend, a down on his luck actor, and carefree bachelor (Ryan Reynolds). The trailer looked promising and I’m a fan of them both. Did it deliver or did it strike out?
I said it before, but Bateman is nailing down every role that needs a straight shooting, all American guy next door. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right? If I were him, I would ride the hot streak for as long as I could, too. The refreshing part is when he changes up into Reynolds’ character. He got to flex his comedic muscle, played up the swinging single role, and even let loose his foul mouth that would have made a sailor blush.
Reynolds had a busy summer himself. He was the Green Lantern and now he is the second half of this contemporary version of the odd couple. He was a little irritating at first. My life is more similar to Bateman’s life so I thought Reynolds’ character was irresponsible, immature, and a waste of time. Similar to Bateman showing his funny side, it was equally refreshing seeing Reynolds’ responsible, in control, family man routine.
Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde
Mann herself is monopolizing the attractive wife, mother role, who isn’t afraid to make fun of herself. She had great range going bathroom humor one moment to vulnerable and sensitive the next. Wilde showed she isn’t just eye candy with a nice display of range, too. One minute she was the very professional assistant to Bateman, the next she was a cool gal who could let loose when she’s out of the office. But let’s not kid ourselves, she is very easy on the eyes.
I was hoping for a fun time and I got it and more. Lots of swearing and bathroom humor, so be warned. Supposedly it was so bad, they almost got a NC-17 rating. What do you expect from the director of the Wedding Crashers and the writers of the Hangover? However, besides a fun time, the movie did an excellent job of showing the good and bad of both lives. It seemed clear cut, but as the story unfolds, we see different slices of life that make it not so clear. It also really makes you think about your own life. Whether you need a break from your stable family life or your adventurous single life, since there is no magic fountain for us to change up our lives, do the next best thing. Catch The Change-Up and make a change yourself!