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?

Jason Bateman

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.

Ryan Reynolds

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.

Final Thoughts

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!

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15 Responses

  1. RetireOnTime says:

    Nice breakdown of the movie, although I haven’t seen it, so thank you for not spoiling it. In relation to men changing, trading bodies is one thing, but changing from someone who is slightly irresponsible with money (the old me) into someone who has set their sights on planning for retirement (the new me) is not an easy transition. If it were as simple as switching brains with someone for a few years to get to my retirement, I would, but unfortunately, I need to learn to change my spending habits on my own, or find someone to show me how. Men can change, it is just a matter of what they are changing, and after being so careless with money in the past, it will be interesting to see what sort of man I can change into. Hopefully Jason Bateman’s responsible character.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks and I wouldn’t dare spoil any movie. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Although not as easy as switching brains, since you recognize where you want to go and who you want to be, I think you are well on your way to changing from the old you to the new you. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  2. krantcents says:

    The short answer is no! That is probably why I am not an actor. I do like getting lost in the movie experience, but I will pass on this one.

  3. Thanks for the movie review. Not a fan of filthy language in movies. Thanks for the warning! I’ll probably not check it out now that you’ve warned me…

  4. This looks great, and thanks for the warning, I will leave the kids at home.

    I took my 10 year old to see Cowboys and Aliens last weekend, after 5 minutes he was a little freaked out, and we had to leave.

    Don’t be so sure about making a sailor blush. My wife, Lt Cmdr, is sometimes called Tourette by other sailors.

  5. I went and saw it today and had a blast! It was a fun movie!

  6. Untemplater says:

    Glad to hear it’s a hit! It looks funny from the previews. I’m a strict dvd gal so I’ll have to wait a few months to see it but glad it delivered. I enjoyed Freaky Friday and the whole concept of seeing what it’s like to be someone else so different from ourselves.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Haven’t seen Freaky Friday, should check it out. This is more from a guy’s point of view. I won’t be surprised if they make a girl’s one soon. I don’t think it would translate as well. Do you?

  7. hannamay says:

    Thanks for this review, I’m getting forward to watch that movie…

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