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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Reynolds' and Bateman's outrageous version of the usual plot -- THE CHANGE-UP Movie Review

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Bodies exchanging souls.  People exchanging lives.  Hollywood have tons of movies of the same plot and this is the route that the movie Change-Up dared to follow.

From Univercal Studios, Change-Up shares the story of bestfriends Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) who slowly grew apart.  While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked.  To Dave, Mitch has it all: a beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job as a lawyer.  To Dave, living Mitch's stress free life without responsibilities or consequences would be a dream come true.  As they envy each other's lives, one night after getting drunk, they woke up founding themselves in each other's bodies.  And this is where the conflicts, fun and realizations take place.

Change-up is a simple yet outrageous comedy movie that brings to life our wildest fantasies.  Mitch envied Dave's achievements while Dave envied Mitch's freedom.  And as they dream of and live each other's lives, they end up getting into hilarious situations that made the audience laugh like a  crazy bunch!  Think of discovering your friend living the wildest sex life you could never imagine and witness how you end up enjoying the perks of an executive and at the same time making a fool of influential businessmen.

Ryan Reynolds and Jasome Bateman are great comedians and their crazy antics gave life to the film.  The film's scene stealers are Dave's twin babies who made so many stunts that freaked out the viewers!  =D  Next to the babies, Leslie Mann added the laughter through her highly emotional portrayal of Jamie.  Up to this time, I can't forget that breastfeeding scene as well as the pooping stunt.  Those scenes brought the house down!  =D.  Dave's eldest daughter in the movie also made a mark by getting back at her bully classmate in a winning yet candid and funny strike!  Olivia Wilde as Sabrina, Dave's sexy legal associate, keep the audience warm not only because of her looks, eyes and body but her extremely hot character.

The conclusion is predictable, though it was resolved well with a simple yet to the point message with the characters realizing the blessings in their lives mixed up of course with imperfections. 

As mentioned, story wise, there is really nothing too new about Change-Up.  Such plot has been used over and over again but what's refreshing about this movie is the brand of comedy that Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds delivered.  It is light, it is fun, it is a perfect getaway for people who want a good time at the movies. 

From a scale of 1 to claps, I'm giving Change-Up a 7 with pees at the park haha.  From Universal Studios and distributed by Solar Entertainment Corporation and United International Pictures, Change-Up opens in theaters on September 28. 

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