In the race for best comedy of the summer, The Change-Up gives Bridesmaids a run for its money. It has all the laughs that were missing from The Hangover Part II, all the over-the-top crudeness that was missing from Horrible Bosses, all the life-lessons and heartwarming moments that were missing from Bad Teacher and puts them together in a nice, comfortable package. And while the cliched idea of a body switch comedy might not seem appealing on the surface, director David Dobkin keeps things interesting by pacing the film like a runaway train. Super-charged by two perfect lead performances by Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, The Change-Up can be wildly uneven at times, but somehow manages to balance it all out in a way that’s both satisfying and hilarious. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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‘The Change-Up’ Red-Band Trailer #2

I think most of you know The Change-Up drill by now: Jason Bateman is a family man, Ryan Reynolds is his perpetually single best friend, and after some mystical occurrence, they switch bodies. Awkward sexual antics and general hilarity ensue. We’ve seen some funny moments in previous trailers, and now there is a new red-band clip to prove the film’s pervy pedigree. Check it out below. Read More »

‘The Change-Up’ Trailer

Our first look at The Change-Up, from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, was a red band trailer that spent a couple minutes reveling in the fact that the film was written as a very R-rated comedy. This new theatrical trailer is basically a tamer version of that first look, though it does include a couple of new bits.

This time the emphasis is more on the interaction between Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, playing lifelong friends who mystically switch bodies and lives after taking a drunken leak in a public fountain. (“I knew it!” cries Bateman upon discovering the switch, thereby accepting and moving past the whole process behind the conceit.) And while the raunchy aspects of the film will probably be fun, the interaction between the two, and their riffs as each actor partially impersonates the other, will be the heart of the film. Check out the new(ish) trailer below, and see if The Change-Up is going to change your mind about body-switching comedies. Read More »

‘The Change-Up’ Red-Band Trailer

The Change-Up, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) asks a very important question: what if two drunk friends pissing in the same fountain accidentally changed bodies and got to live each others lives? Yep, The Change-Up is a body-switching comedy, and it gives about as much weight to the reason for the switch as Hot Tub Time Machine did time travel. The point is really to watch Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds freak out as they try to navigate the life they momentarily envied. Watch the freakout begin in the new red-band trailer, after the break. Read More »

Here are two first looks, one of Jim Sheridan‘s domestic thriller Dream House, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, and then one of the ‘body-switching’ comedy The Change-Up, in which Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds find their personalities swapped into one another’s bodies. The second image and info on both films, after the break. Read More »

17 Again

The body-switching comedy is a minor sub-genre that will never die. Every five years or so we’re bound to get a new story in which two people switch bodies so that hilarity may ensue. They may be a pair that are young and old, male and female, or hot and… not hot. In the case of The Change-Up, the situation is more or less the latter. And now the film boasts Leslie Mann (who was just in an age-regression movie, close cousin to the body swap setup) among the other cast members as it prepares to roll cameras. Read More »

Ryan Reynolds has a huge slate of projects lined up, which has led to obvious questions about whether any one or the other might have to give way due to scheduling issues. His two big comic book-derived films are Deadpool, long in development, still without a director, tangentially related to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and possibly a pretty crazy film.

And there’s R.I.P.D., to be directed by Robert Schwentke, helmer of Red. But there’s only so much time in the world, and it sounds like one of those films could well have to give way to the other. Read More »

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We haven’t heard anything serious about The Change-Up since March. It is a body-switching comedy to be directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman as the guys who switch meat suits to comedic effect. Now there’s a leading lady: the increasingly in-demand Olivia Wilde. Read More »

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