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.
Truth be told, I gave this one only a cursory glance because after red-band trailers revealed a lot of the jokes in Horrible Bosses and 30 Minutes or Less I’m wary of the same thing happening once more. The Change-Up can’t have a bottomless well of funny, filthy stuff, so I’d rather see it all in context. For those who feel differently, have a go:
Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in The Change-Up, from director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), writers Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (The Hangover) and producer Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious, Click). The R-rated comedy takes the traditional body-switching movie, ties it up tightly and throws it off a cliff.
Growing up together, Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they’ve slowly drifted 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 Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch’s stress free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true.
Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave’s worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other’s bodies and proceed to freak the &*#@ out.
Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other’s lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further complicating matters are Dave’s sexy legal associate, Sabrina (Olivia Wilde), and Mitch’s estranged father (Alan Arkin). With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each other’s lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.
The Change-Up opens August 5, 2011. Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin co-star.