The Change-Up Reviewed

Admit it! How many times have you wished for someone else’s life? Now I’m not just talking to married guys wishing they were single, I’m talking to both sexes here. Really as much as the movie poster suggests that this is a guy movie, there’s really something in it for both sides here. Wishing for another person’s happy or care-free life is something both sexes have wished for so I’m not limiting this movie to just guys. First let’s get some background of the movie.

The Plot

Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason 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.

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 crap 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.

The Verdict

After watching the trailer of this movie I figured that it would be sort of a bro-movie. The type you go watch with you guy friends to celebrate a night of bromance so to speak. Unexpected though is a sort of wholesome-ness to this movie, especially at the end. You see through out the film you can kind of relate to what Mitch and Dave were going through respectively and you feel for them, you might actually even go as far as to say “Yeah married guys should have some ‘single’ time and  single guys should learn the values of marriage.” Well if I’m making any sense at all at what I’m saying is that it’s a movie with morals.

I mean think about it…there will always be times where a married man wishes that he was single, to have that kind of freedom he used to have, away from all the responsibilities and what not. And the single guy?….well let’s just say most men only grow up after marriage. Thing is, this movie exaggerates things by having the magical body switch-a-roo (available only in movies) and quite literally brings the imagination of a married man to life. I do actually really appreciate this film. It’s that literal setting of 2 different characters switching bodies and their lives that suddenly makes you stop and realise how lucky a situation you’re in because at least you know you’re used to it and you’re mostly in control.

I’m sorry, I’ve got all self help therapy on you…..ok back to the movie verdict. This is Jason Bateman playing a role that’s lively, radical and totally different from his usual straight deadpan style of comedy. Refreshing? Yes. Ryan Reynolds is at his usual best though I did find his character a little too vulgar for me. None the less as he tries struggles to let go of the responsible side of him to be this single irresponsible struggling artiste, you feel a sense of relief from his character. It’s like the person underneath is Jason Bateman finally letting go and enjoying life a little. You can also see how the stars are really having a good time assuming each other’s personas.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

For morals and appreciating your current life, go see it. For a pretty funny comedy, go see it. For OLIVIA WILDE, go see it!

The Change-Up opens in cinemas Oct 6

Photos courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

By Elliott Danker

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