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"The Change-Up" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

One drunken night, two friends admit that they wish they had the others life. Mitch (Reynolds) thinks Dave has it all: a beautiful, loving family and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. But Dave (Bateman) thinks Mitch's stress-free life without obligation or consequence is the real dream come true. The next morning they wake up, hungover, in each others bodies, and proceed to freak out! With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each others lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 hr 57 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Staring: Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman
  • Directed by David Dobkin
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This movie is similar to Disney’s Freaky Friday except with a more adult twist. You have the successful lawyer who is “all work and no fun” kind of guy swapping bodies with his exact opposite friend, a pot smoking, carefree sex addict. You can almost predict what is going to ensue, can’t you? The first half of the movie starts out with plenty of crass (read raunchy) humor and goes down hill from there. The second half of the flick actually gets better as the guys learn how to deal with family, life and what it means to be a responsible human being. I guess any movie that takes the main flawed characters and transforms them into better people can't be all that bad, but why do adult comedies have to rely so heavily on swearing or getting baby poop in your mouth as a substitute for real comedy? And what’s up with the CGI’d female body parts? If you liked Hangover, you'll like this film, but it is not to be viewed with your pre-teens.

Technical

In spite of the silly subject matter of the film, the picture quality is outstanding. Reynolds apartment abounds with bold colors and wonderful details. Contrast is generally very good with colors that pop. Fine details show up clearly in the close-ups (note the small scar on the right cheek of a stunning Ms. Wilde). Sound was equally up to snuff with the picture quality. Clear dialog is mixed in with a nice soundtrack. The surrounds and sub come to play when called for.

Extras
Audio commentary with director David Dobkin, Family Matter: Behind-the-scenes featurette with the special FX team, Time for a Change: Featurette with cast and crew, gag reel and deleted scenes.