This has been the summer of raunchy movie comedies!
I’ve counted five so far: BRIDESMAIDS , HANGOVER II, BAD TEACHER, HORRIBLE BOSSES and FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.
Number 6 takes it over the top!
It’s THE CHANGE-UP, which takes the traditional body switching formula, adds its own heavy dose of vulgarity and debauchery, then ties it up tightly and throws it off the cliff.
Here Jason Bateman plays a well respected, ladder-climbing attorney at a prestigious law firm whose upcoming work on a corporate merger should solidify his partnership and round out his idyllic marriage with loving wife and mother Leslie Mann.
His best bud Ryan Reynolds is the polar opposite….
He’s a quasi employed ‘man-child’ who’s never met a responsibility he liked. He’s a bachelor. A cockhound. And would-be actor about to make his debut in a soft-porn movie—a lorno as the industry calls its light pornos.
Hard to believe but Bateman is jealous of Reynold’s lifestyle. So on a drunken boys night out, while pissing into a public fountain he proclaims: ‘I wish I had your life!’
You guessed it. The next morning they wake up in switched bodies with Reynolds now messing up the corporate merger and really messing with his buddies wife! On the flipside there’s Bateman, now having to perform sexually in front of the camera.
You’ve heard of THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN? This is two men pissing into a similar receptacle with less than favorable results.
THE CHANGE-UP as a date movie?
Depends on how well you know your date. What was apparent at our recent screening was that the audience didn’t expect anything this gross, rough and raunchy. There were audible sighs and nervous laughter coming from some stunned attendees since the TV spots and trailers for the film certainly don’t even come close to laying out just how far this movie pushes the envelope.
FREAKY FRIDAY it’s not!
It’s THE CHANGE-UP, also featuring Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin—and I’m raising 2-1/2 out of 5 extraordinary R-rated fingers.
You have been forewarned!
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