The Change-Up

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Two men who are best friends, one a workaholic lawyer (Jason Bateman) and the other a womanizing slacker (Ryan Reynolds), seem fed up with their own lives. One night they’re drunk at what is apparently a magical fountain, because when they wake up the next morning their consciousnesses are in each other’s bodies. To undo the spell, they imagine they must visit the same fountain, but the fountain has been dug up and lost in a bureaucratic system. They have to live each other’s lives until they make the transformation again.

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The Change–up is loaded with profanity and nudity, and you may see smoke coming from your ClearPlay unit before it’s through. All told, more than 250 profanities are excised (100–plus F–words), and that’s just the beginning. Sexually explicit scenes, toilet usage and nudity are cut, leaving behind some unfunny gags about being a fish out of water that were old but done better when they were on I Love Lucy. ClearPlay improves the movie, but not enough for a recommendation.

Will The Change–up give me an out–of–body experience?…

The Change–up attempts to show that, no matter how much we might want someone else’s life, we’ll always be happiest with our own. In other words, it says what every body–swapping movie says. Do yourself a favor and get one of the other ones.

Marty Nabhan—ClearPlay Freaky Friday Recommender

Rated R for pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use; 112 min; Directed by David Dobkin
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