Friday, December 9, 2011

The Change-Up. D-

The problem with The Change-Up is that it seems to use vulgarity for its own sake rather than to amuse the audience. It tries to stretch the limit not to be a funnier movie but because it wants to be looked upon as the comedy that dared to do this or that. It also presents a society in which men and women are quite unpleasant creatures, one that definitely represents the few rather than the many. A body-swap comedy that sticks to tradition, The Change-Up is an unpleasant and even disturbing comedy, one that can't even be enjoyed if you're looking for a stupid laugh. Surely Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, and Olivia Wilde, all good actors, were aware that they were making a bad movie. Though in all likelihood, this revelation did not occur until shooting was complete. The Change-Up actually has a few laughs, and they're pretty good ones. But too often the film reminded me just how lousy it really is, and just how reprehensible its characters are. Did Jason Bateman really like the father he played, a man with a good job, a wife and three kids who also happens to be profane and starved for sex? The only problem is that the movie treats all of these things as one package that is his character. That's the way he is, and there's nothing wrong with that. And I'm not even bothering with the sentimental stuff. Might we have on our hands the worst movie of 2011?

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