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Dave had to work four jobs to put himself through college, according to a conversation between his best friend and his wife, but at the celebration for making partner at his firm it is said that he had a full ride to Princeton. But they then go on to say he graduated from Yale Law with no mention of a scholarship. It is most likely that the 4 jobs were to pay for Yale. See more »
Well, the cast looks good enough, and it bills itself as a comedy. However, for some reason, Hollywood still hasn't received the message that not EVERY person wants to hear a never-ending bombardment of foul language. Am I a prude? Nope. But if you took out "f#@$" (rhymes with "luck") out of the script, the movie would be maybe 15 minutes long.
It was with great disappointment that only 40 minutes into it, we could no longer stand to listen to it. The humor was often gross-out humor, like the father getting feces in his mouth from changing the baby's diaper, peeing in a public fountain, and other "high-end" stuff like that. I found myself going fairly quickly from looking forward to the comedy (misnamed, for sure) to being uncomfortable, to being completely repulsed.
The premise is cute enough, if not already overused. Two friends end up wishing they had each other's lives, and while peeing in the fountain, some sort of power outage occurs, and they wake up the next morning in each other's bodies. Freaky Friday all over again, but without the humor and without the class. The addition of the language just puts it into a category all by itself. There's no need at all for the quantity of it - a few times, maybe. But it is E-N-D-L-E- S-S. There are plenty of nude scenes in there too, since one friend is supposedly an actor in the porn industry. I am sure you can grasp all the fun they have with that one.
If you are 15 and find offensive language really funny, or you just have almost no vocabulary and don't realize there are lots of other words out there, then you might like this movie. If, however, you are an adult and have an IQ over 70, then you'll want to keep on looking. It isn't funny, despite a decent cast. It's just obnoxious and hard to listen to. As I type this, I have the sound off with closed caption, which unfortunately still shows the real dialog - it never ends. There are some scenes that are just trashy, and "R" is definitely the correct rating for this one. The cast should be ashamed of this one, and want it removed from their resume.
Do yourself and your ears a favor and don't bother. Just hit your thumb with a hammer, let it fly, and you'll have had just as entertaining a time as this movie offers, and neither the foul language nor the pain will last nearly as long.
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