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The Change-Up (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  5 August 2011 (USA)
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Dave is a married man with three kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, lightning strikes and they switch bodies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flemming Steel
Ted Norton
Ken Kinkabe
Blow-Dried Goon
Andrea Moore ...
Parks Foreman (as Matthew Cornwell)
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Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they've slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch's stress-free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other's bodies and proceed to freak out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other's lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further complicating matters are Dave's sexy legal associate, Sabrina (Olivia Wilde) and Mitch's estranged father (Alan Arkin). With time... Written by anonymous

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Who says men can't change?



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cambiazo  »

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Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,531,115 (USA) (5 August 2011)


$37,035,845 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ryan Reynold's character Mitch expertly wields a samurai sword in the beginning of the movie. Reynolds acquired this skill for his role as Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Samurai swords are further seen with or referred to by the character Mitch throughout the movie. See more »


When Dave (in Mitch's body) tells Sabrina he's on his way to see Dave just before she gives him the baseball tickets the motion of his jaw doesn't match the audio. See more »


[first lines]
Jamie Lockwood: [early morning baby crying] Your turn...
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.191 (2011) See more »


String Quartet In E Minor G. 202
Written by Luigi Boccherini
Performed by Quartetto Borciani
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Overworked, but Always Funny Storyline
26 January 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Atlanta, Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman) is an efficient and dedicated lawyer that expects to be promoted to partner of the law firm where he has been working for ten years after a merging operation and a family man, married with the gorgeous Jamie Lockwood (Leslie Mann) and father of three children. His best friend is the aspirant actor Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds), who is single, reckless and unemployed, and a quitter that never concludes what he is doing.

One night, Dave and Mitch drink a lot and they go to a fountain to pee and they both simultaneously wish to have the life of the other. On the next morning, they wake up and discover that they had switched bodies. They return to the square and find that the fountain has moved to an unknown place. Therefore, Mitch needs to become responsible to save the job and the promotion of his friend, while Dave feels how complicated is for him to date with his sexy and gorgeous colleague Sabrina McArdle (Olivia Wilde). Sooner they learn more about themselves and also that the life of the other is not as good and they believe it could be.

"The Change-Up" is an entertaining film with an overworked, but always funny storyline. I do not recall how many comedies I have seen with two persons switching bodies, but I always laugh a lot. "The Change-up" is no exception, especially with the hilarious Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman and Leslie Mann and the gorgeous Olivia Wilde, one of the most beautiful actresses that I have recently seen.

There are particularly two (gross) scenes that I repeated many times since I could not stop laughing: when Dave is cleaning his baby and trying to reach the diaper and when Mitch is in Dave's body and sees the half-naked Jamie going to the bathroom. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Eu Queria Ter a Sua Vida" ("I Wish I Had Your Life")

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