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The Change-Up (2011)

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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Who says men can't change?


Comedy | Fantasy

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:

Si fueras yo  »

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Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,531,115, 7 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

| (as Datasat Digital Sound)| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the female nudity is not real. Computer-generated breasts were used for Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde. See more »


The shadow of the boom mic can be seen as Mitch and Dave are talking in Dave's office before Sabrina walks in. See more »


[first lines]
Jamie Lockwood: [early morning baby crying] Your turn...
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Written by Kevin Griffin
Performed by Better Than Ezra
Courtesy of Entertainment One U.S. LP
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another switch bodies movie
8 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

This type of movie has just been done too many times and this time they make it gross as to how they switch bodies. It's by peeing in a public fountain.

So you have the married father of 3 responsible guy, Dave, whom switches bodies with his carefree rude best friend, Mitch. So they throw in some bad language, some boobs, and gross situations and you have a laughing riot of a time, right? Wrong, this was gross and the plot is just old to be funny to me. I mean, they have a baby squirting something into his dad's mouth. Plus babies playing with knives and electrical outlets.

FINAL VERDICT: This idea has been done too many times to bother watching again. Skip it.

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