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The Change-Up Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

Freaky Guyday Read full review

2.5

Grae Drake Profile

As crazy as two white dudes switching places can get. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Let's give this ghastly studio comedy a Truthiness in Advertising award, if nothing else.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The Change-Up bravely attempts to revive the dormant subgenre but it's a lame effort that grows increasingly frantic and foul-mouthed as the realization sets in that the gimmick isn't working.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The Change-Up should have fired on all cylinders. What went wrong here?

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Soon enough it's back to stale jokes about spousal date nights.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Overly crude body-swapping comedy isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this raunchy body-swapping comedy is more like The Hangover than Freaky Friday. From the opening F-bomb to the end credits, the movie is chock full of language ("f--k" is said in nearly every scene), sexuality (nudity includes breasts, a soft porn movie set, and a fully naked, very pregnant woman), and crass toilet humor. Plus, the movie's themes are actually pretty mature, revolving around two best friends who couldn't be less like each other but secretly envy each other's life. Because it stars two of the funniest actors in Hollywood (Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds), parents should expect even young teens to be interested, but this movie is definitely a "hard-R" for a reason.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays sexuality. Which relationships are healthy, and which are unhealthy? How can you tell?
  • What about drinking and drug use? Are they shown realistically? What are some of the real-life consequences of getting drunk and smoking pot?
  • Dave envies Mitch's carefree life, but is Mitch as fulfilled as Dave? Is freedom from responsibility still as attractive in someone in their late 30s as it is in someone in their 20s? Why is growing up and starting a family depicted as boring?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Hidden beneath all of the crude comedy is the message that if you take a hard look at your life, you'll see areas that need improvement and should take the opportunity to better yourself and love your family and friends.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Dave is hardworking, but he takes his life for granted -- especially his wife. He also envies his single and responsibility-free friend too much. Mitch isn't a role model at all except for the fact that he can somehow remember details about Dave's life that even his best friend can't recall.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Some slapstick scenes involving Dave/Mitch and twin babies. When Mitch is stuck in Dave's body, the twins end up wielding a knife, almost sticking their hand in a blender, etc. Mitch also encourages Dave's young daughter to "solve all your problems through violence," so she hits her ballet bully. Pregnant Tatiana gets very angry at Mitch and pushes him on his back and threatens him. The guys have to run away from mall security when they pee in a public fountain.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Nudity in several scenes, including a graphic soft-porn movie shoot and a sexual proposition from a woman in late-term pregnancy (viewers see her nearly full frontal, and the baby visibly moves her third-trimester belly). Dave masturbates while in Mitch's body, and both men seem fascinated with the quirks of each other's bodies (Dave has an extra testicle). While in Dave's body, Mitch sees his wife nursing her baby and, later, undressing and then sitting on the toilet while wearing an open robe that shows her breasts. Another woman strips down to her thong and bra and climbs on top of Mitch, but they don't have sex. Candid, potentially vulgar conversations about sex, adultery, sexual positions (they all have humorous names), and experience.

  • language false5

    Language: The first word Dave utters is "f--k," and that sets the tone of the movie. There's not a sentence of dialogue that doesn't include a curse word; even conversations with children include questionable language. In addition to the countless F-bombs, there's "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "bitch," "d--k," "whore," "t-ts," "balls," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Product placements aren't distracting, but the guys spend a good deal of time in Dave's Range Rover and Mitch's Fiero.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mitch is an avowed pot-head, so bongs, joints, and other marijuana paraphernalia are shown regularly. Mitch even smokes a joint while driving. The guys also get drunk more than once -- doing shots -- and there's drinking during a few dinner party and date scenes.

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