Everybody’s got that friend. He can’t get through a sentence without a few f-bombs and would rather chat about your or your wife’s breasts – right in front of you -- than about the babbling newborn twin babies nearby. He doesn’t know how high is a little too high to be playfully tossing a little girl in the air. He doesn’t know how to talk to children, or about children, or even about growing up. Because he is a child.
“You see that look of innocence in that little girl's eyes and you say, ‘I need to push her into the stairs. I need to quiet that innocence,’” Ryan Reynolds laughs, after shooting a scene where he does just that.
That’s Reynolds’ Mitch in “The Change-Up,” forthcoming from “Wedding Crashers” director David Dobkin and “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The “Green Lantern” actor performs opposite of Jason Bateman’s Dave, who plays into somewhat familiar territory as a family man holding down the domestic fort with wife Jamie (Leslie Mann). Mitch is a blonde-streaked womanizer and aspiring actor, still living in a man-cave covered with band posters and college tchotchkes, and best-friend-since-high-school Dave has a straight-laced j-o-b (and law associates with what’s described as “dream girl” Olivie Wilde, as Sabrina).
Now imagine they magically switch, switch bodies, and go through what Dobkin describes as a “hall pass” conversation about men, marriage and fidelity (and what you’d have tattooed onto your buddies body while he’s not “looking”).
Does it sound a little heady? Add in the movie’s hard-R rating. This is no “Vice-Versa.”
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