The Change Up
Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde
The Change Up, a new comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman as best friends who switch personalities, feels as though it switched directors midway through.
The first hour is all gross out — baby endangerment, diaper hijinks and pregnant sex kittens — but into the second hour the characters not only start respecting one another, but the audience as well. It’s still pretty outrageous stuff, but it has far more heart than the first half and the “I can’t believe they just did that” laughs morph into genuine laughs based on the story and characters.