Screen Junkies » The Change-Up http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:54:28 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Where Are They Now?: Ryan Reynolds http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/where-are-they-now-ryan-reynolds/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/where-are-they-now-ryan-reynolds/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:41:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226547 Remember Ryan Reynolds? He's still alive!

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Summer 2011. A simpler time. The nation was boogeying to the latest Cee Lo Green recording, and Ryan Reynolds was poised to rul the box office with not just one, but two, surefire hits. However, as Reynolds found out, things don’t always go as planned.

First, there was The Green Lantern. Reynold’s third foray into the comic book movie genre and his biggest role to date. Unlike Thor, which was released a few weeks before, Lantern was not a runaway hit. Poor reviews and bad marketing sealed this film’s fate and it didn’t not earn back its $200 million budget. Then there was The Change-Up. Which also suffered from lame marketing that didn’t highlight the film’s strengths. Reynolds co-starred with Jason Bateman in the gross-out comedy about people getting pooped on. Which is exactly what happened to The Change-Up at the box office, earning only $34 million dollars in three weeks of release like some kind of jerk.

So what’s next for Reynolds after back-to-back summer bombs? The SJ Detectives did a little digging to find out what Reynolds has been up to over the last four days since the summer movie season ended.

Sadly, Reynolds is taking the news pretty hard and has sank into a deep depression. He’ taken to sleeping in the coffin used to film Buried and has grown a beard — a style he has only worn in darker films like The Amityville Horror and Blade: Trinity. He’s also been spotted hanging around the campus where Van Wilder was filmed, attempting to ingratiate himself to the incoming freshmen with the promise of showing them the way to a laid-back, college existence. Perhaps not surprisingly, Kal Penn has also been seen hanging around. At last report, Campus Public Safety had placed a boot on his golf cart.

People Magazine reports that he’s been seen stopping by Sandra Bullock‘s house unexpectedly. Though gossips are speculating a romance between the now single former co-stars, this is clearly a case of one friend supporting and counseling another. Reynolds has had it rough recently and Bullock knows all too well what it feels like to be publicly embarrassed. Lest we forget what Bullock suffered? That’s right. I refer of course to the double whallup of Speed 2: Cruise Control and Hope Floats.

What Reynolds needs to remember is that it’s not his fault. He’s an actor. He did his part by reading the lines and being polite to Kathie Lee and Hoda. Despite the public reaction, word of mouth is that he was very funny in The Change-Up and his head did a wonderful job as the Lantern. What he needs now is a more lighthearted romantic comedy to ease him back into the audience’s good graces.  Then he can move back into action movies. Then a tense hospital/legal drama. This method has worked for Matthew McConaughey for years. And if he can achieve a hit without calling upon Kate Hudson, he truly is a master.

Until that time, he’ll have to be content with being in the physical prime of his life, driving his awesome motorcycle around, getting occasional modeling work, and dating insanely hot women. It will be tough. But he’ll pull through.

 

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Apes’ Rise, ‘Change-Up’ Sinks http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-apes-rise-change-up-sinks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-apes-rise-change-up-sinks/#comments Sun, 07 Aug 2011 21:38:45 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223844 Maybe Jason Bateman should have switched bodies with a monkey.

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In the deadly world of Hollywood, you either have to adapt or die. And looking at the weekend performance of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it would be reasonable to expect movies with all-ape casts by the end of the year. It managed to surprise analysts with a very healthy $54 million opening. For you stat-hounds, that places it as the 5th best August opening weekend of all time (if you don’t adjust for inflation). The fact that it’s actually a pretty good movie means that humans might be completely irrelevant soon. I can’t wait for Rise of the Planet of the Humans in a few years.

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The other big movie opening this weekend also managed to surprise, but not in a good way. It’s The Change-Up, which somehow managed to not wow moviegoers with its sparkling-new premise of two people (Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds) with different lives changing bodies. For its trouble, it has a $13.5 million opening weekend. Maybe the body-switching movie next year will do better. (Box Office Mojo)

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Leslie Mann Isn’t Really Topless In ‘The Change-Up’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leslie-mann-isnt-really-topless-in-the-change-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/leslie-mann-isnt-really-topless-in-the-change-up/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:00:59 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223034 She's going to confuse a lot of grown men.

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There’s already been talk of The Change-Up star Olivia Wilde getting CGI nipples in an upcoming comedy, but it’s Leslie Mann‘s nude scenes that’ll have guys both enticed and perplexed.

For the real deal, check out 10 Classic Topless Scenes

The adorable and talented actress has been a prominent female lead lately thanks to a helping hand from director/producer/writer husband Judd Apatow. Mann’s never been afraid to show a little skin, but even in The Cable Guy when she was at unknown, she didn’t give away the farm (the farm being her bare breasts). Perhaps that’s why it’s so surprising to see her topless in The Change-Up. Or are we being duped? Turns out the latter might be the case.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Mann all but admitted that her topless scenes in the film might be a bit embellished. When asked what it was like to shoot those scenes, the actress replied:

“To grow bigger boobs? I know, it was really hard, but some people can do that, and I can. It’s a strange talent I have.”

She then jokingly confirmed the use of a body-double, saying, “Yeah, I can do things like that.” And when asked if her husband had seen the film, Mann replied, “Yeah. He liked them.”

So there you have it, Leslie Mann sports prosthetic larger-than-average breasts in The Change-Up and Judd Apatow doesn’t mind them. Whether she got to take them home with her for later use is still a mystery, and a case for TMZ.

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Links Away: Jason Bateman And Ryan Reynolds Talk ‘The Change-Up’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-jason-bateman-and-ryan-reynolds-pimp-the-change-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-jason-bateman-and-ryan-reynolds-pimp-the-change-up/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2011 00:29:52 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=223425 Just a couple of dudes pushing a movie.

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Just a couple of dudes pushing a movie. Wearing suits. Eating chips.

These links switched bodies with other links. It is so wacky:

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Matt Damon‘s Five Best Unscripted Political Moments (Pajiba)

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Borderlands 2 And Shoddy Journalism (GameFront)

How To Be A Player Kind Of (TuVez)

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Review: ‘The Change-Up’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-change-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-change-up/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 22:29:28 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223406 A body swapping comedy that’s more focused on poop and butt hole jokes.

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The Change-Up is a watchable generic comedy. It’s okay for a night out or a DVD, but it’s hard to call it good. We’re not talking embarrassing or offensive, but you still want more.

Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) switch bodies thanks to a magic fountain. At least the film has the decency to acknowledge that it doesn’t really matter what caused the body swapping. They pee in a fountain, the lights black out, they wake up as each other. Boom.

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It turns out they weren’t really jealous of each other’s lives. They were each just being polite. So it’s not a wish fulfillment. Mitch is now saddled with a job and a family and Dave is forced to be an actor on a lorno set (light porno, a totally contrived sequence that goes for the easiest laughs). The poster is a lie. Dave never has three ways with hot girls. All his sexual encounters are played for laughs.

It’s funnier to see Bateman and Reynolds play each other’s personas than their own. Maybe they should really switch. The script is not what I’d call inspired though. Dave and Mitch do a lot of babbling. Their dialogue is not clever, but they say it so fast the audience thinks they’ve heard jokes. To their credit, that’s probably the actors’ improv and it’s probably an improvement over what was actually written.

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Mitch being inappropriate to Dave’s kids is a really thin joke. He teaches Dave’s daughter to fight back against a ballet school bully, but pointing out the insincerity of stroking a child’s ego doesn’t really seem like a joke. After the first few F bombs, we get it. He’s swearing in front of children.

Dave’s wife Jamie (Leslie Mann) is legitimately upset by these shenanigans. She’s trying to keep her family together, making her the perfect straight woman. If only she had some good comedy to which she could react.

Mitch and Dave learn about themselves by taking each other’s perspectives. Mitch gets to hear his dad (Alan Arkin) say something nice about him, because dad can only say it to Dave. Dave sees what a bad husband he’s been because Jamie can only confide in Mitch. Mitch experiences a child’s love. Awww.

Oh, Dave is also working on a major deal for his promotion, which is the generic job Mitch has to learn how to do when they switch bodies. I mean, it’s not as horrifying as 17 Again, also starring Mann and another recent take on the ‘80s high concept. That was all about a guy wishing he hadn’t abandoned the teenage girl he knocked up, and it had Thomas Lennon peacocking. So go see The Change-Up for a body swapping comedy that’s more focused on poop and butt hole jokes.

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Leslie Mann http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/leslie-mann/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/leslie-mann/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:30:25 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=223044 Leslie Mann is Jamie Lockwood in 'The Change-Up.'

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Leslie Mann is Jamie Lockwood in The Change-Up. Mann, who has been acting since the very early nineties, recently gained mainstream attention with her roles in husband Judd Apatow‘s ever-popular comedy flicks. She’ll appear in another, as of yet untitled, Apatow picture next year.

A word from Leslie: ”You’ve never done mushrooms?”

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Exclusive: ‘Change-Up’ Red-Band Trailer Gets A Little Randy http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/change-up-red-band-trailer-gets-a-little-randy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/change-up-red-band-trailer-gets-a-little-randy/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:58:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222191 It turns out switching bodies with your best friend DOES create all sorts of problems.

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The new Change-Up trailer is here exclusive to Screen Junkies, and it’s got a more ribald tint to it than what you’ve seen on TV and in the theaters. Beyond the usual dose of red-band talk of boners, f-bombs, and “masterating,” we also get a little more Olivia Wilde in this one, which is never a bad thing.

This trailer also sheds a little more light on how the Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds body/mind transfer unfolds, and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by revealing that wacky mishaps abound. Reynolds has difficulty immediately adjusting to married life! Jason Bateman must revert to bachelorhood! Only with this red-band trailer, the producers are able to get a little more…detailed.

Also, we learn that Bateman’s wife (Leslie Mann’s character) has a bald spot on her vagina. I have no reason to believe that was drawn from reality, but it’s fun to pretend it is, if only for a minute.

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‘The Change-Up’ Trailer: A Bateman/Reynolds Body Switch

Universal Pictures is giving Screen Junkies readers the opportunity to see a free advanced screening of The Change-Up. The hilariously raunchy body-switching comedy from the director of Wedding Crashers and the writer of The Hangover stars Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. The screenings are happening in several cities across the country, each allowing ten attendees with a guest. Get your butts over to THIS SITE right now to sign up and secure your spot. Then snap a pool cue in half, drop it in the center of a circle of your friends, and tell them whomever is left standing gets to be your plus one.

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TV Spots Galore: ‘Super 8′, ‘Cowboys And Aliens’, ‘Apes’, ‘Captain America’, And ‘The Change-Up’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/tv-spots-galore-super-8-cowboys-and-aliens-apes-captain-america-and-the-change-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/tv-spots-galore-super-8-cowboys-and-aliens-apes-captain-america-and-the-change-up/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 22:47:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214654 Why watch TV at all when you can get all the movie commercials right here in this post?

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It’s the end of the week, which means that we get a respite from the dregs of the Friday news cycle courtesy of a whole slew of TV spots for upcoming films. We’ve got the first one for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the second one for The Change-Up, the third for Captain ‘merica, the fourth for Cowboys and Aliens, and the ninth for Super 8, despite the fact that we still don’t know what the hell is going on there. These spots come to us from Coming Soon, so we would like to apologize in advance for the poor quality. Just kidding. Those guys are all right.

Super 8:

Cowboys and Aliens:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

The Change-Up:

Captain America:

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Here’s ‘The Change-Up’ Trailer You Can Watch With The Whole Family http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/heres-the-change-up-trailer-you-can-watch-with-the-whole-family/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/heres-the-change-up-trailer-you-can-watch-with-the-whole-family/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 18:00:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=211547 What this version of the trailer lacks in outright profanity, it more than makes up for in bodily functions.

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It’s a little less tawdry than the original red-band trailer we showed you, but don’t worry, there’s still liquid poop flying in Jason Bateman‘s eyes and talk of the lovemaking positions “The Arsenio Hall” and “Arabian Goggles.” The Change-Up will cause you to forget everything you ever knew about mind-transfer comedies, which, if you’re born after 1985, shouldn’t be too difficult.

Beyond that, this trailer is pretty similar to the one from before. But don’t dismiss it entirely. Let it serve as another reminder that you should never make wishes in front of unfamiliar statues. Because they might grant them. And then you might inherit your friend’s body and life, neither of which are as good as Ryan Reynolds‘. I promise you.

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‘The Change-Up’ Trailer: A Bateman/Reynolds Body Switch http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-change-up-trailer-marks-the-next-step-in-wedding-crashersthe-hangover-comedies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-change-up-trailer-marks-the-next-step-in-wedding-crashersthe-hangover-comedies/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:08:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207997 In the vein of 'Vice Versa' and 'Like Father, Like Son' comes another awesome mind-transfer movie, only without dads and sons.

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The Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds comedy The Change-Up has a trailer. Which is good, because we were getting a little sick of staring at this one image for the past few months. The film features one of my favorite plot devices – the ‘ole mind/body switch-a-roo. In this instance, Reynolds is the carefree bachelor while Bateman is a Michael Bluth-type family man. They envy each other, get struck by lightning, switch bodies, and hilarity ensues.

How do I know hilarity ensues? I don’t, but it’s an educated guess. The film is directed by the helmer of Wedding Crashers and written by The Hangover guys. Call it a hunch.

We’ve also got a poster for you. It would appear that both men are having threesomes, only Jason Bateman‘s is with babies. Pretty edgy stuff.

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3 Stills, 1 Article: ‘The Change-Up’, ‘Ceremony’, ‘Dream House’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/3-stills-1-article-the-change-up-ceremony-dream-house/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/3-stills-1-article-the-change-up-ceremony-dream-house/#comments Sat, 29 Jan 2011 01:27:07 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23295 What do the films The Change-Up, Dream House, and Ceremony have in common? Absolutely nothing, Here are some stills from the films.

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What do the films The Change-Up, Dream House, and Ceremony have in common? Absolutely nothing, other than they all released stills today that are below for your viewing pleasure.

The 1980′s were clearly the heyday of mind-body transfer movies. Fred Savage and Judge Reinhold switched it up in Vice Versa, Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore did it with Like Father, Like Son, then there was 18 Again! starring George Burns and some other dude. I never saw that one. The 90′s offered a death rattle in the way of a Freaky Friday remake, but it seemed clear that the concept was destined to die off. But Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds said “not on our watch,” and came to our rescue with The Change-Up (via Playlist), in which an uptight guy and his slacker friend switch bodies. Shocked? Ryan Reynolds sure is:

Then we’ve got Dream House starring Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig, in which a family moves into a new home, only to find that the previous inhabitants were murdered, possibly at the hands of the husband/father. They discover that they are doomed to repeat the fate of the family before them, which makes Mr. Craig register an expression that can best be described as “concern.” (Playlist)

Finally, we’ve got Ceremony which follows a young man (Michael Angarano) who crashes the wedding of a character played by Uma Thurman. This act makes the boy very relatable, as most anyone could develop an infatuation with the Thurmanator. In an interesting wrinkle that could only occur during our technological renaissance, Ceremony is hitting VOD on March 4th and theaters April 8th. (Playlist)

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