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Movie Review – The Change Up

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I love a good comedy, as nothing can either break a low mood or lift a day to another whole level, like seeing a great comedy and having a good laugh. Comedies, of course, have been around since film was first invented, but when the film business came of age, there was a new sub genre of the comedy film and that’s the adult comedy - one that’s going for at least an R rating, where they can let loose with the rude jokes, bad language and some nudity thrown in for good measure. In fact, often these films are more telling of real life, as it’s rare to go a day of laughs and everything being PG in your own world. But R rated adult comedies run a thin line of doing it for the sake of doing it, or doing it because it’s naturally justified. When I saw the trailer for this film, I thought this looked like a good laugh, but I had heard it was more R rated then you would expect.

“Growing up together, Mitch and Dave 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, 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, and Mitch's estranged father. With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each other's lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.”

Well, this film was very much an R rated adult comedy, and it surprised me afterwards to see how many ladies were in the audience along with their friends. Either they left in shock, or that’s exactly why they were there! Either way, this film felt a little forced on the R rated front, which means in my eyes they didn’t run that thin line well. Not that I didn’t enjoy the film, but it just wasn’t as good as I think it could have been if it had restrained itself a little bit. Though, as far as a body swap comedy movie goes, it was pretty decent.

8 out of 10 from me.

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