Red-band trailer & poster for THE CHANGE-UP with Ryan Reynolds & Jason Bateman

Red-band trailer & poster for THE CHANGE-UP with Ryan Reynolds & Jason Bateman

I can honestly say that Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman are two of my favorite comedic actors working today. I’m not entirely sold on GREEN LANTERN, but willing to give it a chance, mainly because I admittedly have a man crush on Reynolds. Thankfully both actors are paired up in what looks to be a somewhat raunchy sex comedy called THE CHANGE-UP, which s directed by David Dobkin (WEDDING CRASHERS) and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (THE HANGOVER) – I’m sold just with that info alone. In a magical twist, a ladies man and his best friend who is married with kids switch lives living out their days in each other’s bodies. This almost feels like a lost comedic buddy film from the 1980’s. Add to the cast Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and Leslie Mann, and you’ve got a must-see adult comedy. The red band trailer below had me laughing multiple times, and even the poster above makes me giggle a bit. This is officially on my radar. Check it out and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in The Change-Up, from director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), writers Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (The Hangover) and producer Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious, Click). The R-rated comedy takes the traditional body-switching movie, ties it up tightly and throws it off a cliff.

Growing up together, Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Bateman) 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 (Leslie Mann), 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 the &*#@ 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 (Olivia Wilde), and Mitch’s estranged father (Alan Arkin). 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.

THE CHANGE-UP opens August 5, 2011

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.