The Change-Up

Release date: 16 September 2011
Running time:
112 mins
David Dobkin
Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin

While they were growing up, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable but today their lives have diverged along different paths. Dave is now an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three. Mitch, by contrast, has successfully dodged responsibility and commitment, remaining a quasi-employed man-child.

Each is naturally jealous of the other, Mitch envies Dave's highly paid job, his beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann) and the kids who clearly adore him while Dave yearns for Mitch's simple, stress-free life. After a drunken night out together, their dreams come true - when they wake up in each other's bodies!

However, they quickly discover that reality doesn't match their expectations. Matters are complicated further by Dave's sexy work colleague Sabrina (Olivia Wilde) and Mitch's estranged dad (Alan Arkin). The question is, can they avoid ruining each other lives before they find a way back?

Screenplay: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Distributor: Universal

You should see it because: The writers of 'The Hangover' and director of 'Wedding Crashers' put a novel, decidedly adult spin on the popular body-swap genre.

See it if you liked: Wedding Crashers (2005), The Hangover (2009), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)