Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Change-Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Change-Up

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(15, 112 mins) Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Sydney Rouviere, Alan Arkin, Craig Bierko. Director: David Dobkin. Contains swearing, sex and violence.

THERE'S a good reason why Hollywood has been reluctant to pump millions into body swap comedies.

Since the 1988 classic Big, which saw Tom Hanks wishing himself to adulthood, the genre has failed to engage audiences, apart perhaps from the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday pairing Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Even High School Musical pin-up Zac Efron couldn't polish a tarnished dramatic conceit in the 2009S high-school comedy 17 Again.

The Change-Up continues the losing streak, asking us to believe that a workaholic family man and a bed-hopping slacker would honestly want to swap lives thanks to the magical intervention of an enchanted fountain statue.

We don't believe the characters' protestations of discontent or mutual envy for a second.

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore's script is riddled with many implausibilities. …

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