|Ryan Reynolds cursing at children...not all that funny|
|Workaholic Dave. *Note: no children were harmed in the making of this film. Or at least I dont think so.*|
|"You just said the F-word! OMG!"|
However, the movie does have its bright spots that shine on through the cussing, grossness, and disappointment. There are definitely some funny parts, my favorite of which is a Mitch-In-Dave's-Body office chair scene where I was nearly crying as he tried to adjust it to the right height. The switching bodies plot is well done (the basic premise of the movie is that Mitch and Dave wish they had each other's lives and mysteriously it comes true...if you have seen Freaky Friday you can figure out the rest) and I liked the way that the two men realize that they need to switch back...which brings me to the highlight of the movie. There are certain scenes where the vulgarity dials down, cussing is put somewhat on the backburner, and the moral of the story comes through. When Dave is enjoying a stress-free life for a few days, Mitch is learning to be a man, Dave's date with Sabrina, and finally the moment where Mitch is being awarded the lawyer partnership while Dave is having a sexual encounter with Sabrina (keep in mind I am referring to who is inside the bodies, not whose physical bodies they are. Confusing I know). In all of these moments, it was clear that there was a GREAT movie lying underneath all the crap. These are the moments where we learn about the characters, and we are presented with the morals of the story: appreciate what you have, take time to focus on what is important in life, and changing yourself is not always a bad thing. The lessons learned resonate strongly, and even somewhat emotionally once they are presented, but then are quickly undercut by more cussing or gross activity.
Lastly, I have to take the time to congratulate Olivia Wilde for directly threatening Blake Lively's position as my "Angel #0". She has never looked more gorgeous than she does in this movie, not to mention she acts her part well, and very convincingly too. It makes me wonder if she is somewhat like her character, Sabrina, in real life, which, if you see the movie, would be a dream come true. Seriously, how does someone look this good? It makes my heart hurt...
And when you are losing that game to Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, you ought to know that its time for a change-up.
- Olivia Wilde and her direct challenge to Blake Lively as hottie-of-the-summer
- Some funny parts -- hilarious office chair scene
- I learned some new curse words combinations that aren't from my brother and the firestation
- Well made movie from a production standpoint
- Has underlying hints of greatness with great lessons to teach coupled with some emotionally packed scenes
- Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman save the movie, everyone else's acting is great as well.
- Olivia Wilde again
- Too vulgar
- Too much cussing
- Too many gross-out scenes
- All of the above are mostly unnecessary
- Movie reeks of disappointment
Rath's Review Score: 6/10