The Change-Up is the team's follow-up.
Which is funnier?
Director: David Dobkin
Bateman's wife: Leslie Mann
Bateman's co-worker: Olivia Wilde
Appearing out of no where: Alan Arkin
I vote The Hangover.
That's all I'm saying?:
Okay. I think The Hangover is funnier because the plot is better suited for comedy than The Change-Up. Hangover is sprawling. Think of all the scenes: pre-Vegas, the drive to Vegas, the first night at Vegas (wolf-pack speech), the next morning hunt through the apartment, driving the cop car, the hospital, the wedding chapel, the police station, Chow jumping out of the Mercedes' trunk, Mike Tyson, the tiger, the card counting hustle, the meeting in the desert, finding Doug, racing back, the wedding.
Change-Up is confined really to three domains: Bateman's domestic and work lives, and Reynold's life sometimes rears its head. We see Bateman in a meeting, dealing with his wife at bedtime, talking with his daughter, at the dinner table, taking care of the babies. Then Reynolds: shooting a movie, handling Tatiana, and going out with Olivia Wilde. And we get one scene with Leslie Mann gushing to the babysitter.
Change-Up's concentration (9 unique comedic scenes to Hangover's 16) limits the different scenarios the characters are put in and thus the amount of reactions we get to see (and it's scenario + reaction = humor). But the sacrifice allows Change-Up to build familiarity because the characters are interacting with the same people and elements. Multiple interactions are necessary for depth. And that's not just a rule of story-telling, it's true of life. Depth is a key component to building the emotional core of a film, of drama. The Change-Up has emotional currents The Hangover lacked: Bateman's marriage crumbling; Reynold's being unreliable; the decayed friendship the two share. And that's why The Change-Up is less funny than The Hangover: it's designed to be.
(The Hangover had stakes and consequences, but not the emotional tension)
Did I like it:
I couldn't get enough of Bateman NOT BEING STRAIGHT-LACED. Finally. I'm tired of seeing him play the same white-collar, uptight, but sometimes reckless dude. He was much more like his hilarious ESPN the Ocho announcer from Dodgeball. "It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for them."
And I've been a little annoyed with Ryan Reynolds lately. I think this was the most relaxed I've seen him since Blade: Trinity.
Oh, and Olivia Wilde. ....Just.... I would pay $7.50 again.
I laughed more at this than I did The Hangover Part II. Not that I didn't enjoy THP2, it was just...more of the same. I think I liked this better than Horrible Bosses.
The plot progression is pretty ordinary.
Ideally, the film would have had a few more scenarios and jokes. Like, Reynolds is supposed to be a rocking single dude, but only one chick shows up at his apartment. I would have had a different girl come over each night, uninvited, and Bateman (as Reynolds) having to get them to leave. What's that, like, less than five more minutes to the running time? I feel like there were little things like this they could have added for additional humor.
Mary Pols, of TIME magazine, has a really good review.
What It's Good For:
-Olivia Wilde stripping.
-listening to swearing
-a decent amount of laughter
-some people may think the gimmick tried and tired
-drama and "making a point about life" suck the fun out of the movie at times
-if you dislike swearing
-there's not more baseball
Dobkin: Wedding Crashers
Reynolds: Van Wilder; Just Friends; Smokin' Aces; Adventureland
Bateman: Juno, Up in the Air
The Hangover: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis; Todd Phillips
Blade Trinity: Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel
Movies that involve baseball but not from the players' perspective: Fever Pitch; Damn Yankees;