After boozing all night, best friends Dave and Mitch stop by an Atlanta wishing fountain and bemoan their lives.
Dave, a married workaholic lawyer with three kids, envies Mitch’s carefree existence as a single slacker and womanizer. Mitch, a failed actor who acts like he’s living in a college dorm, covets Dave’s success and family.
The next morning, their idle talk turns into reality when they each wake up in the other guy’s body.
Mitch (Reynolds) must negotiate a crucial merger for Dave’s law firm, learn to change diapers and control himself around Dave’s beautiful wife (Leslie Mann) and a sexy office assistant Sabrina (Olivia Wilde).
Dave (Bateman) fills Mitch’s role in a soft-core porn film, entertains his buddy’s wild, extremely pregnant sex kitten Tatiana (Mircea Monroe) and deals with Mitch’s oft-married dad (Alan Arkin), who wants his son to attend his upcoming wedding.
Unsurprisingly, things don’t go smoothly in this comedy directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”) and co-written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover”). That is, until the pat ending that seems transplanted from another movie.
“The Change-Up,” from Universal Pictures, opens tomorrow across the U.S. Rating: **1/2
In 1964, novelist Ken Kesey and a group of friends known as the Merry Pranksters took a cross-country, psychedelic bus trip from California to the World’s Fair in New York.
They filmed the experience for a movie that was never finished. Now filmmakers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood have used the long-forgotten footage to make “Magic Trip,” a nostalgic documentary about an event that became a counterculture legend.
Almost nothing interesting happens in the film, unless you count amphetamine-fueled Neal Cassady babbling incoherently behind the steering wheel of the rainbow-painted bus, the Pranksters pretending to campaign for Barry Goldwater in Arizona or swimming at a blacks-only beach in New Orleans.
The most entertaining thing about the Pranksters was their nicknames: Generally Famished, Mal Function, Stark Naked and Gretchen Fetchen, among them.
Back then, they all aspired to a higher consciousness. In retrospect, the trip looks like a big inside joke.
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(Rick Warner is the movie critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)
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