By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 20, 2011 at 8:53AM
Body-swapping films are a little played out now, no? Jason Bateman had that same "Really?" reaction when he was pitched the idea for the upcoming "The Change-Up," telling Entertainment Weekly (print edition) recently, "But in the same sentence that I was told what the movie is about they said, 'But the guys who wrote 'The Hangover' wrote it and the guy who directed 'Wedding Crashers' is directing it.'"
Well, the first, lengthy, nearly three-minute-long red-band trailer has arrived for the film and it's split between some seriously funny laughs and stuff that we're pretty sure we just saw in "Hall Pass." The story centers on two friends -- one married, one single -- who after a magical piss in a fountain get their bodies swapped placing the fuck-hungry Mitch into a marriage, and the cock-blocked Dave out on the market. As we said, we got some hearty guffaws out of all of this but if we have any reservations, we're a bit worried that the female leads Olivia Wilde and Leslie Mann are getting short shrift (the latter basically seems to be reprising her role from "Knocked Up"; in fact that whole shit joke seems lifted right from that movie).
So, cautious optimism here but man, Jason Bateman seems be slaying most of these one liners. And oh yeah, Ryan Reynolds is in this but we have to say, he wasn't really bringing the funny as hard as his co-star. Check out the red band trailer here or the embed below. "The Change-Up" opens on August 5th.