In the first scene of The Change-Up, Jason Bateman gets a face-full of baby mess when his character, frustrated family man Dave Lockwood, inadvertently sticks his head in front of his infant son's butt cheeks just as the tyke lets loose a stream of projectile poop. The good news about opening your movie this way is that it's really hard to sink any lower, not that the makers behind this body-switching bromance don't try.
There are enough flashes of hilarity in The Switch to keep you laughing pretty consistently throughout. Bateman is at the top of his game here, and Jennifer Aniston actually verges on being funny, but there are some weak performances from the supporting cast and some terrible script decisions that sabotage all the goodwill those two build up, and the ending is like a slap in the face. Which is unfortunate, because for a second I thought I had found a Jennifer Aniston movie I could watch without guilt.
Heading out to see a screening of Extract, I was optimistic. I enjoy the hell out of Mike Judge creations (Beavis & Butthead still crack me up, and I could quote Office Space verbatim if necessary). Also, I love the cast -- Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner and Gene Simmons. Hell, I was even prepared to overlook the fact that Dustin Milligan from the new 90210 has yet to display any discernible amount of acting talent. But all those things combined could not make an entirely good movie. Don't get me wrong, there were some really, funny, funny moments and the premise is pretty entertaining too, but the movie dragged, and what wasn't amusing was really pretty terrible and even the stuff that was laugh worthy started to grate on my nerves after the same joke was recycled for the fifteenth time.