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The Change-Up

Leslie Mann, Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds

Dave and Mitch are best friends. Dave is a career man, married with young children. Mitch is a would-be actor and lothario. On one fateful night they wish for each other’s lives while peeing in a fountain together. They wake up in each other’s bodies and have to lead each other’s lives. They are freaked out at first, but then settle into it, and get to know more intimate things about each other.

This is a common rom com theme – trading places. We’ve seen it before, but this film does quite a fresh job with it. There are a few cringe-worthy remarks about women, but generally there is quite a bit of light humour and laugh-out-loud moments. Worth a watch on Saturday night.

 

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Definitely Maybe

Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin

This is a slightly complicated movie to try and explain in a review.

Reynolds plays a dad who is getting divorced. He is telling his ten year-old daughter the story of his romantic past. It involves her mother, and two other women with which her dad has had relationships. The kid is trying to guess which woman in the story turns out to be her mother.

Anyway, we follow the story since his college days and by the end he and his daughter rush out to finalise his love life.

It’s an okay film, I do like Isla Fisher, but I don’t like the narrative being broken up by the story telling with the daughter. It’s not all that funny, but it is romantic.

The Proposal

Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman

Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a NY book editor who’s incredibly scary to her staff. She is totally committed to her job, and has no family or lovelife.

Because she is a Canadian citizen, she needs to marry her Executive Assistant, Andrew (played by Ryan Reynolds), in order to remain employed and living in the United States. So they fake a relationship for the sake of the immigration authorities and Margaret’s employers.

They also have to lie to Andrew’s family when they fly out to Alaska for a visit. When his family, the distinguished Paxtons, insist on them getting married there and then, Margaret’s plan starts to unravel. She has started to enjoy having a family, and also starts to have feelings for Andrew. Her icy demeanor begins to thaw.

As far as predictable movies go, this one is somewhere up the top of the list. No clean-cut, popular American film would risk a plot line involving illegal immigration issues, so you kind of know where things are heading.

But it’s not too bad, Bullock does a good job and despite her hard-assed personality, she is a likable character. Classic rom com.

Just Friends

MV5BMjA0Mzg2NjUzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDg2ODUzMQ@@._V1_SX214_Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Klein

Chris (Reynolds) and Jamie (Smart) are BFFs in high school. But Chris wants more than that, he wants to be out of the ‘friends zone’. He leaves town after graduation to make his way in the world. Ten years later he returns to his home town, minus the baby fat. He’s now a sexy, successful man in the music industry, fighting off women with a stick. Although he has a mega pop star in tow, he wants to go after Jamie again – and this time he won’t accept the ‘friend zone’.

The only thing worth watching in this film is Faris who is a terrific and funny actor (see I Give it a Year, What’s Your Number?, Take Me Home Tonight, My Super Ex-Girlfriend).

Otherwise it’s fairly average.

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