ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY The Change-Up★★★★ 11.00pm-1.10am C4
Body-swap comedy has a patchy history, from Freaky Friday in the 1970s, Big and Vice Versa in the 80s to, well, the remakes of Freaky Friday in the nineties and the noughties. The Change-Up sees two Atlanta-based buddies, married-with-kids lawyer Jason Bateman and promiscuously single free spirit Ryan Reynolds, magically switch identities after drunkenly peeing in a fountain and jealously shouting, “I wish I had your life!” Bateman does much of the heavy lifting, but then I don’t really get Reynolds, while the crudity of the swap method says a lot about the tone of the movie. Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and scripted by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (the writing team behind the three Hangover films), it opens with a routine involving a baby’s full nappy that told me this was not a film I was going to find easy to love. It’s never subtle, and often toilet-based, but it certainly has its moments if you like that type of thing, and many, many people do.