The Change-Up, The Last of the Mohicans, Adventureland, Vanity Fair, Meet the Fockers: films on TV today

Body swapping, head scalping, heart stealing, hippy bashing: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


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. 

 The Last of the Mohicans ★★★★
10.50pm-1.00am C5 

Heat director Michael Mann shows there’s more to his repertoire than slick thrillers with this epic, old-fashioned adventure starring Daniel Day-Lewis.    

Adventureland ★★★★
11.20pm-1.00am BBC2 

Twilight’s Kristen Stewart proves a smart foil for Jesse Eisenberg’s charming geek in a roller-coaster coming-of-age tale set in an amusement park.    

Vanity Fair ★★★
1.05-3.55pm ITV3 

Thackeray’s social-climbing heroine, Becky Sharp, is played by Reese Witherspoon with elegance, grit and an impressive cut-glass English accent.  

Meet the Fockers ★★★
9.00-10.50pm BBC3 

Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand are the hippie Fockers, winding up their highly strung son, played by Ben Stiller, and his uptight father-in-law, Robert De Niro.     


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