Saturday, August 6, 2011
The Change Up
MPAA (R) CNS/USCCB (O) Roger Ebert (1 ½ stars) Fr. Dennis (0 Stars)
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The Change Up (directed by David Dubkin and cowritten by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) is a movie that I haven’t seen and _don’t_ plan to see because I can not think of any worthwhile reason to do so.
Why am I bothering to write a review of a movie that I don’t plan to see? I don’t want a lack of a review in this case to be misconstrued as an endorsement of this movie or movies like it.
Why would I be so particularly negative about _this_ movie as opposed to other more youth oriented movies that are also of questionable value? I suppose (1) it would depend on the movie in question (if a _really bad_ irredeemable youth oriented movie came out I'd be similarly negative about it), and (2) there often is at least something redeemable in most films, if nothing else offering a opportunity to engage people in some way leading to a more positive truth. In the case of The Change Up, I don't see _anything positive_.
Why should an audience be indulged in the fantasy of a married man, Dave (played by Jason Bateman), with a beautiful intelligent wife, Jamie (played by Leslie Mann), who loves him ... to want “more?” Why should a man, Mitch (played by Ryan Reynolds), who already could enter into a serious relationship with any number of women who seem to be dropping at his feet be allowed to want/have the beautiful intelligent wife of his best friend _as well_?
Perhaps I’m being kinder to the young than to people closer to my own age, but I simply don’t see why _pay Hollywood_ money indulge in such reckless fantasies. At 20, one’s life still is an open book, and if one hasn’t yet found someone who one is both friends with and attracted to, then perhaps ‘dream.’ But at 35+, when one is _already married_ or certainly _marriagable_ it becomes pathetic. You’ve got what you’ve got in life. USUALLY IT IS REALLY QUITE GOOD and just learn to be happy with what God has given you. Afterall, the 9th and 10th commandments are:
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, and
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
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