Mr. Moviefone reviews 'The Change-Up' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'
This week at the movies, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds are having a "Freaky Friday," and there are no superheroes in theaters.
There are just super apes that are super mad and not going to take it anymore - a science experiment goes very wrong in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
James Franco stars as an ambitious scientist who's trying to cure Alzheimer's to save his father. But his genetic research on chimpanzees backfires and the new, super-intelligent class of apes start a worldwide rebellion. Freida Pinto and John Lithgow also star in this reboot of the sci-fi series.
The Reel Deal: They did not monkey around with this reboot. Other than the fact that the chimps look totally fake about half of the time, it's fun, action-packed and you will go bananas for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." I'm in.
It's a plot we've seen before, two people with totally different lives somehow end up in each other's bodies in "The Change-Up."
The raunchy comedy stars Jason Bateman as a harried, overworked father of three. His longtime friend, the perpetual bachelor with no responsibilities, is played by Ryan Reynolds. Both men claim to want what the other one has and one drunken night, they get their wish. But it doesn't take long for the men to learn the grass isn't always greener. Also starring are Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde.
The Reel Deal: With an opening scene that might make Judd Apatow cringe, the "The Change-Up" is gross, super lowbrow, mostly just a string of one-liners, and a movie trying desperately to be outrageously funny, but mostly missing on the funny part. I'm out.
In limited release, there's "The Whistleblower," which is a political thriller starring Rachel Weisz that is inspired by real life events.
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