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Dave is a married man with three kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, lightning strikes and they switch bodies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Mitch Planko
Jason Bateman ... Dave Lockwood
Leslie Mann ... Jamie Lockwood
Olivia Wilde ... Sabrina McKay
Alan Arkin ... Mitch's Dad
Mircea Monroe ... Tatiana
Gregory Itzin ... Flemming Steel
Ned Schmidtke ... Ted Norton
Ming Lo ... Ken Kinkabe
Sydney Rouviere ... Cara Lockwood
Craig Bierko ... Valtan
Dax Griffin ... Blow-Dried Goon
Andrea Moore ... Sophia
Matthew Cornwell ... Parks Foreman
Taaffe O'Connell ... Mona


Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they've slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch's stress-free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave's worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other's bodies and proceed to freak out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other's lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further complicating matters are Dave's sexy legal associate, Sabrina (Olivia Wilde) and Mitch's estranged father (Alan Arkin). With time... Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Who says men can't change?


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The woman playing Pamela is Alan Arkin's wife Suzanne Arkin. See more »


When Sabrina is getting her tattoo done in her genital area, she is seen wearing underwear in different shots. See more »


[first lines]
Jamie Lockwood: [early morning baby crying] Your turn...
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Alternate Versions

Not stated in the "More"-->"Alternate Versions" category, although alluded to in the FAQs and Runtime, there is an unrated version (issued on Blue-Ray) with additional footage. See more »


References Big (1988) See more »


The Pleasure Center
Written and Performed by Stephen Greaves
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An amazingly hilarious R rated comedy that men and women will love. Haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Must see. I say A
18 September 2011 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Growing up we both had dreams. Dave wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to sell dolphins on the black market. But found thats hard to do. We live in Atlanta... dolphins are hard to find..." When single Mitch (Reynolds) and married with children Dave (Bateman) go out they begin talking about each others lives. Both feel like the other one has a better life, then they take a pee. When they wake up the fun begins. Going in I was hoping for a few laughs, mainly because I think the two actors are hilarious. The first half hour was hard to watch, because I was laughing so hard my side hurt and I was crying. Not since "Wedding Crashers" was I blown away by the comedy that I was not expecting. By that I mean not only the extreme shocking moments, but the timing between the two and the dialog was so funny that I haven't had this much fun watching a movie in a long time. The only bad thing I have to say about this movie is that it started off on a full run but turned a little more sappy at the end. On the flip side, that part balanced out the rest of it just enough to give your cheeks and side a break. This is a definite R rated comedy that men and women will both love. That is hard to do. I loved it a lot. Overall, next to "Hall Pass" the funniest movie I have seen since "Wedding Crashers". This movie will not disappoint. I give it an A.

Would I watch again? - Absolutely. I want to buy this.

*Also try - Hall Pass & Wedding Crashers

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Release Date:

5 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,531,115, 7 August 2011

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)| SDDS | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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