If ever there were an introspective Romantic comedy about the proverbial mid-life crisis, then this one is it. Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) are 2 friends who live antipodal lives. Dave is married with 3 children; his life is structured and he is well compensated as a lawyer for a major firm. Mitch, on the other hand, is single, free-wheeling, independent but has little $$ as he has difficulties finding steady employment. He wants to be an actor, but can't score anything higher than commercials & softcore porn flicks. Dave & Mitch want what the other has; Dave envies Mitch's autonomy to do whatever he pleases, while Mitch covets the stability of Dave's life.
One day, when they announce their wish simultaneously to a magic fountain, they trade places. Mitch gets to live like Dave, and Dave gets to live like Mitch. They both find out that the other person's life is not so neat & tidy & easy as they assumed it would be. One thing that is clear is that the situations are ripe for a great many laughs!!
The primary reason I bought this film was the inclusion of Olivia Wilde. After seeing her in the recent TRON movie, I was "hooked." She does not disappoint as the sultry Sabrina. Dave has always had an infatuation for her, but he's married. However......what about if he dates her as Mitch? Does that "count" as adultery.....given that he's no longer the same person? Hmmmm......what is not in dispute is that, for myself, I'm Wilde about Olvia! I am presently binge-watching her movies.
If you want a different kind of Romantic comedy, one that actually includes a married couple (whoa!) & is on the raunchy side, then this flick might be just for you. While I am not huge on bathroom humor, I will say this flick had the funniest BH I've ever seen & they didn't over-do it. If you're a middle aged fellow (like myself) then you will find this romp particularly poignant!