While The Hangover receives a lot of credit for creating the recent R-rated comedy boom, the short-term memory of audiences has forgotten that back in 2005, director David Dobkin was behind the biggest R-rated comedy of all-time with Wedding Crashers. The film grossed over $200 million domestic off a $40 million budget, and raked up a 75% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But even if you set those other factors aside, you would still have a hilarious movie that stands on its own as Dobkin skillfully wove together raunchy comedy, dark humor, and a surprising amount of heart. After taking a detour with the PG Fred Claus, Dobkin has returned to R-rated comedy and while eclipsing Wedding Crashers is a high bar, he may have cleared it with his new film The Change-Up. The film stars Jason Batetman and Ryan Reynolds as two old friends who piss in a fountain and end up switching bodies. Freaky Friday this is not.
My fellow movie bloggers and I spoke with Dobkin on the set of the film and talked about his return to R-rated comedy, borrowing the visual language of the traditionally family-film oriented “body-switching comedy”, what appealed to him about the story, and much more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. The Change-Up opens August 5th.