August 4th, 2011
12:42 PM ET
Jason Bateman, star of “The Change-Up,” brings some refreshing honesty to movie promotion. Or (more likely), he’s just using some of the ol’ reverse psychology.
"It's crap,” he said of his body-switching comedy during a recent visit to “The Daily Show.” “The movie's garbage."
But even after trash-talking the flick to Jon Stewart, the actor assures viewers of R-rated laughs. "Here's what I'm going to promise you, is that while it is a tired - some would say, pleasantly familiar - premise...our obligation is to please you post-switch."
Bateman’s co-star Ryan Reynolds has been pulling the same shenanigans. In an expletive-laced promo, Reynolds entices viewers: "Body switching is a pretty stupid f---g idea, but the movie's funny. If they go, they'll laugh their d-– off."
Whatever the actors’ angle, so far critics agree that “The Change-Up” is not good. According to movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, at the time of this post only 22 percent of reviewers found it "fresh."
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