"The Change-Up," a new movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman that opens on Friday, revives the age-old body-swap premise. This time, a bachelor (Reynolds) and a family man (Bateman) magically exchange frames and comic craziness ensues.
After this film, three "Freaky Fridays," "18 Again," the great "All of Me" and countless others, it might seem the idea is a bit worn-out. We argue that's not the case with these four dream body-swap pairings and our story ideas for each, which we just know Hollywood will put to film immediately.
Verne Troyer and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson
The Rock is a great wrestling champion, and the erstwhile Mini-Me plays his manager. Days before the biggest match of The Rock's career, they wake up in each other's bodies. Cue one long, hilarious training montage, as the Rock-as-Troyer gets Troyer-as-the Rock up to speed on all the basics.
Meryl Streep and Paris Hilton
In order to keep her job, Streep's teacher needs Hilton's disinterested, failing student to pass the state test. This gets a lot easier when Streep magically inhabits Hilton's body. Ah, but what of the other students? Their test prep just got much harder: Hilton's now their teacher.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Paul Hogan
We bring back these actors' best-known characters, Crocodile Dundee (Hogan) and McLovin from "Superbad" (Mintz-Plasse). After one drunken night together in Australia (don't ask how that happened), McLovin-as-Dundee awakens in the bush. Dundee-as-McLovin, through some sort of supernatural conniving, wakes up in McLovin's bed back in America.
Angelina Jolie and Kathy Griffin
A rather humorless actress (Jolie) and a comedian who specializes in ribbing celebrities (Griffin) angrily confront each other backstage at a Hollywood awards gala. Suddenly, something crazy happens: They swap bodies. Will they preserve each other's image for the sake of their careers, or will they remain true to their inner selves?