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In 1988's "Big," Tom Hanks played a boy who wakes up as a grown man. His childlike enthusiasm impresses a toy company owner played by Robert Loggia.
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updated 8/2/2011 12:45:49 PM ET 2011-08-02T16:45:49

Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds arrive in summer movie theatres this week in “The Change-Up,” a comedy in which the duo switches bodies. The family man and the partying bachelor start the film out envying each other, but soon find out that the grass isn’t always greener in the neighbor’s yard.

Story: Switch should have stayed off for 'Change-Up'

That premise might sound familiar. After all, the concept has its own Wikipedia page, and "The Change-Up" has inspired this viral video comparing it to other body-swap movies.

Take a look at the most prominent examples in the genre:

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'Freaky Friday'
Originally released in 1976 and remade in 2003, this is the film that widely gets the credit for popularizing the body swap. A mother and her daughter wind up switching bodies and living each other’s lives briefly, learning to appreciate what the other is going through while ultimately wishing to return to their previous life. Special mention goes to the 2003 version, which forces Lindsay Lohan to try and act like an adult. Insert your own joke here.

Differences: Involves women, not men, and crosses generations. As other films would do (see "Big," "13 Going on 30,"), but "Freaky Friday" came first.

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'All of Me'
Another classic body swap comedy, where Steve Martin inadvertently winds up sharing his body briefly with Lily Tomlin. It’s a soul swap gone awry, and hilarity ensures. That’s thanks mostly to the skill of the legendary comedians who star, since the plot itself has … well, best not to think about it too critically.

Differences: The characters in “All of Me” inhabit the same body, while “The Change-Up” characters do a switch.

Sex scene left Ryan Reynolds speechless

'Big' and '13 Going on 30'
Both these movies feature protagonists who dream of leading a different kind of life, only to find the growth process isn’t quite what they expected. After a brief flurry of excitement at their new powers, they wind up regretting their premature maturity and strive to get back to where they were.

Differences: In both, the protagonist is a child becoming a grown-up. While one of “The Change-Up” characters here may act like a child at times, they’re both adults, so any immaturity has no excuse.

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John Travolta and Nic Cage star in perhaps the most lurid example of this type of movie, 1997's "Face/Off."

John Travolta’s character is trying to solve … well, the plot’s not really that important, and if you think about it too hard it starts making no sense at all. The point is that he winds up with Nicholas Cage’s face, and the criminal Cage gets Travolta’s. Before it’s over, each spends time living each other’s lives before Travolta finally breaks out of jail and sets things right.

Differences: First, this isn’t really a comedy, except the unintentional kind that results from trying to figure out the plot logistics. More importantly, there’s nothing magical about the transformation. It’s a surgical procedure that essentially slices their faces off and transplants them on each other. Ultimately, the problems that Travolta and Cage take on here make the Reynolds-Bateman situation seem frivolous and narcissistic in comparison.

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  1. Picture perfect

    Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds attend the "Woman in Gold" photocall during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 9, 2015 in Berlin. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. 'Gold' star

    "Woman in Gold" is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Holocaust survivor who, together with her young lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), sues the Austrian government for the return of artwork the Nazis stole from her family. (The Weinstein Company) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Pet project

    Ryan Reynolds stars as Jerry Hickfang in "The Voices" (2015) about a mentally unhinged factory worker who must decide whether to listen to his talking cat and become a killer, or follow his dog's advice to keep striving for normalcy. (Lionsgate Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Lucky bet

    Reynolds plays the lead in "Mississippi Grind," about a gambler on a losing streak who teams up with a younger gambler, hoping to change his luck. The film was released in January 2015. (A24 Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Baby on the way

    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend Angel Ball 2014 in New York on October 20, 2014. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Star power

    Ryan Reynolds attends the 2014 Canada's Walk Of Fame Awards at the Sony Centre on October 18, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (George Pimentel / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'R.I.P.D.'

    Ryan Reynold stars in "R.I.P.D," a 2013 science-fiction action-comedy film about a recently slain police officer who tries to find the man who murdered him. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'The Captive'

    This 2014 movie stars Reynolds as the father of a child who disappeared, yet detectives find clues that indicate the girl is still alive eight years later. (Ego Film Arts) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Black and white

    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend "The Captive" premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in France. (Andreas Rentz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Strike a pose

    Ryan Reynolds poses during the photocall for "The Captive" at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, on May 16, 2014. (Julien Warnand / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Dressed to the nines

    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Fire starter

    Ryan Reynolds attends "El Hormiguero" TV Universal Pictures show on November 26, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Juan Naharro Gimenez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Twin bill

    Actor Ryan Reynolds poses with a wax figure of himself at Madame Tussauds in 2013. (Madame Tussauds) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Wide-eyed star

    Reynolds attends the "Turbo" premiere at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, on June 25, 2013. He provided the voice of the speedy snail. (Robert Marquardt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. 'Croods' bunch

    "The Croods" stars from left, Christine Keener, Emma Stone, Reynolds and Nicolas Cage attend the premiere of the film at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York on March 10, 2013. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A 'Safe' bet

    Reynolds stars in "Safe House," an action-thriller with Denzel Washington in February 2012.

    Washington plays a dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Out of the 'House'

    Reynolds, center, joins Denzel Washington, left, and director Daniel Espinosa at a "Safe House" photocall at Villamagna Hotel in Madrid, Sapin, on Jan. 31, 2012. (Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A sporting duo

    Reynolds, left, and "Change-Up" co-star Jason Bateman present an award at the ESPY Awards in Los Angles on July 13, 2011. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Wanna trade?

    In "The Change-Up," Reynolds and Bateman play two men who envy each other's lives and end up swapping. Bateman is a married dad while Reynolds is a swinging bachelor, and each finds out the other's life isn't as simple as it looks. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Supporting the troops

    Reynolds greets fans outside a theater on the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego where his 2011 film, "Green Lantern," was being shown to the families of Marines. (Lenny Ignelzi / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Going 'Green'

    Reynolds gets the superhero treatment in the 2011 action adventure film "Green Lantern." In the film, he plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot who receives special powers from a ring. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Strike a pose

    Reynolds arrives at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 5, 2011. He was a presenter. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Award winner

    Ryan Reynolds accepts the Male Star of the Year award at the CinemaCon awards ceremony at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 31, 2011. CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Mr. Sexy

    Ryan Reynolds beat back the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jon Hamm to be named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive on Nov. 17, 2010. The 34-year-old actor finds himself in select company as he takes the title from 2009 winner Johnny Depp. Days earlier, Reynolds' ex wife, actress Scarlett Johansson, was named GQ magazine's "Babe of the Year." (People.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. 'Buried'

    In 2010's "Buried," Reynolds plays an American truck driver whose convoy is ambushed. He finds himself buried alive with only a cell phone, knife, lighter and a few other things, and must try to save himself from suffocation. The film was praised for telling an intriguing story while limiting the audience's view to what's going on in the coffin. (Lionsgate) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Puttin' on the Ritz

    Reynolds made a dashing appearance in black tie at the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Cheers!

    Reynolds and fellow presenter Maggie Gyllenhaal toast the evening at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Deadpool

    In the 2011 film "Deadpool," Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a highly-efficient mercenary with a secret superpowered identity. His weapon of choice is Japanese katana swords. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Time to talk

    Reynolds visits the "Late Show With David Letterman" at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater on June 17, 2009. (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Will you marry me?

    Reynolds and Sandra Bullock teamed up in the 2009 romantic comedy "The Proposal" as a couple thrown together by her hunt for American citizenship. (Touchstone Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. On the red carpet

    "Proposal" stars Reynolds and Bullock arrive at the MTV Movie Awards on May 31, 2009, in Universal City, Calif. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. 'Adventureland'

    Reynolds plays an amusement-park repair technician in 2009's "Adventureland." His character claims to have played a gig with Lou Reed, but his co-workers are doubtful. (Miramax Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. 'Definitely, Maybe'

    In 2008's "Definitely, Maybe," Reynolds plays a dad who must tell his young daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) about his past. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Wedded bliss

    Reynolds wed actress Scarlett Johansson on Sept. 27, 2008, in British Columbia. The marriage ended in early 2011. (Rainer Jensen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. 'Chaos Theory'

    In 2007's "Chaos Theory," Reynolds played a time-management expert whose life is thrown into chaos when hs gets off of his highly regulated schedule. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Race time

    Reynolds served as grand marshal at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500 on June 7, 2009 in Long Pond, Penn. (Sam Greenwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. 'Smokin' Aces'

    In 2007's "Smokin' Aces," Reynolds and Ray Liotta play FBI agents working a case involving a Las Vegas comedian. () Back to slideshow navigation
  38. May I take your order please?

    In 2005's "Waiting...", Reynolds, Justin Long and Anna Faris play young employees battling boredom at Shenanigan's, a generic chain restaurant. (Lions Gate Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Get out of the house!

    Reynolds played troubled homeowner George Lutz in the 2005 remake of 1979's "Amityville Horror," which documents the supposed paranormal happenings in a house where a man murdered his entire family. (MGM) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Support for Fox

    Reynolds embraces Michael J. Fox at the "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinsons" benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation on Nov. 5, 2008 in New York. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. 'Blade: Trinity'

    Reynolds plays Hannibal King, the head of a vampire hunting group, in 2004's "Blade: Trinity." (New Line Cinema) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. You oughta know

    Alanis Morissette and Reynolds attend the 2003 MTV Movie Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on May 31, 2003 in Los Angeles. The two announced their engagement in 2004, but broke up in 2007. Her album, "Flavors of Entanglement," was inspired by the breakup. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Ordering 'Pizza'

    Reynolds, Traylor Howard and Richard Ruccolo starred in "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place," a sitcom that ran on ABC from 1998 to 2001. (FX Networks via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. School days

    Reynolds, Kal Penn, "The Real World's" Teck Holmes, and Jason Winer star in 2002's "National Lampoon's Van Wilder." Reynolds plays the title role, a student who has no interest in graduating college even after seven years. (Artisan Entertainment) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Magic powers

    Reynolds played the boyfriend of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" in the 1996 film based on the Archie Comics character. Melissa Joan Hart starred as Sabrina, and would go on to play her in the seven-season TV series. (Showtime via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
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