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The Change Up

Remember when projectile vomiting was considered the ultimate movie gross-out? It wasn’t a standard that needed to be topped, but The Change-Up does so in its first scene. Suffice to say that the word “projectile” still applies, that parents may react to it differently than non-breeders, and that arriving five minutes late for this movie wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.


Terri (Jacob Wysocki) is a perhaps 15-year-old high school student. He is considerably overweight, even obese, almost entirely friendless, and his grades are cratering. Often he shows up at school wearing pajamas; it’s “easier.” If he were professionally evaluated, he’d probably be diagnosed as clinically depressed.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

In 1993, Chinese-American filmmaker Wayne Wang had his first audience hit with The Joy Luck Club, adapted from Amy Tan’ popular novel about four women born in China and the daughters they raise in America. So it makes sense that when first-time producer Wendi Murdoch, a.k.a. the woman who saved her husband Rupert from getting pie-eyed a few weeks ago, acquired the rights to Lisa See’s book about Chinese female friends, she would hire Wang to direct it. (How’s this for a coincidence: The film is being released by Fox Searchlight, a company owned by one R. Murdoch!)

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