Weekend Movie Forecast: Get the Scoop on 'The Change-Up,' 'Planet of the Apes' & More

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman give the body-swapping comedy an R-rated twist, while James Franco battles super-smart simians

Which movies are fun for the whole family and which ones are treats just for you? Find out!

In theaters now:

The Change-Up
Short Story:
As childhood pals Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) have grown up, their lives have also grown in separate directions. Dave is now a workaholic lawyer and father of three, while Mitch is a single, semi-employed womanizer with no responsibilities. Of course, both covet the other guys' life and, after a drunken night out, they wake up to discover that they've myseriously swapped bodies. It's like Freaky Friday -- but with an R-rated twist!

What They're Saying:
"It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Has the moment finally arrived when we look back upon Freaky Friday as a model of comedic sophistication?" -- Time Out New York

Good for Kids?
Rated R for crude sexual content, drug use and nudity, this isn't one for the kiddies. But, if sophomoric raunchy jokes are in your wheelhouse, this is the perfect movie for a fun night out with some pals.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Short Story:
In this Planet of the Apes prequel set in present-day San Francisco, James Franco plays a scientist whose experiments with generic engineering lead to the development of a super-intelligent breed of apes. Of course, once their IQs are off the charts, the simians aren't too pleased to be locked up in a lab -- and an all-out war erupts pitting man vs. ape for world domination.

What They're Saying:
"Precisely the kind of summer diversion that the studios have such a hard time making now. It's good, canny-dumb fun."-- New York Times

"I kind of enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes despite its evident silliness and the fact that nobody's likely to remember it three weeks from now." -- Salon.com

Good for kids?
Rated PG-13, this film is perfect for sci-fi junkies, but probably not for kids who'll be scared by the human-vs.-ape violence. Common Sense Media says to expect, "teen boys to express an interest, as well as hardcore Harry Potter devotees." That because teens may want to see Potter star Tom Felton -- who costars in Apes -- "play something other than Draco Malfoy." Click here for the full Common Sense review!

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In case you missed:

Cowboys & Aliens
Short Story:
In 1800s Arizona, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up with no memory and a shackle around his wrist. When he arrives in the town of Absolution, he learns he is a wanted criminal -- but when a spaceship attacks the town, he must team up with Col. Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), the man who wants him behind bars, to defeat the aliens.

What They're Saying:
"What makes the movie work, really, is that above and beyond the conventions themselves doing their jobs, the actors seem truly invested..." -- MSN Movies

"Cowboys & Aliens is one of the silliest movies ever made, but so many otherwise serious people have attached their names to it that, as Arthur Miller wrote in Death of a Salesman, attention must be paid." -- New York Observer

Good for Kids?
What's a Western/sci-fi film without plenty of shootouts and explosions? With a PG-13 rating, Common Sense says to be prepared for lots of action and drinking in the town saloon. So, although this in the perfect film for teens and adults, it's best not to bring the wee ones. Click here for the full Common Sense review!

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Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Short Story:
Fortysomething Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream. He has a good job, married to his high school sweetheart, nice house. But everything falls apart when he finds out his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) cheated on him and wants a divorce. Having been out of the game, Cal doesn't know the first thing about dating so he is taken on as a wingman to handsome player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).

What They're Saying:
"It's a pleasure to come across the sharply funny and touching Crazy Stupid Love. It's a live one with a dream cast that keeps springing playful surprises." -- Rolling Stone

"Carell and Gosling, each willing to take his character to the point of caricature in order to find the truth in him, have a nicely barbed chemistry together." -- Village Voice

Good for Kids?
With an all-star cast and great reviews, this movie is not to be missed by mature teenagers and adults looking for a heartfelt film. But it's rated PG-13 and Common Sense Media says that the movie "deals head-on with some mature subjects, including infidelity and the art of seduction" and features a fair amount of "crass language" and "tame" sexual content -- so it's probably best to leave the little ones with a babysitter. Click here for the full Common Sense review!

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The Smurfs
Short Story:
The Smurfs have landed in Central Park! When the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the Smurfs out of their village, they wander into a portal that instantly transports them to N.Y.C. They take shelter with Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) -- and get into plenty of shenanigans -- while they attempt to find a way back home before Garagamel finds them.

What They're Saying:
"The Smurfs may be blue, but their movie is decidedly green, recycling discarded bits from other celluloid Happy Meals like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield and Hop into something half animated, half live-action and all careful studio calculation." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Why does the villain Gargamel have a name that sounds like a sore-throat product? Why are there countless male Smurfs and only one female? (The mind boggles.) Why do they only know one song, and why is it so irritating? So many questions." -- Seattle Times

Good for Kids?
The classic Saturday morning cartoon is back! Parents will be able to take a walk down memory lane with their favorite blue Smurfs. Rated PG, this animated flick could be fun for the whole family: Even though it didn't receive rave reviews, Common Sense says adults should expects some laughs as well as enough goofy jokes for the kids. Click here for the full Common Sense review!

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