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‘The Change-Up’Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan ReynoldsDirector: Dave DobkinRated: R

The appeal of an R-rated comedy is it tends to be geared more to an adult audience (even if a healthy streak of immaturity is needed to truly enjoy it). The downside is once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all.


With the summer movie season past the halfway mark, super hero fatigue is setting in and there are still more to come. Once the last masked man has left the theater, here are some fall movies to look forward to:


‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Director: David Yates

Rated: PG-13


And so we come to the end. After 10 years and eight movies, Harry Potter and You Know Who face off for a finale that makes for a very satisfying ending to the longest, most successful movie franchise in history.


Although this movie will hardly be anointed the comedy of the summer, it does benefit from the royalty cast as its leads. The pairing of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts brings a respite from super heroes and clanking robots, and it’s a welcome offering even though it has some weak spots, mainly its premise.


‘Bad Teacher’

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

Director: Jake Kasdan

Rated: R