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The message: Live a life you won't regret.
Click. Sliding Doors. The Family Man. All of these movies share the theme of being cognizant of the time we have on this Earth and being appreciative of the lives we have. They also encourage us to align the way we spend our life with our core values and the things that matter most: family, friends, helping others, careers that makes us happy and fulfilled instead of stressed and overworked.
Yes, The Change-Up is a comedy, and it was fun to see Ryan Reynolds play the more straight-laced guy while Jason Bateman played the cocky, foul-mouthed slacker guy instead of vice versa. But, it's also got a mushy side that makes you think.
And while the "out-of-body" experiment has been done before, it is still an effective mechanism to get the heartfelt message across and show that being at either end of the spectrum--overachiever or underachiever--is unhealthy and will leave you with regrets. The goal is to live a balanced life (take all of your vacation days, people!) and be grateful for each day.