The Switch (2010)

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The Switch (2010)
  • Time: 101 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
  • Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum

Storyline:

Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) and Wally (Jason Bateman) are best friends. Being unlucky in love, Kassie has decided to have a child using artificial insemination. Wally doesn’t like this idea, but he isn’t capable of admitting to himself, let alone to Kassie, that he’s in love with her. At Kassie’s artificial insemination party, Wally gets very drunk and spies the sperm donor’s sample in the bathroom. Wally was way too drunk to know what he did that night, and Kassie has moved away because she doesn’t feel that New York City is a place to raise a child. Now 7 years later, Kassie has moved back with her son Sebastian. While she is looking to get Roland (the sperm donor) more involved in their lives, Wally can’t help but notice the many striking similarities that he and Sebastian share.

One review

  • I like Jennifer Aniston, I’ve watched her for years. She’s not a great character actor by any means, but the way she handles herself, her presentation, fitness and good looks are enough to make her a stayer.

    Jason Bateman was pretty good in his part. He played a fellow who seems to feel slightly hopeless about himself. He realizes he is what he is and has come to the conclusion there’s nothing he can do to change. At around 40 he knows he simply isn’t the kind of guy that is going to start relations with new girl friends; it’s either one that already knows him, or no-one…

    To my mind the big thing about the film is the wonderful casting. What a brainwave to find this little guy, Thomas Robinson to act the part of ‘Sebastian’. He is clever, and touching beyond his years.

    And this leads me to the best part of all: The relationship and incredible similarities we see in Wally and Sebastian. It’s almost as though they are indeed father and son! If they are, then I’ve missed it, but it wouldn’t surprise me for an instant.

    They work so well together, they mesh so well, they appear to be so similar with their habits.. You can almost imagine Kassy, towards the end of the movie, almost giving up, looking at these two… ridiculous, introspective, nutty .. ‘people’; and as she gazes at Wally she realizes she hasn’t a hope, so she says ‘probably’ to his feeble marriage proposal…

    It’s those ‘mesh’ parts between Wally and Sebastian, together with the proposal scene that are the funniest in the film.

    Bateman and Aniston would no doubt hate to admit it, but there is no film without the boy.

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