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The Switch (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 75
Rotten: 72

Critics Consensus: The Switch has an interesting premise and a charming cast; unfortunately, it also has a trite script that hews too close to tired rom-com formulas.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: The Switch has an interesting premise and a charming cast; unfortunately, it also has a trite script that hews too close to tired rom-com formulas.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 77,839

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Movie Info

"The Switch," is an offbeat comedy about Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her slightly neurotic best friend Wally's objections, decides it's time to have a baby-even if it means doing it by herself- with a little help from a charming sperm donor. But, unbeknownst to her, Kassie's plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn't discovered until seven years later when Wally finally gets acquainted with Kassie's precocious-though slightly neurotic-son. From the people … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language)
Genre:
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
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Written By:
Allan Loeb
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 15, 2011
Box Office:
$27.8M
Runtime:
Miramax - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Switch

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (72) | DVD (8)

You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of The Switch.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

There's much to enjoy, if not quite enough to disguise the film's essential awkwardness in trying to cover too many bases.

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The comedy itself suffers from awkward scheduling. Though this isn't its only wrinkle.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's not a bad film, really, just sort of average. But Bateman is so good in it -- natural, funny, yet full of real emotion -- that you immediately want to see him again in a better film.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Aside from the fact that it's all too entirely predictable, The Switch is a pleasant enough end-of-the-summer time killer.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

This might have worked better as a television episode or a short film, but as a feature, it's merely another one of those overly-long films where the audience must wait around in silence for the same conclusion we've seen countless times.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012
Examiner.com

A conventional yet entertaining romantic comedy...

Full Review… | July 3, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Bateman and Aniston are fine but don't have any real chemistry together, whilst the direction is flat and rather uninteresting. It has the occasional good moment, but "The Switch" fails to push any buttons. Or, indeed, pull any switches.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011

despite a novel plot device, The Switch is a disappointingly formulaic film and at times quite soulless.

Full Review… | August 30, 2011
The National

A misjudged lightness of tone and a predictable structure neuter the neuroticism and strange maliciousness of this Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman rom-com.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

Despite a strong cast and technical specs, The Switch remains another easily disposable entertainment built out of the rubble of a promising literary prospect.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
Slant Magazine

Directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck find some heart and wit in the screenplay, and they draw a strong performance from Bateman, who?s funny and sympathetic as the lovelorn Wally.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune

I would describe this movie first as sweet, then as funny - though the funny is definitely present, either dry and sly, or big and farcical. It's definitely a movie worth checking out.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Another week, another Jennifer Aniston rom-com. This one's passable, but saddled with a problematic central plot device.

Full Review… | September 9, 2010

Aniston still has a winning way with a comic line although it is really Bateman who carries the film, yet even his understated performance is consistently upstaged by young Robinson.

Full Review… | September 7, 2010
Daily Express

As pleasant as a daylight stroll across Central Park in the summer.

Full Review… | September 6, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

On some level, Wally is acting out on his deep feelings, and what he's doing to his "friend" is a violation of her dignity not far removed from rape.

Full Review… | September 5, 2010
Decent Films Guide

One of the main problems here is that there is zero chemistry between the two leads -- and we're not given any real reason to root for them to get together.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Liverpool Echo

Let down by inconsistent characterisation and finally ending in gloopy sentimentality and silliness.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Guardian

Aniston has wasted herself on some pretty thankless roles recently, but she is exactly right for this movie.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

It strains to portray a progressive modern woman, but Aniston's role is the weakest link.

September 2, 2010
Little White Lies

There's an interesting story in there somewhere about nature and nurture, and the pros and cons of being clever or merely good-looking.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Daily Telegraph

Despite winning turns by Lewis and an on-form Goldblum, the laughs are in short supply.

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Switch

Jason Bateman delivers a surprising performance of wistful need. Wally's big reveal moment isn't some gooey gesture, buoyed by a sappy indie song or romantic precipitation. It's a completely inopportune moment that he wedges into the works. As David Henry Hwang said at the NYC AWP Conference in 2008: "Monologue is to burst." And Bateman certainly bursts.

Of course, I am sorely disappointed with Aniston's reaction. She looks everywhere except at Bateman, and I, not having read Jeffrey Eugenides's short story, "Baster," don't know if Kassie's go-to angry reaction is in the original or just stuck in for the typical crisis-near-the-end-of-movie-that-will-be-resolved-in-two-minutes effect. I kept wanting to rewrite the whole scene. Give Kassie a real moment, perhaps saying she knew, somewhere in the back of her mind, she knew. I mean, how could she not? The kid moans when he eats.

The rom-com marketing and easygoing, devoid-of-personality female lead take away some of the charm and pathos of Wally's connection with the mini-him of sorts. Thomas Robinson is definitely the most adorable child-depressive ever. The scene in which Sebastian describes his picture-perfect paternal family and Wally reveals his own baggage is absolutely heartbreaking.

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Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

The Switch is by no means a perfect film but for a, and I hate the phrase, 'Chick Flick' or romantic comedy, I have to say it was quite refreshing. Jason Bateman can act and do comedy, his style is deadpan but very subtle, I found myself laughing at things he said 5 seconds after he's said them (and that's not me being slow, at least I don't think it is). He gives the main character a certain depth that we're not used to seeing in these types of film and I thought he did very well. The idea is a little familiar and the switch itself raises a few uncomfortable questions but it is handled quite well. I liked the cameo friends of Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis, both underplayed it without being dull and both were believable as real people. The premise (the secret) was withheld for the story to continue, that was all very predictable and the conclusion a little stale but the serious overtone and the fact that they didn't steep to ad libbing or cheap slapstick was a relief. I quite liked it for a Sunday afternoon.

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Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

½

Wally Mars: I - - um, hijacked your pregnancy.

"The most unexpected comedy ever conceived."

The Switch is a pretty dull, unfunny, and overall difficult movie to watch. The only thing that keeps the movie flowing and kept me from turning it off was Jason Bateman, who was actually pretty good, and a great little performance from the kid. Other than that, the story is so-so, the dialogue so-so, and nothing really interesting happens to support the initial premise. The premise is one that could work, but it just didn't.

Wally and Kassie are best friends and have been for quite some time. Kassie begins feeling like she's over the hill and wants to have a child while she still can. So in this haste she decides to try to find a sperm donor, so she can have the child she wants and needs right now. When she throws a party on the night where it will all take place, Wally stumbles into the bathroom drunk after the donor did the deed into a cup. Wally spills the cup and decides to replace it with his own. He completely forgets about this until Kassie and her son return to New York after years of being away. 

Not that I expected much from this, but it was still a big disappointment. We know from the beginning where the story is going to go, we know how it will end, and we know the ups and downs the characters will take. So why watch it? I don't know why I did, but I'm just warning you so you don't make the same mistake I did.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

It's predictable awkward situation drama. But I can still enjoy it.

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The Switch Quotes


Wally:
Look at us, running around. Always rushed, always late. I guess that's why they call it the human race. What we crave most in this world is connection. For some people it happens at first site. It's when you know you know. It's fate working its magic. And that's great for them. They get to live in a pop song. Ride the express train. But that's not the way it really works. For the rest of us, it's a bit less romantic. It's complicated, it's messy. It's about horrible timing, and fumbled opportunities. And not being able to say what you need to say when you need to say it. At least, that's the way it was for me.
– Submitted by Julie C (3 years ago)
Sebastian:
Do you ever scared you could have Parkinson's disease?
Wally:
Not specifically Parkinson's disease but, I am not going to lie I have had my doubts of hypochondriac.
Sebastian:
What's that?
Wally:
That's thinking you have diseases that you don't really have.
Sebastian:
OMG I have that.
– Submitted by Melynda B (3 years ago)
Wally:
Because getting old sucks, most people don't accomplish what they hope to and they realize there most likely not going to. They end up living this quiet life of denial and you know brushing birthdays under the rug becomes a big part of that.
– Submitted by Melynda B (3 years ago)
Sebastian:
I'm having a birthday party!
Wally:
Oh yah you enjoy that, There is going to comes a time in your life when you donâ??t want people to know itâ??s your birthday.
Sebastian:
Why wouldnâ??t anyone want people to know about their birthday?
– Submitted by Melynda B (3 years ago)

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