The Switch (2010)



Critic 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.

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"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 behind "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Juno" comes "The Switch," due in theaters this summer.
PG-13 (for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Jennifer Aniston
as Kassie Larson
Jason Bateman
as Wally Mars
Jeff Goldblum
as Leonard
Thomas Robinson
as Sebastian
Todd Louiso
as Artie
Scott Elrod
as Declan
Kelli Barrett
as Roland's Wife Jessica
Victor Pagan
as Knit Hat Guy
Rebecca Naomi Jones
as Party Guest
Jeremy J. Mohler
as Party Guest #2
Will Swenson
as Actor on Stage
Edward James Hyland
as Man in Theatre
Brian Podnos
as Waiter
Carmen M. Herlihy
as Woman on Bus
Lily Pilblad
as Girl at Pizzeria
Jason Jones
as Climbing Wall Guide
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Critic Reviews for The Switch

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (37)

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

Full Review… | January 30, 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

Sorry tabloid readers. At no time does Jennifer 'Womb Watch' Aniston growl, "Take that, Brad."

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
I.E. Weekly
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.

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

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.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


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.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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

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UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

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