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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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You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of The Switch.
Let down by inconsistent characterisation and finally ending in gloopy sentimentality and silliness.
There's much to enjoy, if not quite enough to disguise the film's essential awkwardness in trying to cover too many bases.
Sorry tabloid readers. At no time does Jennifer 'Womb Watch' Aniston growl, "Take that, Brad."
There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.
The comedy itself suffers from awkward scheduling. Though this isn't its only wrinkle.
While Aniston gets stuck playing an undercooked neurotic cipher, Bateman knocks it out of the park with his physical clowning and easy-breezy bonding scenes with newcomer Thomas Robinson.
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.
A conventional yet entertaining romantic comedy...
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.
despite a novel plot device, The Switch is a disappointingly formulaic film and at times quite soulless.
A misjudged lightness of tone and a predictable structure neuter the neuroticism and strange maliciousness of this Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman rom-com.
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.
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.
It's predictable awkward situation drama. But I can still enjoy it.
This was very predictable but I enjoyed it.
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