The Switch


The Switch

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.



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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.

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Jennifer Aniston
as Kassie Larson
Jason Bateman
as Wally Mars
Thomas Robinson
as Sebastian
Kelli Barrett
as Roland's Wife Jessica
Victor Pagan
as Knit Hat Guy
Jeremy J. Mohler
as Party Guest #2
Will Swenson
as Actor on Stage
Edward James Hyland
as Man in Theatre
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 (151) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (74)

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

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Let down by inconsistent characterisation and finally ending in gloopy sentimentality and silliness.

    Sep 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It strains to portray a progressive modern woman, but Aniston's role is the weakest link.

    Sep 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • There's much to enjoy, if not quite enough to disguise the film's essential awkwardness in trying to cover too many bases.

    Sep 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sorry tabloid readers. At no time does Jennifer 'Womb Watch' Aniston growl, "Take that, Brad."

    Aug 24, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • There aren't enough surprises to justify the title, but The Switch produces sufficient light for a late-summer diversion.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Switch

  • Apr 28, 2013
    It's predictable awkward situation drama. But I can still enjoy it.
    UUd I Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2013
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2011
    A typical and highly predictable romantic comedy starring, the lovely, Jennifer Aniston and, the hilarious, Jason Bateman. The movie overall is a disappointment that follows all the steps of a silly plot like you would expect. It is good for some minor satisfaction, but is most definitely a throw-away. Not worth your time, unless you're a fan of the genre.
    Suneel J Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2011
    I like Jason Bateman, but he's not well matched with Jennifer. Jennifer is getting older and she wants a baby. (Life immitating art). She has found a donor, handsome fellow and her friend Juliette (weird as they were both involved with Brad Pitt) throws her a conception party (only in America!) and a jealous bestmate Jason gets drunk and switches the sperm (as you do!). Years later he discovers that he has a son, but Jennifer has already moved on.
    Candy R Super Reviewer

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