Monday Movie Review - The Switch

Monday, August 23, 2010

An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend, who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own.
Taken from imdb.

Ok, really? Another movie about artificial insemination? Good Lord. First we've got Baby Mama, then we've got The Back-Up Plan, and now we've got this "gem," The Switch. The flick primarily follows Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston), her best friend, Wally (Jason Bateman), and the donor, if you will, Roland (Patrick Wilson) in the wake of her decision to have a child as a single woman at the age of 40.

Let me sum this movie up for you in two sentences. Ready? You've got the super independent woman enjoying a half-fulfilled life with her loyal, albeit neurotic best friend, and a hot, athletic, all around great guy who is more than willing to help the woman have a child. Years later, the independent woman has a little boy who may or may not be the neurotic best friend's son due to a party mishap, and the athletic baby-daddy wants to be the real daddy. There you go. That's the whole movie. To be honest, I didn't ruin it for you because pretty much the whole film is in the trailer.

The Switch is, I guess, is a romantic comedy. It's definitely funny at times, but I have to get this off my chest...methinks Rachel Jennifer Aniston has been typecast. She seems to play the same character every time, and it's a bit stale at this point. The little boy, Sebastian, played by Thomas Robinson, showed up all his co-stars and was the one highlight of the film. He has a knack for delivering deadpan humour that really got the audience going.

Other than that, I have to be honest, The Switch is just a bit boring. It's almost like it never really got going. You can predict the ending about five minutes in, which kind of ruins it. I give this film a 2.5 out of 5, and I recommend it as a DVD rental. It's not horrible, it's just really, really not original at all. Below is the trailer for The Switch.

Have you seen The Switch? What did you think?


  1. Thanks for your honesty. I haven't seen it yet but the neurotic little boy is enough to make me try it :)

  2. I saw this last night and loved it - the little boy was so cute and made it so heartwarming to me. I love emotional things though lol.

  3. Okay, I love Jason Bateman, but Aniston? I have not watch the movie yet, but you got me thinking of it. =)

  4. To be honest, I don't think I'd like this movie! I'm not a huge fan of rom coms, but The Switch sound like a bit of fun all the same. Great review!

  5. Man I have not visited in forever. Sorry I have been slacking. Great header!

  6. I would agree that Anniston is being type cast, which is a shame. I do like her, but most of her movies are just fluff. Thanks for the review.

  7. Thanks Melissa for your comment.

    I have to agree. Jennifer Aniston seems to have the same pesona in every movie. Yet, I hesitate to slash this romedy from my list of movies to watch. I really like Jason Bateman, he's very funny. He played the comic relief in the movie "The Kingdom"...great movie by the way.

  8. I did not know that this movie was coming out! It does all sounds a bit off! I only loved Jennifer Anistons acting in Friends!


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