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The Switch

The Switch
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis

Rated: PG-13 mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language
Reviewed by: Nina  
Release date: August 20, 2010 Released by:

When I hear the words "romantic comedy" I think it will have more comedy than drama, right? Most of the time there is a good mix, you know - just enough thoughtfulness and introspection to balance against funny parts. In this case, I think it should have just been introduced as a regular drama, then the funny parts would have been a good relief and made the movie more enjoyable.

Jennifer Aniston is a 40-something woman who decides she cannot wait another day and takes matters into her own hands to have a baby. She has a "fertility party" complete with the party games and donor male. Unfortunately for Jennifer, even though her name is first in the intro credits and the movie is advertised with her as the star, I really think this movie belonged to Jason Bateman. He plays Wally, Jennifer's long suffering friend who is hiding his true feelings for her behind his neurotic personality and "angst of life". He is dour and uninspiring but lots more interesting than Jennifer's Kassie.

He foils her plan during a drunken bathroom trip which he doesn't remember until seven years later when he meets her again with her child. The movie revolves around Sebastian, charmingly played by the young actor (Thomas Robinson). He is alarmingly stubborn for someone so young, smart and well read for a six-year-old, feisty and fun and is a good match for Jason Bateman. They even look alike apart from the fact his eyes seem to be brown and both Jason & Jennifer's eyes are blue but who is watching that close?

All of the characters seem well matched, they go through their getting to know each other stage and come to be good parts of each other's lives. Wally's friend and boss, Jeff Goldblum, is good in this role, just enough and not too much which seems to be the case with most of his parts. All of the players, from Kassie's best friend to the sperm donor all play together nicely and the movie comes to a reasonable and friendly end.

When the truth finally comes out, unfortunately during an inopportune moment (the marriage proposal) the characters still seem to stay on track and it ends on a good note. It is worth the price of a matinee ticket, on a nice, rainy day in the afternoon; enjoyable enoughv and worth at least a small popcorn.

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