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Switch [Blu-ray] [Import]

Jennifer Aniston , Jason Bateman , Josh Gordon , Will Speck    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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3.0 out of 5 stars I can never look at Dian Sawyer in the same way Dec 22 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Wally Mars (Jason Bateman) is in love with Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston) But he does not really know it. And the Kassie has more than friendship feelings for Wally but does not show it. Now Kassie wants a baby to beat the biological clock but not with her best friend Wally. So she chose a conception party where mutual friend Debbie (Juliette Lewis) introduces the" Baster" the original title of the movie from a short story. At the Party a drunken Wally performs the switch or the new title of the movie.

The formula is common but the acting is pretty good. Excuse me if I do not go through the list of actors. However Thomas Robinson was exceptionally good as the offspring Sebastian; hope to see more of his acting in the future. Dian Sawyer may have a promising career also.
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129 of 145 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Much Better Than I Ever Expected Feb. 18 2011
By D. Barbour - Published on Amazon.com
Every so often there comes along a movie that most mainstream critics just don't like and I do. The Switch is one of those movies. Far nicer and sweeter than I expected, you may not LOVE this movie, but if it doesn't make you smile, there is something wrong with you.

Jennifer Aniston plays Kassie, a woman who is tired of waiting on a seemingly non-existent Mr. Right to start a family. She decides to find a donor who is tall and has a good sense of humor (traits not possessed by her best friend, the neurotic Wally (Jason Bateman)) and hold a very special gathering for friends and family. At this "insemination party", a very drunk Wally decides to 'switch' her donor's ingredient for his own, thus secretly hijacking her pregnancy. Fast-forward seven years and we meet Sebastian, Kassie's child, who is becoming more and more like his real father Wally by the day.

There is an underlying sad tension building all throughout the movie as we wait for the moment when Wally will put two and two together and remember what he did that fateful night, and then when he must reveal this dirty secret to Kassie. My guess is this is why some critics didn't like it. If you go into it with a better perspective though, it is more about how Wally decides he is ready to commit to this young child as a father, and how he is a better person for it, regardless of how everything ends up. A couple of scenes are downright touching, and the ending, while somewhat rushed and flawed, didn't ruin the story. I was not expecting much and in return got a whole lot.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm surprise March 19 2011
By R. Decalo - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a rom-com junkie who's mighty frustrated with the genre--how can most of these films be sub-par? doesn't that go against the rules of statistics?--and yet I must say I was pleasantly surprised by The Switch. It's a cut above the norm, mostly because of the relationship between father and son, which is warmly, sweetly, comedically and endearingly acted.

This film is Hollywood; despite a strange lull after the "switch" which suggests the pacing might go indie, it returns to Hollywood momentum. Which is fine, but the editing is slightly off there. That said, the charm and comedy of the father and son really do make this movie. I'm not into the standard manipulation of cute faces and piping voices for ratings, but these two are really sweet magic together.

Bateman's acting is touchingly understated when he's with the kid; the child (Thomas Robinson) is earnest and adorable and is so natural in his connection with his father. Aniston picks up credibility in a few of the intimate moments she has with Bateman--you feel her looking at him and being moved and wanting/wondering--but overall this really is a Bateman/Robinson movie.

I don't dislike Aniston in general, but I absolutely didn't "feel" her the way I did the other two. The movie has the usual Hollywood stock characters for best friends; Jeff Goldblum is amusing in a slightly quieter way than usual. But it's Bateman and Robinson, as a duo and separately, that make the movie a four star in its genre--and that make you long for the Bateman/Aniston characters to live happily ever after.

I rented it thinking it would be bad fluff. I watched it half-over again later that night, just to laugh and love a bit more with the father/son duo, and now I'm going to buy it for real. This isn't going to be the best romantic comedy you'll have ever watched (I hope), but it's not at all a bad way to spend a couple hours. :)
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Admiration of Comedic Timing in a Fine Cast March 19 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
THE SWITCH is another story about artificial insemination and the impact it has on the participants. Yes, it has been done many times with varying results, but what makes this version of the story different and worthy of merit and attention is the sparkling screenplay by Allan Loeb adapted from the short story 'Baster' by gifted author Jeffrey Eugenides ('Middlesex', 'The Virgin Suicides', 'My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead', and short stories 'The Speed of Sperm', 'Air Mail', 'Ancient Myths', etc). It is a film that gives us the opportunity to remember the fine comic time of Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, and Juliet Lewis, courtesy of the fine direction by Josh Gordon and Will Speck..

Wally Mars (Jason Bateman) is an oddly neurotic character who has a very difficult time connecting to people, especially in the dating department. His best friend is Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston) a successful woman who abruptly decides her biologic clock is ticking down and decides to have a baby by paying a sperm donor. Wally is shocked, but Kassie's other best friend Debbie (Juliette Lewis, bubbling brilliantly) supports her conviction to take charge of her life and plans a party to celebrate Kassie's incipient 'donation'. Kassie selects a potential donor in Roland (Patrick Wilson) who is a square and married teacher but 'needs the money'. At the party when the 'donation' is to be deposited, Wally gets drunk and accidentally spills Roland's 'contribution', and in drunken desperation replaces it with his own - a secret he doesn't even share with Leonard (Jeff Goldblum) with whom he works and has a strong friendship. The inseminated Kassie moves back home, returning seven years later with her six-year old son Sebastian (Thomas Robinson, a very fine child actor). Kassie courts the now divorced Roland, a blow to Wally who in his 'babysitting' chores grows close to Sebastian who is very much like Wally. How the story ends is predictable but heartwarmingly humorous, especially watching the relationship between Wally and Sebastian develop.

In addition to the strong cast of leading actors there are cameos by Kelli Barrett and especially the significantly impressive Scott Elrod (watch this young actor's career blossom!). Largely due to the smart dialogue delivered by specialists in comedy, this film works well. Grady Harp, March 11
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the love of the kid... Aug. 11 2011
By Andrew Ellington - Published on Amazon.com
I know that I shouldn't like this film as much as I do, considering the clichés and the plot holes that seem to infest certain areas of the script, and yet I can't help but kind of love this movie. Jennifer Aniston is kind of like Jennifer Lopez to me; not entirely talented and yet totally adorable and so every movie they do, whether it's terrible or not, is watchable thanks to them. But, with `The Switch' it really isn't about Jennifer Aniston at all. Sure, she is the big name that drew the most people to the theater, but it is the supporting cast that really brings this film to life; most notably Jason Bateman and that little adorable kid named Thomas Robinson.

`The Switch' tells the story of Kassie; a single business woman who dreams of having a child but knows that her time is ticking away from her. Her best friend is Wally, a neurotic yet sincerely concerned man who has been harboring feelings for Kassie for years, but has always been too afraid to do anything about them. When Kassie decides to have a child via sperm donor, Wally is immediately concerned, and quite vocal about it to the point where it strains their friendship. Eventually though, Kassie settles on a donor, but a drunken snafu leads Wally's `ingredient' into Kassie's uterus and out comes Sebastian. The problem is that Wally was so drunk he blacked out and doesn't remember that fateful `switch'. On top of that, Kassie moves away to `better raise Sebastian' and so Wally doesn't get to see her or his `son' for nearly six years. When Kassie moves back to the city, Sebastian is thrust into Wally's life and, while he is initially cold shouldered to the boy, there is just something about that little wonder that fills Wally's heart.

Of course, there are your standard Hollywood `curveballs' that get tossed into the plot (some of them making more sense than others), but it is the solid performances of Bateman and Robinson that truly elevate this film.

Jason Bateman is one of those actors I wish big things for. He's a lot like Paul Rudd to me; a cute and likable actor who brandishes his own breed of `funny' with authenticity and originality and can handle making his characters `his own' with ease. Bateman is an easy standout in nearly all of his films. What he does here is something special, because those blue eyes melt away whenever he's looking at young Thomas Robinson (that kids is something special in himself) and it adds this sincerity; this paternal love that is hard to `fake'. Sure, at moments `The Switch' feels like a cheaper version of `About a Boy', and it never quite manages to be `that great', but the similarities to that film serve more as a compliment than anything else.

The rest of the cast shines as well; especially Juliette Lewis and Jeff Goldblum; both serving up `funny sidekick' performances.

In the end, `The Switch' is far better than I expected it to be. I love it more than I should and yet I'm not ashamed to love it this much. While I found the sub-plot concerning Roland, the assumed donor, to be halfbaked and somewhat farfetched, it didn't truly dampen my feelings for the film. The film just hits too many `right notes', and while it certainly delves into the schmaltzy manipulative side of tear-jerking in certain scenes ("you can have this one") it pulls it off thanks to the pure believability of Bateman and Robinson's performances.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars B O R I N G Jan. 6 2013
By SFgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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Rented this movie because I'm a fan of Jason Bateman. But, this movie was boringly boring and I wish I would've passed on it. How boring is boringly boring?? It took me over 9 hours to watch the whole thing cause the storyline & acting didn't interest me and I kept stopping it out of boredom to go do something else (like do the friggin dishes...that says a lot since I hate doing dishes). If you, like me, selected this film thinking it would be a dry-humored comedy in the vein of Arrested Development, I sincerely believe you will be disappointed. The acting was obvious - Juliette Lewis delivered the best performance in a supporting role, Bateman delivered second best, Aniston is the same as every character she's ever played, Goldblum was cliche, Patrick Wilson was decent. The pace of the scenes was painfully slow and drawn-out. There were many scenes where Bateman and Aniston were just walking (mopingly slow). It was predictable from the first 10 minutes and not funny. It was dumb. I was a fool to go solely on the amazon reviews...IMDb rates it as 5.9 out of 10 and Rotten Tomatoes had it at 51% with a 44% audience approval. Roeper summed it up best: "Likable cast wasted in a dopey comedy. But hey, at least it has the first head-lice-removal instructional montage in romcom history."
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