Sunday, April 3, 2011

THE SWITCH

Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Thomas Robinson
Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis, Patrick Wilson


"The most unexpected comedy ever conceived"




Wally (Jason Bateman) and Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) are best friends. One day, Kassie decides she wants to have a baby. Being single and unattached, she resorts to artificial insemination. At her I'm getting pregnant party, Wally who is opposed to the idea and is totally drunk accidentally spills the the cup which contains the 'ingredients' of Roland, (Patrick Wilson) the sperm donor. Out of desperation, Wally replenishes it with his own 'offering'. Then strangely, he completely blocks it out of his memory.

7 years later Kassie moves back to New York with her son, Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) a neurotic little boy who likes to collect picture frames. The thing is he keeps the accompanying pictures inside and pretends they are his relatives. Wally soon recognizes himself in little Sebastian and slowly remembers what he did that particular night.

"The Switch" is surprisingly quite charming in places with its quirkiness. Although the two main characters clearly belong with each other, neither of them is especially sympathetic. You spend the first half of the film begging them to confess their true feelings for each other and the second half in rising exasperation as Wally never quite finds the moment to let Kassie know that he is the real father of her child.

Aniston always delivers in these type of roles. She has warmth and can convey inner thought processes, for a start, and she knows when not to dominate a scene. But it is really Bateman who carries the film, yet even his understated performance is consistently upstaged by the actor who portrays Sebastian. He is adorable in his neurotic sort of way. He also has many of the sharpest lines as some very adult anxieties about life, health and the future of the planet emerge from his lips. He is believable and very cute without being sickening or annoying. Together, Bateman and Robinson have great chemistry as they bond as father and son.

Another bonus is the presence of Jeff Goldblum, who is delightfully idiosyncratic as Wally’s boss and best friend, Leonard. He definitely is a scene stealer. His witty quips in trying to show his support for his bewildered friend is delightful to watch.

Despite its contrived and predictable plot, this romantic comedy was likeable and watchable for its unorthodox view on parenthood and everything else in between.

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