From Arrested Development to The Kingdom Jason Bateman has proven to be pretty versatile. Now comes The Switch starring Bateman opposite Jennifer Aniston in this comedy with a hint of romance. The movie was released in the summer of 2010 to mixed reviews and only recently did I get around to watching it. In the end I was pleasantly surprised.
The story focuses on the longtime friendship between Wally (Bateman) and Kassie (Aniston) and how it changes as she decides she wants to have a baby. After searching she finds Roland, a young married man willing to donate his sperm. Soon afterwards she becomes pregnant but she may not be having Roland’s baby. As years go by Wally starts to see similarities in Kassie’s son Sebastian and himself. As he replays the events of the night Kassie conceived he comes to the realization that he’s the donor. The story is complicated further by the relationship Kassie has begun with Roland who is seeking to build a relationship with her and the child he believes he helped create. In the end Wally has to find a way to tell the truth and keep Kassie and Sebastian in his life.
The twists and turns are many and the relationships are comedic and complicated. Although the story is fairly simple the film is not overly predictable. The hilarious awkwardness of these situations is well-played out by the actors. As a whole this was an enjoyable movie that I would recommend to anyone.
I would give this movie 3.1 out of 5 stars.
Running Time: 101 minutes
I must say one of the main things this had going for it was Jason Bateman. I wish they’d stop putting Matthew McC, Gerard Butler and co. in romantic comedies. Bateman is attractive and, more NB, light on his feet.
Bateman isn’t immediately likeable so it makes the stories he’s in more compelling since it’s not an immediate conclusion that he’ll be the guy.