The Switch

The Switch

3.0 76 Ratings

Directed by : Josh Gordon , Will Speck

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An offbeat comedy about Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her slightly neurotic best friend Wallys objections, decides its time to have a babyeven if it means doing it by herself with a little help from a charming sperm donor. But, unbeknownst to her, Kassies plans go awry because of a last-minute switch t...more


“A predictable, but not a bad watch at all! Aniston and chick flick fans will come out safistied, if nothing more from this one.”

The Switch Audience Review

It happens only in America

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In order to enjoy this movie you have to leave your logical brain behind. The leap of incredulity is not of the Rajni movie kind but of a different nature. The heroine realizing her biological clock is about to wind down, decides on getting pregnant by getting someone to donate his sperm. But no, not for her any sperm from a sperm bank. She chooses a sperm donor according to her specifications. Her best friend accidentally drops the collected sample down the sink and then obligingly uses his own to fill in the absence. He does not remember all this because he is dead drunk and only realizes it when he sees the kid a good 7 years later. The complications that follow make up the rest of the movie.

While sperm donation and surrogate pregnancies have become the norm, the incredulous parts in this movie are about the blas way in which the characters go about doing these things. A sperm donation party is organized, if you please, where the donor guy wears a Viking hat and everyone knows when he is about to go do the deed. The heroine wears a wreath and they all sing and dance much like a birthday party. The invites for the party have little sperm cutouts stuffed in the envelope. Really.
Also the whole bonding over lice is far out and you can only roll your eyes at how only societies that have all their other needs met, make a big deal over something trivial like that.

The dialogues are smart and funny especially in the first half. Jason Bateman as Wally, the neurotic hero is charming and very good, the kid is cute. Jennifer Aniston is patchy and shows her age in some parts. Again, like Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, she needs conditioner, lots of it. I dont know why all these women seem to enjoy looking like they have serious serial bad hair days. We pay good money to see these movies and the least we expect is to see good looking, well maintained people.

The second half drags on a bit and could have been done in half the time. The marriage proposal and the answer is really cute I thought and the one realistic thing in the whole story.

Its not a bad watch I would say though the second half may need a coffee shot while they work their lives out in slow motion. I would have given it half a star more but for this slow pace and predictability in the second half.