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Jennifer Aniston continues her breezy success as queen of the contemporary romantic comedy in the offbeatThe Switch, which brings together elements ofWhen Harry Met Sally…and even episodes ofFriends. Aniston is charming and capable as Kassie, an accomplished New York career gal who decides it's time to have a baby--husband or no husband. But inThe Switchit's the men around Kassie who become truly memorable, and for whichThe Switchbecomes a must-see. Kassie's best friend is Wally (the wryly and neurotically hilarious Jason Bateman), who may have deeper feelings for his good friend than he's willing to admit. Kassie's recruited sperm donor is Roland, the handsome Nordic hunk with a sweet heart, played with finesse by Broadway star Patrick Wilson. And the fruit of the insemination is Kassie's son, Sebastian, acted with gravitas and thoughtfulness by the young Thomas Robinson, who's so talented he should grow up to be a huge star. Special mention goes to Jeff Goldblum, who takes his own befuddled persona stereotype to new heights as Wally's concerned friend Leonard. All Aniston really has to do is not overdo the "cute" as she dances among these talented actors, and she accomplishes far more than that. "The switch" of the title involves a snafu during the process of Kassie's insemination--and the results of that plot twist shape the rest of the movie. Though audiences can see much more quickly whom Kassie belongs with, before Kassie or her guys do, the ride is thoroughly believable, human, and gently entertaining. The humor inThe Switchcan be bawdy but it underscores the timeless quest for love and family. Kassie--and all the "men" in her life--deserve it, and watching them on that journey makes for a delightful experience. --A.T. Hurley
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CastJennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman
DirectorJosh Gordon and Will Speck
Genre:  Romance
Release Date:  August 20, 2010
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterAllan Loeb
Runtime:  101 minutes
Studio:  Miramax Films
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review by . May 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*1/2 out of ****     Why anyone will actually like "The Switch" is beyond me. You don't have to be a cinephile such as (probably) you and (most definitely) me to know that films such as this one come out every week. The concepts, the lamely-written characters, the plotting; all of them are old, old, old. Now, the problem with "The Switch" is not that it's any worse than most rom-coms that tend to release nowadays. In fact, it's better than SOME of them, but all-the-same, just …
review by . August 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Switch It Back
THE SWITCH   Written by Allan Loeb   Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck   Starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis and Patrick Wilson      Oh what a cynical, love starved world we live in today that a movie like THE SWITCH can be called a romantic comedy.  A) It is rarely, if ever, funny – not that is doesn’t make numerous, desperate attempts to be just that.  And B) there is absolutely nothing …
review by . November 15, 2010
Don't you wish better for Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Bateman was part of one of the funniest shows of the new millennium, (the OO’s what do you call the last decade) and because it got so mishandled by FOX it never got the notoriety it deserved while on the air. It has since taken on a cult like following with die-hard fans. The former Friends star has been followed around non-stop about her private life and never seems to catch a break with it. Both have been given many chances …
review by . August 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
An Unexpected Surprise
My local newspaper critic at the Arizona Republic panned this movie and gave it a one star (out of a possible of five stars). I almost didn't go to see it because of the poor review. Often my wife and I catch a movie on the weekend and this weekend there are very poor choices (from our view) for new movies. We decided to go see if The Switch was really a one star movie or something different. I do not always agree with the newspaper reviewer (probably a different value system).   …
review by . August 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A few months ago, I was especially harsh on "The Back-Up Plan," a rotten little romantic comedy about a woman who decides to get herself artificially inseminated. Now we have "The Switch," which is about the same thing. It's an improvement, although not by much, I'm sorry to say. That's because it makes slightly smaller versions of the exact same mistakes: It takes an engaging idea and robs it of just about anything meaningful, leaving behind a series of jokes that are stretched to the breaking …
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