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The Switch
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 10:56

The SwitchThe Switch is a story of boy meets girl; boy falls in love with girl; boy secretly hijacks girl’s pregnancy... You know – the usual. Under other circumstances I’d say this is a pretty horrible notion of romance but somehow it works, mostly due to the sardonic charm of Jason Bateman.

Bateman plays Wally, a passive-aggressive nice guy who doesn’t have much luck in the relationship department – mostly due to the fact that he is unbearably glib and obsessive-compulsive. Then there is the fact that he’s secretly in love with his best friend Kassie played by Jennifer Anniston. She’s a smart, independent woman who has decided to have a baby on her own with the help of some very carefully chosen donor sperm. Hurt and jealous, Wally gets wasted and ends up swapping the other guys swimmers for his own.

Jason Bateman ponderingJason Bateman really is the guy who makes this film worth watching, and it’s clear he’s got what it takes to carry a movie as a leading man. He’s a somewhat unconventional hero, but one that we cheer for despite the fact that he is morally pretty despicable! He and Anniston don’t have the most romantic chemistry ever, but it’s believable that they are buddies who just can’t seem to get along without one-another.

Aniston and BatemanThe glue that binds these two, of course, is Sebastien, played by young Thomas Robinson. Children in movies are usually so sickeningly sweet they make me want to gag; either that or they are hellishly bratty. Sebastien was actually pretty cute in a neurotic way and he and Bateman had some great scenes together.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

Jennifer Anniston once starred in the short-lived TV series Ferris Bueller (1990).

Jason Bateman’s first acting gig was as on Little House on the Prairie from 1981-1982.