Kassie is quickly becoming middle-aged when her biological clock kicks into overdrive and a mid-life crises causes her to crave having a child. Unable to find a suitable partner, she turns to artificial insemination with a twist; she wants to know the donor. Years after the birth of her child her best friend Wally struggles with telling Kassie that he replaced the donor sample with his and is actually the father of her child.
Jason Bateman (Wally), Jennifer Aniston (Kassie), Jeff Goldblum (Leonard), Juliette Lewis (Debbie), Patrick Wilson (Roland), Todd Louiso (Artie), Scott Elrod (Declan), Thomas Robinson (Sebastian).
The Switch starts off looking like a decent comedy with some good character development and plot setup. About 40 minutes into the film however it morphs into a predictable drama that for quite a while leaves us wondering exactly how clueless Kassie and Wally really are. The film wakes up a bit toward the end with a completely expected and anti-climactic ending. There isn’t any deep morality or even complex drama here, just the typical “How long will it take them to figure out they love each other” love story drama with a taste of potential humor to try and fill the empty spaces.
Acting from Bateman was better than expected with good energy and emotion. Aniston was somewhat of a disappointment as she appeared to rely on her hair and smile rather than her acting skills. Lewis was in type as a complete spaz and delivered nicely, as did Goldblum who brought his usual high energy. Robinson did very well, acting above his age in many scenes.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all well done and consistent with a modern drama that enjoyed a decent budget. Dialogue was solid though the film definitely needed more laughs to qualify as a comedy. Sound and soundtrack were mild.
Overall The Switch is a completely predictable romantic drama that requires no imagination while delivering only mild entertainment value. Die hard romance fans may enjoy this a bit while others will find it seriously lacking depth.
With some foul language, mild nudity, mild sexuality, and mild drug use this should be fine for older teens and above.
The Switch is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 2 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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