Let me start out by saying that “The Switch” is your typical romantic comedy. It doesn’t do anything differently than most other rom com’s that you’ve already seen. And like so many of those others, my interest in the movie falls squarely on the shoulders of the actors in the film. In this case, that’s a good thing because I’m a big fan of Jason Bateman and have enjoyed many of his bit roles in a lot of great movies (Dodgeball, Love Stinks, Juno, Up In The Air, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). The question was…could he take a somewhat neurotic & pessimistic lead character and make him likable enough to carry an entire film? And I’m happy to report that he does…but barely.
Here’s the premise…Wally & Kassie (Jennifer Aniston in her umpteenth rom com in the last decade) are best friends. When Kassie decides that her body clock is ticking and she needs to have a baby before her time is up, she throws a big “Fertilization Party” and gives artificial insemination a go. Wally is totally against her decision and so, in a fit of drunkenness, replaces her baby daddy’s “stuff” with his “stuff” and then 9 months later she has the baby and we all pretty much know what goes on from there. All rom-com’s have their “situation” but in the end, the only question that remains to be answered is “Will they fall in love?” This movie is no different. But what this movie has that others don’t is Bateman AND the little boy who plays the son. Thomas Robinson is the child actor who is Sabastian, the little boy who is a little dark and rough around the edges. He has some quirks and Robinson is perfect for the role. It’s because of him that this movie succeeds. For the first half of the movie, the Bateman/Aniston combo is good enough to carry the movie but it kind of fizzles out after that. It’s the addition of Robinson in the second half that makes this worth seeing. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before but it’s a decent late-night date rental and I would recommend it on that level only.
Overall Rating: B-
10 Second Review: If you’ve seen 1 rom-com, you’ve seen them all but Bateman and Robinson are the stars that make this one sparkle. This is also probably Aniston’s best movie to date (as far as the ones I’VE seen).