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The Switch (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 August 2010 (USA)
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Seven years after the fact, a man comes to the realization that he was the sperm donor for his best friend's boy.

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Storyline

Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) and Wally (Jason Bateman) are best friends. Being unlucky in love, Kassie has decided to have a child using artificial insemination. Wally doesn't like this idea, but he isn't capable of admitting to himself, let alone to Kassie, that he's in love with her. At Kassie's artificial insemination party, Wally gets very drunk and spies the sperm donor's sample in the bathroom. Wally was way too drunk to know what he did that night, and Kassie has moved away because she doesn't feel that New York City is a place to raise a child. Now 7 years later, Kassie has moved back with her son Sebastian. While she is looking to get Roland (the sperm donor) more involved in their lives, Wally can't help but notice the many striking similarities that he and Sebastian share. Written by napierslogs

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The most unexpected comedy ever conceived.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,436,713, 22 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,758,465, 14 November 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene that opens on a bowl of pancake batter being mixed by Sebastian, is a replica of the breakfast scene in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). See more »

Goofs

When Kassie suggests to Wally on the phone that he bring Sebastian a picture frame as a gift, Wally takes one off his desk and removes the picture from it to give to Sebastian that night -- but Sebastian is disappointed because he knows it is used. Later, when at the frame shop to get Sebastian a new one, Wally brings in the old one with (apparently) a receipt, chooses a new frame, and tells the clerk he's exchanging the old one for the new one. See more »

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[first lines]
Wally Mars: Look at us. Running around, always rushed, always late. I guess that's why they call it the human race. What we crave most in this world is connection. For some people it happens at first site. It's when you know, you know. It's fate working its magic. And that's great for them. They get to live in a pop song; ride the express train. But that's not the way it really works. For the rest of us it's a bit less romantic. It's complicated and it's messy. It's about horrible timing and ...
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Connections

Referenced in El Reviewer Random: New in Town (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Walk Alone
Written and Performed by Mick McMains
Courtesy of Rescue Records, a division of 5 Alarm Music
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Cute and touching
21 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have seen many the Romantic Comedy that I would say are OK, a time filler but I wouldn't count this movie as one of them.

First of all there is a friendship, second there is competition for Kassie, the main character's affections and lastly and most importantly there is a very sweet relationship between Bateman's character and the little boy, Sebastian. This movie has all the right ingredients to be a sweet movie. It also has our beloved Jennifer Aniston starring in the lead role and a very cute kid. Honestly, I watch most of Aniston's movies and this was one of my favorites.

I realize that its not going to be nominated for an Academy but its certainly worth cozying up with your significant other and a glass of wine and enjoying the show.


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