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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.




(screenplay), (short story "Baster")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jeremy Mohler ...
Party Guest 2 (as Jeremy J. Mohler)
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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.


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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Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Baster  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,436,713 (USA) (20 August 2010)


$27,758,465 (USA) (12 November 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After arguing with Kassie, Wally is seen walking in the rain. A truck passes behind him bearing an ad featuring a turkey baster. This is a reference to 'The Baster', the short story on which the film was based. See more »


On going to the drug store during the lice infestation they pick up black bin liners with yellow drawstrings. On returning home there is no sign of a yellow drawstring. See more »


[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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Referenced in RTL Film: Episode #9.11 (2010) See more »


Written by Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Performed by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
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Way more enjoyable than I was expecting!
10 August 2010 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

I went to see the sneak preview of this movie last night, walking in with low expectations. I'm not a huge fan of Jennifer Anniston, and the concept sounded a bit low brow...so I went in pretty cynical. I was pleasantly surprised! It not only "didn't suck" but was actually pretty great. I thought the subject could have easily made this very cringe worthy and hard to believe - and yet it was handled in such a way that it didn't seem THAT far-fetched (as Hollywood movies go)and the characters remained believable and even sympathetic at times.

I LOVED Jason Bateman's character. He is negative, neurotic, funny and cute all at the same time. Aniston played her role very classy, and did not try to be cutesy or overly dramatic.

I rarely believe cute little kids in movies, yet the show stealer for me was Sebastian, the son. This kid is going to be a super star one day if he keeps it up! He is just the right amount of adorable/quirky while never overdoing it. His big brown eyes well up with tears in just the right way (choked me up a couple of times), and yet could deliver 'quirk' with complete deadpan expression. Brilliant! All in all, I laughed, teared up, and managed to enjoy every minute of the experience. Is it Citizen Kane? No. But it's darn good entertainment.

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