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The Switch (I) (2010)

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

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£666,018 (UK) (3 September 2010)

Gross:

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

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During the climbing wall/birthday party scene, Roland and Sebastian are both on their own belay ropes when Roland goes up the wall to get Sebastian. When Roland is lowered to the ground, Sebastian's rope is no longer there. See more »

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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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Pushin' On
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Quite Enjoyable
29 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unmarried Cassie (Aniston) wants to have a baby and has a Sperm Party with donor Roland (Wilson) in tow. The deed gets done, but the specified cup gets switched by Wally (Bateman), who gets so drunk he doesn't remember doing it. Neurotic Wally has a thing for Cassie, but does nothing about it. Seven years later when he meets Cassie's son, Sebastian (Robinson), Wally sees many of his mannerisms in the kid. This should be interesting. Funny too.

First of all, there is nothing uncomfortable in here. But, it is Sebastian who will get to you. The banter between Cassie and Wally is good, but when Sebastian comes on the scene, you know you have to see this through. Believe me, the kid will get to you. The lines (and not entirely easy ones) that Thomas Robinson has to say as Sebastian are unbelievable in that they are flawless and to the point. Amazing for a 6-yr old going on 30.

There is comedy but it comes between Wally and Sebastian and it's quite enjoyable. You find yourself wishing there were more scenes with Wally and Sebastian. These scenes are the hooks and why you stay. There is some adult humor too, but it's old hat and kind of expected.

Nice to see Jason Bateman getting a lead and this should be a stepping stone to other leads. The chemistry between Bateman and Aniston was good for the characters they portrayed. Aniston is still Rachel (character from the Friends TV show) and seems most comfortable with that role so there is nothing new with her in here. Hey, we like Rachel. What's not to like? She had a chance to branch out when she did DERAILED, a good drama with with Clive Owen, but that was just a one-time thing apparently. Too bad, as she was good in that one. Jeff Goldblum performed well, as always, but still has that Gary Shandling look on his face like he is going to burst out laughing hysterically at any moment. All the cast performed to expectations and that was very good.

This does play out like a made-for-TV movie, but the chemistry between Bateman and Robinson makes it all worthwhile. This was their show.

Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.


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