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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

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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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20 August 2010 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$27,758,465 (USA) (12 November 2010)
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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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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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Summer Night
Written by Jonathan Dagan and Noa Lembersky
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Likable film with a lot of heart
22 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think critics have been conditioned to think that any movie with Jennifer Aniston in it these days has to suck. I happily declare that this one doesn't. It has a likable romance. The dialogue is actually funny (especially anything that comes out of Jeff Goldblum's mouth). Based on the premise - which comes off much less implausible than it probably should - I was expecting a lot more lowbrow comedy and was pleasantly surprised. And Jason Bateman is a wonderful and underrated leading man. The voice-overs are perhaps a bit insipid and probably could have been skipped entirely, but that's a minor complaint. I enjoyed the film. 7 out of 10.


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