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The Switch -- Jennifer Aniston stars alongside Jason Bateman in this offbeat comedy as Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her neurotic best friend Wally's (Bateman) objections, decides it's time to have a baby - even if it means doing it herself...with a little help from a charming sperm donor (Patrick Wilson).
The Switch -- An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend, who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own.
The Switch -- The Switch -- "Home Baster" Clip
The Switch -- An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend, who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own.
The Switch -- The Switch -- "Fresh" Clip


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Writers (WGA):
Allan Loeb (screenplay)
Jeffrey Eugenides (short story "Baster")
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The most unexpected comedy ever conceived.
Seven years after the fact, a man comes to the realization that he was the sperm donor for his best friend's boy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jason Bateman ... Wally Mars

Victor Pagan ... Knit Hat Guy

Jennifer Aniston ... Kassie Larson

Jeff Goldblum ... Leonard

Juliette Lewis ... Debbie

Todd Louiso ... Artie

Scott Elrod ... Declan

Patrick Wilson ... Roland

Rebecca Naomi Jones ... Party Guest

Kelli Barrett ... Roland's Wife Jessica
Jeremy J. Mohler ... Party Guest 2

Will Swenson ... Actor on Stage

Edward James Hyland ... Man in Theater

Caroline Dhavernas ... Pauline
Brian Podnos ... Waiter

Thomas Robinson ... Sebastian
Carmen M. Herlihy ... Woman on Bus

Lily Pilblad ... Girl at Pizzeria (as Lily Pilbald)

Jason Jones ... Climbing Wall Guide

Bryce Robinson ... Older Sebastian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amanda Barron ... Roland's Sister (uncredited)
Bob Bencomo ... Pirate Hat Guy (uncredited)
Nick Diamantis ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Stephanie Domini ... Kassie's friend (uncredited)

Stephen Hadeed Jr. ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Gina Hernandez ... Mexican Resturaunt Patron (uncredited)

Brooke Hoover ... Pig Nose Woman (uncredited)
Vivian Kalinov ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)

Lynn L'Heureux ... Business Woman (uncredited)
Patrick Edward O'Brien ... Roland's brother (uncredited)

Chris von Hoffmann ... Usher (uncredited)

Directed by
Josh Gordon 
Will Speck 
Writing credits
Allan Loeb (screenplay)

Jeffrey Eugenides (short story "Baster")

Produced by
Jennifer Aniston .... executive producer
Brian Bell .... co-producer
Albert Berger .... producer
Kristin Hahn .... executive producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Mary Lee .... co-producer
Allan Loeb .... co-producer
Steven Pearl .... co-producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Jess Hall 
Film Editing by
John Axelrad 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
Production Design by
Adam Stockhausen 
Art Direction by
Larry M. Gruber 
Set Decoration by
Carol Silverman 
Costume Design by
Kasia Walicka-Maimone 
Makeup Department
Natasha Allegro .... assistant hair stylist: additional photography
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup department head: additional photography (as Marilyn Carbone)
Jerry DeCarlo .... hair department head
Jorjee Douglass .... personal makeup artist: Ms. Aniston
Kelcey Fry .... assistant makeup artist: additional photography
Kelsie Gigandet .... personal hair stylist: Ms. Aniston, additional photography
Dallas Hartnett .... hair stylist: second unit
Sherri Berman Laurence .... makeup department head
Angela Levin .... personal makeup artist: Ms. Aniston, additional photography
Frances Mathias .... hair department head: additional photography
Jackie Payne .... key hair stylist (as Jacqueline Payne)
Amy Spiegel .... key makeup artist
Michelle Spooner .... makeup artist: second unit
Oney Syers II .... makeup artist
Lona Vigi .... personal hair stylist: Ms. Aniston
Louie Zakarian .... special effects makeup artist
Production Management
Brian Bell .... unit production manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
David Price .... production supervisor
Judy Richter .... production supervisor
Jack Schuster .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melody Beam .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Thomas Coe .... second assistant director: additional photography (as Thomas D. Coe)
Chris DeAngelis .... second assistant director: splinter unit
Scott Foster .... assistant director
Matthew Mason .... second second assistant director
George Parra .... first assistant director: additional photography
Christopher Swartout .... first assistant director: splinter unit
Jennifer Truelove .... second assistant director
Art Department
Stephanie Armstrong .... props
Juan Bertrán .... art department intern
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Pete Dancy .... assistant property master
John Davis .... storyboard artist (part one)
Lauren DiGiulio .... art production assistant
Daniel DuPont .... leadman: re-shoot
Michael Foster .... set dressing foreman
Vanessa Frost .... art department production assistant
Julia Garrison .... standby camera scenic
Christina Georgandis .... art department intern
Sean Haines .... additional shopper
Alexander James .... key scenic industrial
Michael Kall .... construction foreman
Elizabeth Keenan .... set decorator: additional photography
Paul Alexander Larkin .... set dresser
Alicia Leatherbury-Lamberti .... scenic artist
Robert Ludemann .... graphic designer
Dave McAllister .... key construction grip
Christine Montgomery .... set dresser
Tom Nierenberg .... set dresser
Rebecca Perrenod .... scenic charge artist
Stephen Podrang .... set dresser
Heather Prendergast .... assistant set decorator
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Duke Scoppa .... property master
Alison Scowby .... props
Nick Torelli .... set dresser
William Valentin .... scenic artist
Bryan Walsh .... leadman
Holly Watson .... graphic artist
Steve 'O' Watson .... on-set dresser: re-shoot
Brianne Zulauf .... additional art director
Brianne Zulauf .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Odin Benitez .... sound effects editor
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
James Bolt .... sound mixer (as Jim Bolt)
John Dunn .... foley editor
Julie Feiner .... adr editor
Julie Feiner .... dialogue editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Richard Bryce Goodman .... additional sound mixer
John-Thomas Graves .... adr mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Ronnie Morgan .... first assistant sound editor
Adam Sanchez .... boom operator
George Simpson .... supervising sound editor
Jason Stasium .... pro tools playback mixer
William Stein .... re-recording engineer
Thomas Varga .... production sound mixer
Christopher T. Welch .... adr editor
Christopher T. Welch .... dialogue editor
Christopher T. Welch .... supervising sound editor
Ben Wilkins .... sound effects editor
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Jon Dowdy .... special effects technician
Drew Jiritano Jr. .... special effects technician
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Drew Jiritano .... special effects technician
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects technician
Mike Myers .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Benjamin H. Bernard .... lead visual effects artist
James D. Etherington .... digital compositor: The Mill (as James Etherington)
Joshua Grow .... digital compositor: Howey Digital (as Josh Grow)
Jason Howey .... visual effects supervisor
Nitant Karnik .... digital compositor: The Mill (as Nitant Ashok Karnik)
Angus Kneale .... visual effects supervisor: The Mill
Gavin Miljkovich .... visual effects artist
Sean Rowe .... digital film scanner
Jeff Stevens .... visual effects designer: The Mill
Georgie Uppington .... visual effects producer
Ruben Vanderbroek .... visual effects
Boo Wong .... visual effects producer: The Mill
Bryce Burke .... rock climbing supervisor
Jared Burke .... co-stunt coordinator
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts
Isabella Cenatiempo .... stunt performer
Sophia Cenatiempo .... stunt performer
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator (as Doug Crosby)
Mike Ganim .... stunts
Natalie Jean .... stunts
Curtis Lyons .... stunts
Jon Trosky .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Belschner .... rigging grip
George Bianchini .... steadicam operator
John Billeci .... rigging best boy
Maceo Bishop .... Steadicam operator
Vincent Camuto .... video playback technician
Rashad Clinton .... rigging grip
Luis Colon .... grip
Howard Davidson .... lighting grip
David M. Dunlap .... director of photography: second unit
David M. Dunlap .... director of photography: time lapse photography, splinter unit
David Dutkus .... electrician
Jeffrey A. Eplett .... rigging electric
James J. Ferris .... electrician
David Flanigan .... second assistant camera: 'a' camera
Ted Goodwin .... electric
Darrall Graham .... electrician
Eduard Grau .... director of photography: time lapse photography, splinter unit
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rob Harlow .... grip
Marty Hechinger .... electrician
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
Robert Lau .... first assistant camera
Scott Lipkowitz .... second assistant camera: 'b' camera
Clay Liversidge .... rigging gaffer
William Louthe .... film lighting technician
William Louthe .... rigging electrician
Tigre McMullan .... electrician
John J. Moers .... documentary cameraman
Jeff Panessa .... best boy rigging grip
Michelle Pizanis .... second assistant camera: LA reshoots
Macall B. Polay .... still photographer
Brent Poleski .... key rigging grip
Scott H. Ramsey .... gaffer
Lance Rieck .... scorpio head technician
Frank Rinato .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ethan Rosenduft .... additional grip
Darrin Smith .... basecamp generator operator
Terry Stacey .... director of photography: splinter unit
Craig Striano .... techno crane operator
Kevin Walter .... camera loader
Michael Woodside .... electrician: re-shoots
Casting Department
Henry Russell Bergstein .... casting associate (as Henry Russell)
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice casting
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... Casting Associate (Los Angeles )
Stephanie Forrest .... extras casting assistant
David M. Waldron .... extras casting director
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Trenee Clayton .... costumer
Trenton Dallas .... additional costumer
Alexandra Eagle .... costumer
Careen Fowles .... key costumer
Susana Gilboe .... assistant costume designer
Keri Langerman .... costume assistant (as Keri Lee Doris)
Anne Laoparadonchai .... costumer: Ms. Aniston (as Annie Laoparadonchai)
Winsome G. McKoy .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
J. Cody Baker .... digital intermediate assistant
John Bonta .... colorist: dailies
Andrew Buckland .... additional editor
Andrew Buckland .... assistant editor
Sean Coleman .... colorist
Dylan Correll .... post-production assistant
Tom Cross .... additional editor
Ryan Malanaphy .... assistant editor
Erik Rogers .... senior digital intermediate producer
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer
Sean Valla .... first assistant editor
Matthew W. Johnson .... digital intermediate on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Steven Baker .... music supervisor
Tom Calderaro .... conductor
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
Jessica Dolinger .... music licensing
Erik Flettrich .... score recordist
Teddy Kumpel .... musician: guitars
Samuel Lehmer .... score mixer (as Sam Lehmer)
Renzo Mantovani .... musician: guitars
Krista Montagna .... additional music researcher
Stephen Perone .... assistant to composer
Lee Scott .... music editor
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Braden Kimball .... soundtrack engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Esteban Munoz .... mechanic
Hardy Ophuls .... transportation captain: additional photography
Other crew
Ramona Adair .... production assistant
Stephanie Angel .... additional script supervisor
Giuseppe Ardizzone .... set production assistant: additional photography
Alexis Auditore .... assistant: Ms. Konop
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Alec Bates .... location assistant
Sebastien Betsch .... digital cinema supervisor
Rebecca Boyle .... script supervisor: additional photography
Bambi Brook .... animal trainer
Lisa Burrascano .... production assistant
Katie Cappiello .... coach: Mr. Robinson
Omar Nieve Capra .... office production assistant (as Omar Hernandez)
Hailey Cho .... miscellaneous crew
Simon Clowes .... title designer: Prologue
Sarah Crofts .... location scout
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity consultants
Rebecca Davis .... studio teacher: Mr. Robinson
Megan Foerster .... assistant location manager
Joshua A. Friedman .... production assistant: second unit
Ken Furer .... assistant: Mr. Berger & Mr. Yerxa
Laurie Gershon .... product placement and clearances
Marc Giacomi .... accounting clerk
Dave Ginsberg .... location scout
Mary Gleich .... animal trainer
Dan Gloeckner .... set production assistant
Kyle Gorjanc .... production assistant
Quincy Gow .... production secretary
Trish Gray .... location scout
Jake Gross .... production assistant
Katie Groves .... stand-in: Jennifer Aniston
Kenneth Guity .... unit production assistant
Ben Hauck .... stand-in: Jason Bateman
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Aaron Hurvitz .... location scout
Michelle Johnson .... assistant: Ms. Hahn
Jason Kadlec .... location scout
Abby Kingston .... production assistant
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Jesse Lasky .... script coordinator
Mela Lee .... adr voice replacement
Amy Leigh Johnson .... unit publicist
Christopher LeStrange .... location scout
Jessica Lichtner .... script supervisor
Colin Louro .... production assistant
Dan Majkut .... production assistant
Margaret Maloney .... assistant: Ms. Aniston
Keith Marlin .... background production assistant
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Ryan McDonald .... assistant production office coordinator
Rob McEntegart .... executive vice president, business affairs: Mandate Pictures
Carolyn Mcguinness .... assistant: Ms. Aniston (as Carolyn McGuinness)
Brian McKinley .... assistant: Mr. Berger & Mr. Yerxa
Mario Nila .... production assistant
Jordan Pope-Roush .... assistant: Mr. Gordon & Mr. Speck
Nicole Real .... production assistant: first team
Angelica Reynoso .... assistant: Mr. Bateman
Mark Romanelli .... key set production assistant
Julian Ruhe .... location scout
Geraldine Schubert .... production assistant
Brian Segna .... assistant: Mr. Kahane
William Sepulveda .... key craft service
Eugene Stamos .... craft service assistant
Sean M. Sullivan .... location assistant
Daniel Tresca .... first assistant location manager
Heather Tyler .... post production accountant
Eva Vedock .... key craft service
Amy L. Weishaar .... additional production assistant
John Whitley .... payroll accountant
Meghan K. Wicker .... production office coordinator
Stephanie Wu .... second assistant accountant
Wing Yeong .... location scout
Frank Yoshikane .... location manager: additional photography
Keith Young .... choreographer
Eric Papa .... location scout (uncredited)
Daniel Battsek .... special thanks
Michael Bloomberg .... special thanks: mayor (as Michael R. Bloomberg)
Jeffrey Daniels .... special thanks: Gem Platinum
Michael Falbo .... special thanks
Charles Goodman .... special thanks
Anita Gordon .... in memory of
Luke Janklow .... special thanks
Jonathan Krauss .... special thanks
Carlo Martinelli .... special thanks
Karen Neasi .... special thanks
Katherine Oliver .... special thanks: commissioner (as Katherine L. Oliver)
Keri Putnam .... special thanks
Mark Robertson .... special thanks
Matthew L. Saunders .... special thanks
Diane Sawyer .... special thanks
Rob Speyer .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language
USA:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45846)

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Wally wears a Rolex GMT Master with a "Pepsi" Bezel throughout the film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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...
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Why didn't Kassie just have sex with Wally or Roland or whomever she wanted to have the baby with?
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Tired Insemination Premise Gives Rise to a Surprisingly Sharp Comedy with a Smart Cast, 21 March 2011
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

If the Hollywood studios still made the type of urban comedies they made back in the early 1970's starring George Segal (usually) as a neurotic nebbish, then Jason Bateman's big-screen career would certainly be secure. As he displayed consistently on "Arrested Development", the actor's dry delivery and slyly observant manner are a perfect match for Wally Mars, the comically cynical equities analyst he plays in this sadly overlooked 2010 romantic comedy co-directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon (who much to my surprise, helmed the Will Ferrell figure-skating comedy, "Blades of Glory"). Although he is the true protagonist of the story, the movie was marketed as a Jennifer Aniston vehicle. She plays rising TV producer Kassie Larson, his long-ago girlfriend who has relegated him to the "friend zone" even though he obviously hasn't gotten over her.

Written with verve by Allen Loeb (who also co-wrote Aniston's recent 2011 movie, the Adam Sandler starrer, "Just Go With It"), the story revolves around Kassie's ticking biological clock. In a seven-years-back flashback, she is seen deliberately bypassing Wally as a possible sperm donor in favor of a more predictable candidate, Roland, a struggling associate professor at Columbia, who happens to be married and drop-dead handsome. At an "insemination" party, Wally gets wasted and drops the carelessly placed vial of Roland's semen down the bathroom sink. This leaves Wally no choice but to replace the sample himself. Kassie eventually becomes pregnant and moves back home to Minnesota. Flash forward to the present, and Kassie returns to Manhattan with her six-year-old son Sebastian in tow. The fact that Sebastian acts like a miniature version of Wally gets completely past Kassie but not Wally who slowly realizes that out of his stupor years ago, his son was conceived.

Although this indiscretion would seem like the perfect excuse for Wally to reveal his true feelings for Kassie, complications ensue when she starts a relationship with Roland, now desperately on the rebound from a bitter divorce. At the same time, Wally forms a close bond with Sebastian who naturally gravitates toward him because of their mutual idiosyncrasies. Bateman handles Wally's evolution from self-absorbed fatalist to paternal protector with aplomb and surprising depth. Aniston is better served here than in most of her standard-issue romantic comedies, and the sharp interplay between these two actors, especially in the beginning scenes, is refreshingly rapid-fire like a modern-day "His Girl Friday". With his constantly forlorn expression interrupted by moments of genuine happiness, Thomas Robinson is terrifically understated as Sebastian, and his unforced scenes with Bateman represent the true high points of the film.

A crack supporting cast has been assembled. As Wally's best friend and manager, the sarcastic ladies' man Leonard, Jeff Goldblum takes a predictable role and gives it his special, off-kilter twist. The result is his funniest turn in years, for example, his use of the term "ill-advised" during the moment of revelation is hilariously unexpected. The same can also be said for Juliette Lewis, who plays Kassie's constantly inappropriate best friend Debbie with her spacey delivery intact as she slings clever putdowns at Wally. Even Patrick Wilson, saddled with the no-win role of the golden boy Roland, who has no capacity for honest introspection, is funny in a role that gets diabolically transparent as the proceedings get complicated. The 2011 DVD/Blu-Ray offers a standard set of extras - a fifteen-minute making-of featurette ("The Switch Conceived"); about ten deleted and alternate scenes running for nearly half an hour in total, one a more purposeful variation on the central scene; and a brief blooper reel. Give it a try.

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