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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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Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Writers:

Allan Loeb (screenplay), Jeffrey Eugenides (short story "Baster")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Mohler Jeremy Mohler ... Party Guest 2 (as Jeremy J. Mohler)
Will Swenson ... Actor on Stage
Edward James Hyland ... Man in Theater
Caroline Dhavernas ... Pauline
Brian Podnos Brian Podnos ... Waiter
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Baster See more »

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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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Wally wears a Rolex GMT Master with a "Pepsi" Bezel throughout the film. See more »

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The garbage bags that Wally and Sebastian buy to dispose of all the lice-ridden items are a completely different style and color of the garbage bags they bought in the drugstore. 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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Admiration of Comedic Timing in a Fine Cast
19 March 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

THE SWITCH is another story about artificial insemination and the impact it has on the participants. Yes, it has been done many times with varying results, but what makes this version of the story different and worthy of merit and attention is the sparkling screenplay by Allan Loeb adapted from the short story 'Baster' by gifted author Jeffrey Eugenides ('Middlesex', 'The Virgin Suicides', 'My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead', and short stories 'The Speed of Sperm', 'Air Mail', 'Ancient Myths', etc). It is a film that gives us the opportunity to remember the fine comic time of Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, and Juliet Lewis, courtesy of the fine direction by Josh Gordon and Will Speck..

Wally Mars (Jason Bateman) is an oddly neurotic character who has a very difficult time connecting to people, especially in the dating department. His best friend is Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston) a successful woman who abruptly decides her biologic clock is ticking down and decides to have a baby by paying a sperm donor. Wally is shocked, but Kassie's other best friend Debbie (Juliette Lewis, bubbling brilliantly) supports her conviction to take charge of her life and plans a party to celebrate Kassie's incipient 'donation'. Kassie selects a potential donor in Roland (Patrick Wilson) who is a square and married teacher but 'needs the money'. At the party when the 'donation' is to be deposited, Wally gets drunk and accidentally spills Roland's 'contribution', and in drunken desperation replaces it with his own - a secret he doesn't even share with Leonard (Jeff Goldblum) with whom he works and has a strong friendship. The inseminated Kassie moves back home, returning seven years later with her six-year old son Sebastian (Thomas Robinson, a very fine child actor). Kassie courts the now divorced Roland, a blow to Wally who in his 'babysitting' chores grows close to Sebastian who is very much like Wally. How the story ends is predictable but heartwarmingly humorous, especially watching the relationship between Wally and Sebastian develop.

In addition to the strong cast of leading actors there are cameos by Kelli Barrett and especially the significantly impressive Scott Elrod (watch this young actor's career blossom!). Largely due to the smart dialogue delivered by specialists in comedy, this film works well.

Grady Harp


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