“The Switch”
a review by Darby O’Gill

It might not be the most believable or plausible storyline of the year, but the new Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman movie The Switch just might surprise you. It’s a rom/com that deals with artificial insemination, and a situation that would definitely make Three’s Company proud. In The Switch, Wally (Bateman), a full blown hypochondriac and self saboteur, finds out that his best friend, Kassie (Aniston), wants to have a kid, but also doesn’t want to have to wait any longer for Mr. Right to come along. So, of course she decides to go the artificial insemination route, and her friend Debbie, played by Juliette Lewis, decides to throw her an insemination party where the actual insemination will take place. Who needs a hospital, right? Well, an inebriated Wally manages to lose Kassie’s “sample,” and he ends up replacing it with his own special blend unbeknownst to her. This is kind of where you need to suspend your disbelief a little bit, but the movie is so well written that it doesn’t even really seem to matter. The movie is based on the short story “The Baster” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides, who also penned The Virgin Suicides. The other thing that really helps this movie is Jason Bateman’s performance. It’s not ground breaking by any means, but it is Bateman doing what he does best, and the chemistry between him and Aniston is fantastic! Not to mention the outstanding performance by young actor Thomas Robinson, who plays Kassie’s son Sebastian. At times you forget you’re watching a 6-year-old kid. I really enjoyed this one. I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a big fan of good rom/coms, and I’ve got to tell you we’ve got some really good ones coming out before the end of this year, and The Switch is definitely one of them. Sure it’s predicable and a little unrealistic at times, but it’s got a nice heart to it and plenty of laughs. Jeff Goldblum also gives a great preference as Wally’s boss and good friend. I’m looking forward to seeing this one again, and if you get the chance to see it, I’m sure you’ll find that it’s well worth your movie watching time.