Based on the 1996 short story titled “Baster” by Jeffrey Eugenides, is the charming romantic comedy The Switch. Television producer Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston) is almost 40 years old and wants to have a baby. She tells her neurotic best friend Wally Mars (Jason Bateman) who is a Wall Street investor that she is going to hire somebody to be a sperm donor. (Haven’t we seen this before?) Kassie hires Roland (Patrick Wilson) to be the donor and then throws an insemination party and invites all of her friends and acquaintances. (I never saw that before.) Wally who has been in love with Kassie for years – but is to afraid to tell her – is drunk and goes to the bathroom and accidentally spills Roland’s sample and then replaces it with his own. After Kassie becomes pregnant she goes back to her home state of Minnesota only to return back to New York years later with a seven year old boy named Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) who is neurotic and pessimistic like Wally. After meeting Sebastian, Wally remembers what he did in the bathroom seven years ago and tells his Wall Street friend Leonard (Jeff Goldbloom) who tells him to tell Kassie. Of course we know he isn’t going to do that or it would be the end of the movie and in the meantime Kassie begins dating Roland. My first and really only complaint – and it’s a big one – is how can anyone make a substitution like he did in the bathroom and not remember it for 7 years. This film begins nicely and cruises to the halfway point where it kicks into high gear for the last half and it’s just fantastic. The chemistry between Jason Bateman and the little boy Thomas Robinson is great and every scene they are in together is heartwarming. Also Jeff Goldbloom is the gem in this movie and every time he is on screen he steals the scene. (Of course that is much better than what Wally steals in the bathroom.) This isn’t a hilarious crude slapstick comedy but it’s a humorous, cute, sensitive story. It’s one of those films that will have its following for a short while and since I’m one of those people, I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.