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Switch, The (2010)
Friday, August 20, 2010
For mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis, Thomas Robinson
Will Speck, Josh Gordon
Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her neurotic best friend Wally's objections, decides it's time to have a baby, even if it means doing it by herself...
Switch, The (2010) | Review
Swimming Against The Tide
Jason Bateman co-stars as Wally, the loveable "friend zone" guy who has adored Aniston's Kassie from afar, but never been willing to get involved. (It's complicated.) One night, as Kassie prepares to use the sperm sample of Patrick Wilson's Roland, a trite, pretty-boy tough guy, the stoned Wally loses the sample and substitutes it with his own. Seven years later, after a long hiatus, Kassie re-enters Wally's life, with the seven-year-old Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) in tow. Of course, it goes without saying that Sebastian is every bit the eccentric, slightly paranoid kid that Wally was and still is, and he's actually Wally's son (duh).
The Switch made me laugh out loud, and it reminded me of a slightly less zany Just Friends (Ryan Reynolds). Bateman is Bateman, and his battle for Kassie's attention, and for real fatherhood, is pretty spot-on. Some viewers will be able to recollect a time when they were the "outsider" kid that Sebastian is; others will reflect on a time when they watched someone they loved go for the wrong person. Those are serious enough, but then there's the whole bit about Sebastian's love for picture frames, and especially the store-provided filler pictures, as he "invents" his background. That, plus the tug-of-war between the "right" dad and the "wrong" one, make this a thought-provoking challenge into what it means to really be a parent.
Speaking of parenting, it seems clear that the issue of sperm donation is also worth considering, if you don't already have an opinion. Kassie wants a family, or at least a child, so much that she is willing to impregnate herself by someone she doesn't know, but whom she knows that she should want to know better for the wellness of her child. She doesn't (seven years ago) want Wally's sperm because "that would be weird" but she will take a stranger's? And what exactly are we saying about parenthood and family when we're going with a semi-anonymous donor, rather than adopting an orphaned child? Sure, the plot of the movie needs "the switch" but those are interesting questions which came to mind throughout the movie.
Overall, I definitely thought this was worth seeing, and the Blu-ray only adds to what you can see of the whole package (high definition and all). You've got behind-the-scenes stuff, plus the bloopers (always a plus), and an alternate ending that you can weigh as more or less acceptable than the theatrical one.
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