The Switch (2010)

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Terence Gavish

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  • D. Barbour 3 years ago
    153 of 172 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    So Much Better Than I Ever Expected, February 18, 2011
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    This review is from: The Switch (DVD)
    Every so often there comes along a movie that most mainstream critics just don’t like and I do. The Switch is one of those movies. Far nicer and sweeter than I expected, you may not LOVE this movie, but if it doesn’t make you smile, there is something wrong with you.

    Jennifer Aniston plays Kassie, a woman who is tired of waiting on a seemingly non-existent Mr. Right to start a family. She decides to find a donor who is tall and has a good sense of humor (traits not possessed by her best friend, the neurotic Wally (Jason Bateman)) and hold a very special gathering for friends and family. At this “insemination party”, a very drunk Wally decides to ‘switch’ her donor’s ingredient for his own, thus secretly hijacking her pregnancy. Fast-forward seven years and we meet Sebastian, Kassie’s child, who is becoming more and more like his real father Wally by the day.

    There is an underlying sad tension building all throughout the movie as we wait for the moment when Wally will put two and two together and remember what he did that fateful night, and then when he must reveal this dirty secret to Kassie. My guess is this is why some critics didn’t like it. If you go into it with a better perspective though, it is more about how Wally decides he is ready to commit to this young child as a father, and how he is a better person for it, regardless of how everything ends up. A couple of scenes are downright touching, and the ending, while somewhat rushed and flawed, didn’t ruin the story. I was not expecting much and in return got a whole lot.

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  • R. Decalo "reader" 3 years ago
    49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Warm surprise, March 19, 2011
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    R. Decalo “reader” (USA) –
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    This review is from: The Switch (DVD)
    I’m a rom-com junkie who’s mighty frustrated with the genre–how can most of these films be sub-par? doesn’t that go against the rules of statistics?–and yet I must say I was pleasantly surprised by The Switch. It’s a cut above the norm, mostly because of the relationship between father and son, which is warmly, sweetly, comedically and endearingly acted.

    This film is Hollywood; despite a strange lull after the “switch” which suggests the pacing might go indie, it returns to Hollywood momentum. Which is fine, but the editing is slightly off there. That said, the charm and comedy of the father and son really do make this movie. I’m not into the standard manipulation of cute faces and piping voices for ratings, but these two are really sweet magic together.

    Bateman’s acting is touchingly understated when he’s with the kid; the child (Thomas Robinson) is earnest and adorable and is so natural in his connection with his father. Aniston picks up credibility in a few of the intimate moments she has with Bateman–you feel her looking at him and being moved and wanting/wondering–but overall this really is a Bateman/Robinson movie.

    I don’t dislike Aniston in general, but I absolutely didn’t “feel” her the way I did the other two. The movie has the usual Hollywood stock characters for best friends; Jeff Goldblum is amusing in a slightly quieter way than usual. But it’s Bateman and Robinson, as a duo and separately, that make the movie a four star in its genre–and that make you long for the Bateman/Aniston characters to live happily ever after.

    I rented it thinking it would be bad fluff. I watched it half-over again later that night, just to laugh and love a bit more with the father/son duo, and now I’m going to buy it for real. This isn’t going to be the best romantic comedy you’ll have ever watched (I hope), but it’s not at all a bad way to spend a couple hours. 🙂

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  • dkmedicine "dkmedicine" 3 years ago
    34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a MUST HAVE sequel to his first HBO special “One Night Stand” !!!!, June 25, 2007
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    God, is this guy funny! I have been waiting for this DVD since I first saw it on HBO and I wanted to be the first to write in to let everyone know that they will not be disappointed! Lots more great bits as funny as his first DVD show, Louis C.K.: One Night Stand. Like the first, he is raunchy, hilarious, brilliant, and he has become commonly quoted among my friends and myself. You will NOT be dissapointed with this purchase–it can be watched over and over again and you still laugh every time!

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  • A Super Cool Amazon Reviewer Bro 3 years ago
    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely hilarious, July 20, 2007
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    I was watching a clip of this earlier while drinking a soda. What a mistake. I literally spat up my soda and choked with laughter. This man is a menace and should be locked up! Seriously, very inventive material, pitch perfect delivery, and a real gift for threading themes throughout long sequences make Louis CK a sure bet. I can’t imagine anyone regretting this purchase.

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