The Switch

Rated PG-13 101 minutes 2010

This is one of those impossible-scenario movies trying to play as real life, and it just doesn’t work, even though stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman give it their best shot. The two are highly likable as a couple of best friends who have never taken the big step, and things get further complicated when the Aniston character decides to have a baby and needs a sperm donation. She decides against asking for Bateman’s sperm, and settles for the sperm of Patrick Wilson (who, let’s admit, must have pretty damn impressive sperm). At her impregnation party, a drunken Bateman switches the samples, and you can guess where things go from here. It’s hard watching good actors labor in crap like this, but I have big hopes for Aniston, who has some impressive future projects on her plate, including a jaunt with the awesome Paul Rudd and David Wain in the soon-to-shoot Wanderlust. I found myself wanting to see Bateman and Aniston in something better, and it looks like we might get our chance with Horrible Bosses, in which they both star. This one is mostly tolerable because of its stars. Not awful, but not nearly what they deserve.

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Official Site: www.miramax.com/theswitch

Director: Josh Gordon and Will Speck

Producer: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Nathan Kahane, Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Hahn and Nathan Kahane

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Thomas Robinson, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis, Kelli Barrett, Jason Jones, Scott Elrod, Todd Louiso and Bryce Robinson

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