The second movie of 2010 to focus on artificial insemination, The Switch is thankfully much better than the useless Jennifer Lopez film The Back-Up Plan. Starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, The Switch still suggests the topic isn't prime for comedy.
In The Switch, Jason Bateman plays neurotic Wally Mars, who after getting extremely drunk at his best friend's party accidentally sabotages her artificial pregnancy. Several years later, he reunites with Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) and realizes that her boy is also his.
Oh, and that he's in love with Kassie, of course.
The Switch is your standard romantic comedy, the same formula with a mildly unique flavor. Unlike The Back-Up Plan, which was utterly terrible from start to finish, The Switch is a painless, hard-to-hate comedy.
It just isn't anything special.
Bateman is amusing as Wally, but he's been funnier elsewhere. Aniston plays the same part she's played for years in yet another movie that is neither horribly bad nor breakout good. Both have been better elsewhere, and it's also hard to imagine their two characters having any romantic chemistry whatsoever.
The movie is entertaining enough to be harmless, but not funny enough to be memorable. If you were asked to list 20 movies that were released in 2010, would this one even register? No, because it's that unremarkable.
If you're a fan of Aniston or Bateman, The Switch may be worth seeing, but there are bigger and better comedies out there. Switch to something else.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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