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But the other half of its DNA belongs to the blandest of romantic comedies, the sort that pair two likeable stars, a thin gimmick, and hope that chemi ..
"The arrival of the adorably miserable tyke in the second half doesnt help much, either.)"
The Switch: Potentially more satisfying than spending a romantic evening with a turkey baster.
"That doesnt change even when Kassie, at 40, decides to be artificially inseminated with Rolands (Wilson) donor sperm."
But The Switch is a pleasant surprise.Its a by the numbers movie, but the dots that get connected feel new.
Theres an interesting story in there somewhere about nature and nurture, and the pros and cons of being clever or merely good looking.
The movies greatest fault is not the fact that the screenplay by Allan Loeb hits every rom com beat with predictable rhythm, but the filmmakers reluct ..
The premise behind The Switch is ludicrous, but its central relationship feels achingly familiar and real; some good performances and snappy jokes are ..
Jason Bateman has no business hijacking The Switch and turning a middling Jennifer Aniston rom com into an exploration of delayed adulthood.But the fo ..
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Its all predictable, bland and harmless fun, but the good performances count for much in making this lightweight piece as pleasant as a daylight strol ..
The Switch is rare among recent romantic comedies in that its built around a resonant love story.Just not the love story youd expect.
Bateman has a self lacerating quality that is as unnerving as it is nervily funny.
It should be made clear that Eugenidess story serves only as a loose template for Loebs script, which whitewashes a great deal of the darker impulses ..
But before that anticlimax, in Batemans articulation of confused anxiety and need, the film (to risk damning with faint praise) comes closer to captur ..
Another in a recent line of romcoms eager to get us laughing all the way to the sperm bank, and then to the infant dividends beyond.
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But the movies flaw is impossible to ignore, turning on the most tired of romantic comedy conventions: Someone knows something, and all that person ha ..
Wally (Jason Bateman) is a Wall Street investment analyst who has been best friends with Kassie (Jennifer Aniston), a TV producer, for many years.They ..
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Despite winning turns by Lewis and an on form Goldblum, the laughs are in short supply.
Ironically, a more faithful adaptation of Eugenidess short story would have made a better traditional vehicle for its A list star.
It results in several moving scenes and allows Jason Batemans acting to rise to unexpected heights.
Instead its a combination of the age old romcom conundrum of two people obviously made for each other being kept apart by preconceived notions and lac ..
Featuring sharp dialogue by screenwriter Allen Loeb (adapted from Jeffrey Eugenidess short story The Baster) rife with acid quips, this New York based ..
It is also fair to say that if you go in expecting a Jennifer Aniston romcom, youll be very disappointed, not least because its primarily Batemans fil ..
All of which results in a feeling that what youre watching is fairly slow and inconsequential, peppered with occasionally decent moments, funny lines ..
Aniston has charm.And the indispensable Bateman is a gift to comedies on life support.
Aside from the fact that its all too entirely predictable, The Switch is a pleasant enough end of the summer time killer.
So its a shame the filmmakers strip away all of the storys edges and drift instead into hamfisted sentimentality.
Shadows On The Wall
A romantic comedy needs at least some romance between its leads.Alan Loeb penned the script from a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, and you can imagi ..
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Since Anistons strength is in being likable rather than sexy, the movie is less romance, in the kissy moony hopelessly devoted sense, than comedy.
Aniston and Bateman find a funny chemistry together, and the films bemusing setup unfolds with wit and charm.
Loosely based on a 1996 short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Switch is a romantic comedy with an interesting and ingenious high concept, initially pu ..
Allan Loeb wrote the script. Josh Gordon and Will Speck directed. What theyve done is concoct something gimmicky and banal.
The Switch might have been funnier, and it doesnt entirely convince in its characterisations, but it achieves its unpretentious objective of being an ..
But watching the actors flesh out the earnestness of their characters is truly enjoyable.
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The funny thing is, that father son relationship makes this at times raunchy comedy a better movie than it would be otherwise.
Real life is rife with them, and the movies are full of them.And then theres Wally Mars, who deserves some sort of lifetime achievement medal for Most ..
Theres not enough RU 486 in the world to make this movie stop existing.
The end.Whats The Deal: Forgive my brusqueness, ye lovers of unconventional romantic comedies, but what the filmmakers behind The Switch are selling y ..
Much of the spark derives from the performances of the two leads, both deft comedians who deserve better.
Susan Grangers review of The Switch (Miramax Films) Although Fox News Bill OReilly gave this artificial insemination comedy controversial publicity, i ..
If you can stomach a maudlin wallow in mid life anxiety then it might just bring a tear to the eye.Aniston plays plucky New Yorker Kassie Larson.
It might not be the first movie about artificial insemination to come out this year, and you can probably guess how its going to end before it even be ..
Compared to something like The Back Up Plan, The Switch is sensitive and restrained in its take on modern motherhood, but on its own its just blandly ..
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I wish it were great, but pretty good puts it ahead of plenty of recent romantic comedies.
Its a shamelessly manipulative ploy bringing in the adorable pint sized ringer off the bench but it turns out to be a welcome one breathing much neede ..
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Its the kind of thing Bateman is good at, a mixture of sincerity and snark which you never quite find obnoxious.But its hard to not to wonder what the ..
Mostly, though, its the equivalent of cinematic leftovers: No amount of wishing will make it as good as a fresh meal.
The truly dusty clich it drags out again is the cute couple who dont, you know, think of each other like that. Until, of course, they do.
There are some cute and funny moments here.Aniston and Bateman are both likable, even if they dont really share any great passionate moments.
Three Movie Buffs
An attractive and talented cast is utterly wasted in this insipid alleged comedy.
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Co helmers Josh Gordon and Will Speck dont just distort the original intention of Eugenidess story, they force it kicking and screaming into a romanti ..
The film is not comedic enough to be considered a comedy, not dramatic enough to be a drama, not romantic enough to be a romance, and not believable e ..
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It reaches for more depth, more poignancy and more meaning than your average rom com.
Thats a serious claim given that each of those hilarious hits landed an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category.
Like being ordered to have long hair and smile on stage, but wondering how to smile with a trombone in your mouth.Or repeatedly told youre not good en ..
The Switch takes a sitcom concept and humanizes it to a lovely degree.
Brian Or Ndorf
Sight gags involving excrement provide the lowbrow humor, but, fortunately, its balance by some tongue in cheek humor and wit.
Nyc Movie Guru
Kassie (Aniston) eventually finds the man shes looking for: a dependable, good looking guy with no commitment issues who is ready to become a father.
Im not sure how pure a reflection of his story The Switch is, but the picture is clearly striving to be more than a late summer gimmick laugher it del ..
A real switch would have been to draw some real characters and let them dictate the story instead of plugging good actors into a tired formula.
Suspension of disbelief is required, just like with any romantic comedy,but compared to recent junk like When in Rome, there is a welcome freshness am ..
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Theres one plot I dislike for being cliche, boring, ridiculous and helping to spur even more tabloid stories about poor Jennifer Aniston (thank you ve ..
Overall, though, a good cast is wasted on a plot that is, dare we say it, ill conceived.
The movie generates little excitement or emotion.It flatlines as both a comedy and a romance.
The Switch is set in that fantasy Manhattan, familiar from Woody Allen movies, in which everyone seems to be a highly compensated white professional a ..
And there still museums with pay what you wish admission, if not every day, then on certain days weekly or monthly.You just have to know who offers wh ..
New York Time Out
Its our treat that this is done.ENDING: Its a little quick and easy, right
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No silly slapstick or stupid circumstances here, just a genuine look at matters of the heart.
A romantic comedy thats both full of romance and laughs, on a scale of zero to four I give The Switch
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Eugenides story requires a more deft comic sensibility, something closer to social satire than slapstick.
The solemn poppet is irresistible, and it would be a hard heart indeed that begrudges his character the happy ending the film dictates.
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Just because a stars personal life makes for engrossing, if deceptive reading, doesnt mean their movies are anywhere nearly as entertaining.
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There are poignant observations about single parenting and the films climax has serious emotional punch.
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But it does create some laughs and a good bit of tenderness, thanks to the chemistry between Jason Bateman and a grave, sweet child actor.
Sorry tabloid readers.At no time in Josh Gordon and Will Specks insemination comedy does Jennifer Womb Watch Aniston growl, Take that, Brad.
Truth be told, it tries a little bit too hard and cant decide whether it wants to be a biting analysis of modern relationships or a sweet tale about a ..
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