Way more enjoyable than I was expecting! (by lozbey)
I went to see the sneak preview of this movie last night, walking in with low expectations. I'm not a huge fan of Jennifer Anniston, and the concept sounded a bit low brow...so I went in pretty cynical. I was pleasantly surprised! It not only "didn't suck" but was actually pretty great. I thought the subject could have easily made this very cringe worthy and hard to believe - and yet it was handled in such a way that it didn't seem THAT far-fetched as Hollywood movies go and the characters remained believable and even sympathetic at times.I LOVED Jason Bateman's <more>
character. He is negative, neurotic, funny and cute all at the same time. Aniston played her role very classy, and did not try to be cutesy or overly dramatic.I rarely believe cute little kids in movies, yet the show stealer for me was Sebastian, the son. This kid is going to be a super star one day if he keeps it up! He is just the right amount of adorable/quirky while never overdoing it. His big brown eyes well up with tears in just the right way choked me up a couple of times , and yet could deliver 'quirk' with complete deadpan expression. Brilliant! All in all, I laughed, teared up, and managed to enjoy every minute of the experience. Is it Citizen Kane? No. But it's darn good entertainment.
The Switch delivered exactly what it looked like it would.. and more! (by thisninjanerd)
Given that this movie was in the romantic comedies section, it delivered exactly that. It tells a plausible story and adds a flair of dramatics and comedy. If you're looking for a movie that will make you laugh, tear up, and be heartfelt, this is your type of story. The movie isn't exactly about boy chases girl, but more about missed opportunities and taking chances. This is one of Aniston's and Bateman's better recent movies not the best in comparison to Bounty Hunter and Extract. The acting was fantastic. Bateman shines as well as the son in the movie. Aniston, as previous <more>
commenters have said, acted classy and not at all cutesy or over dramatic. I highly recommend this movie if you're looking for a heartfelt romcom. I saw this with my aunt and sister, and they both loved it we're picky movie watchers too .
Without a doubt, a smart and intelligent film (by aharmas)
Maybe it was for a good reason that this film came out at this moment. It is like drinking a cold glass of water in the middle of the desert, a welcome relief to blazing heat and fear of impending suffocation. The best thing is that it is enjoyable, smart, and quite human. It appeals to the discerning members of the audience who don't want to act like a total moron and laugh at silly, physical jokes, or anything that has to do with bodily functions. This one has its basis on the "curves" that life throws at us, and how we sometimes manage to handle them.Originating from what <more>
could have been a tired idea, the fertile imagination of its screenwriters takes it to a much higher level, a story of a trio of people, affected by the way society conditions us to lose faith in the possibility of a solid and rewarding relationship. Wally and his neurosis prevent him from bonding to a steady partner, and his best friend somehow can't see beyond their strong bond. Eventually decisions are made, and through a series of unforeseen events, Sebastian is conceived, born, and out of the picture for a few years.Before we know it, the three are reunited again, and an unspoken but strong relationship develops between Wally and Sebastian, and soon everything becomes more difficult for all the parties involved because there is plenty of talk about growing up, taking chances, and responsibilities, as well about honesty. If only people could really move forward that quickly, we wouldn't have this type of stories: the ones where a struggle is funny, where quick glances are meaningful, where hugs go beyond just a footnote on a script.What is most amazing about this film is how it is fully loaded with interesting observations about each step in Wally's life and how he grows and faces his problems. He has unbelievable chemistry with Sebastian, a precocious and fantastic performer named Thomas Robinson. It is very possible this couple gets a well deserved nomination, just like Hoffman and his young co-performer did in "Kramer Vs. Kramer" and it would only be fair because Robinson has a much more difficult role here.Everyone in the film is very good and very funny. Special mention should go to Juliette Lewis, who surely knows how to hit her marks, and Goldblum is fantastic as Wally's dry friend. Expect to be satisfied and happy that once in a while Hollywood goes beyond and gives us a great turn, a very good story, and an excellent performance, such as the great job done by Jason Bateman, a man who has somehow eluded the radar, but now makes an indelible mark.Best money spent this year!
I absolutely loved this movie. For those of you who compared it to The Back-Up Plan, you are wrong. The Back-Up Plan was an incredibly boring movie. But I believe this movie has substance. It is both entertaining and contains meaning.Their "situation" brought two people together who otherwise would have never given it much thought. Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston have chemistry. And it doesn't hurt that Bateman is cute as a button! I mean, who could refuse that smile? Hello! : Wally Bateman and his son look and act just alike that it's adorable. Also, Juliette Lewis <more>
is cute and funny, as usual. But I really look forward to seeing Bateman in more movies. As an actor, he is completely underestimated.
Jennifer Aniston's best acting work in a movie where she was a high profile actor. (by bbaldar)
I hate to say it, I really do. And to be honest, I hope that Jennifer Aniston doesn't hate me for saying it, but this has to be, without question, the best piece of acting Jennifer Aniston has ever done "in a movie." The Switch, I would have to say is rated second-all-time among movies that are identifiable by a viewing audience as having Jennifer Aniston in them. 'Rumor Has It' was her top movie, according to me. There was a shift for her person in films. She came out as this violent, I can take care of myself person, and I'm not afraid to walk all over good people <more>
to get what I want. If you ask me, it was about time! It's obvious that she wasn't fooling anyone in any of her other films playing some jilted lover that was getting a raw deal, whose not a whore, she's just unlucky. No! In like every other film, except Leprechaun I think, her fourth best movie, she's definitely a whore! It's her whiny nature that makes you think, "maybe she's not a whore, just bad things happen to her, and she's unlucky." No! She's a whore. Not only that, she's the worst kind of whore, she's the kind of whore that wants you to feel sorry for her! The Switch was almost better than all of those movies, but ultimately it failed to completely free her from the bonds of this obvious typecast. I hate to say it, but if the Oscar people are ever going to give Jennifer an Oscar for Best Leading Actress, then this would be the time, she has peaked. Unfortunately, she is not going to get better, and even though she may not deserve to win an Oscar, like so many other winners, I think she has officially put in the time, and I am officially rooting for her, because I am usually officially disgusted with the results. At least with picking her, I can draw from over twenty years of viewing entertainment, and say yes, what the hell, someone has to win an acting award every year, might as well be Jennifer Aniston!
It's not you typical rom com. I'm a fan of Jason Bateman from his young TV days, teen wolf 2 right through Juno to Arrested Development. He excelled in his role as Wally and I love the chemistry he had with Sebastian. I think the boy kinda knew that he was in some way related to Wally subconsciously when he tells him to take him home! He had that look in his eyes like you know what you have to do when he led him into gatecrashing the party with Roland and his family. I love seeing the dynamics between the boy and his father/father figure especially after when Sebastian threw a tantrum <more>
at his birthday wall climbing party after which he ran to him mother Kassie then took Wally's hands to ask for comfort. This film reminded me of how much I loved watching Jersey Girl and About a Boy . Highly recommended as Jason Bateman's dry humour suits his character. I have bought the Blu-ray DVD version so i can watch the deleted scenes, bloopers etc. I would have loved to have had a scene when they tell Sebastian that Wally is is father, though I think that the boy kinda already had a feeling about this. I read the original short story The Baster on the web, which this film is based on and I much prefer the film version.
A romantic comedy with maturity to its humour and romance (by napierslogs)
"The Switch" is like a romantic comedy, except better because it gives you everything you want: romance and comedy with a story and characters. They buck the trend to make the romantic elements absurd and instead shower us with comedy and very little sap.Jennifer Aniston is just a cute girl that the audience can accept as a character, but Jason Bateman is everything you want in a leading man. Very good looking but not in a typical way, plays up neurotic with aplomb, and is hilarious all the way through. We easily fall in love with him from beginning to end."The Switch" <more>
actually gives us a story, one where our hero has to evolve and mature as he realizes and understands the value that Aniston and her son bring to his life. Again, Jason Bateman is the kind of man that we have been waiting for in romantic comedies, because he actually has the talent to portray all of that, and do it with comedy. A romantic comedy that is cute, funny, romantic, mature and where you actually welcome the story line - what more could you ask for?
To those of you who disliked this movie or "thought it sucked" - as do you...it was a typical romantic comedy..they're meant to be cheesy...i laughed, i cried...honestly i have to say i liked it a lot...almost a love..have an open mind people..you can only do the same movie so many times before people get sick of it...this was NOT one of those same ol' romantic comedies...jen aniston was perfect as was bateman...gotta love the kid hes too cute for words...all of them were perfect for the role they played, the boy especially..thomas robinson may be one of the cutest and most <more>
well spoken child actors i have ever seen in a movie or on TV in my life...
Tired Insemination Premise Gives Rise to a Surprisingly Sharp Comedy with a Smart Cast (by EUyeshima)
If the Hollywood studios still made the type of urban comedies they made back in the early 1970's starring George Segal usually as a neurotic nebbish, then Jason Bateman's big-screen career would certainly be secure. As he displayed consistently on "Arrested Development", the actor's dry delivery and slyly observant manner are a perfect match for Wally Mars, the comically cynical equities analyst he plays in this sadly overlooked 2010 romantic comedy co-directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon who much to my surprise, helmed the Will Ferrell figure-skating comedy, <more>
"Blades of Glory" . Although he is the true protagonist of the story, the movie was marketed as a Jennifer Aniston vehicle. She plays rising TV producer Kassie Larson, his long-ago girlfriend who has relegated him to the "friend zone" even though he obviously hasn't gotten over her.Written with verve by Allen Loeb who also co-wrote Aniston's recent 2011 movie, the Adam Sandler starrer, "Just Go With It" , the story revolves around Kassie's ticking biological clock. In a seven-years-back flashback, she is seen deliberately bypassing Wally as a possible sperm donor in favor of a more predictable candidate, Roland, a struggling associate professor at Columbia, who happens to be married and drop-dead handsome. At an "insemination" party, Wally gets wasted and drops the carelessly placed vial of Roland's semen down the bathroom sink. This leaves Wally no choice but to replace the sample himself. Kassie eventually becomes pregnant and moves back home to Minnesota. Flash forward to the present, and Kassie returns to Manhattan with her six-year-old son Sebastian in tow. The fact that Sebastian acts like a miniature version of Wally gets completely past Kassie but not Wally who slowly realizes that out of his stupor years ago, his son was conceived.Although this indiscretion would seem like the perfect excuse for Wally to reveal his true feelings for Kassie, complications ensue when she starts a relationship with Roland, now desperately on the rebound from a bitter divorce. At the same time, Wally forms a close bond with Sebastian who naturally gravitates toward him because of their mutual idiosyncrasies. Bateman handles Wally's evolution from self-absorbed fatalist to paternal protector with aplomb and surprising depth. Aniston is better served here than in most of her standard-issue romantic comedies, and the sharp interplay between these two actors, especially in the beginning scenes, is refreshingly rapid-fire like a modern-day "His Girl Friday". With his constantly forlorn expression interrupted by moments of genuine happiness, Thomas Robinson is terrifically understated as Sebastian, and his unforced scenes with Bateman represent the true high points of the film.A crack supporting cast has been assembled. As Wally's best friend and manager, the sarcastic ladies' man Leonard, Jeff Goldblum takes a predictable role and gives it his special, off-kilter twist. The result is his funniest turn in years, for example, his use of the term "ill-advised" during the moment of revelation is hilariously unexpected. The same can also be said for Juliette Lewis, who plays Kassie's constantly inappropriate best friend Debbie with her spacey delivery intact as she slings clever putdowns at Wally. Even Patrick Wilson, saddled with the no-win role of the golden boy Roland, who has no capacity for honest introspection, is funny in a role that gets diabolically transparent as the proceedings get complicated. The 2011 DVD/Blu-Ray offers a standard set of extras - a fifteen-minute making-of featurette "The Switch Conceived" ; about ten deleted and alternate scenes running for nearly half an hour in total, one a more purposeful variation on the central scene; and a brief blooper reel. Give it a try.