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Movie Reviews

Film Review: “The Switch”

(Miramax. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck.) Jennifer Aniston (Kassie), Jason Bateman (Wally), Jeff Goldblum (Leonard), Patrick Wilson (Roland), Juliette Lewis (Debbie), Thomas Robinson (Sebastian). Music by Alex Wurman.

Hey kids, it’s this month’s Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy! Not as bad as The Bounty Hunter, but not as good as…never mind. There are some laughs here if you are willing to forgive/ignore the completely ludicrous premise. Jen’s a 40-year-old single woman who’s lacking a partner and wants to have a baby. Later she has (I’m not kidding) an “insemination party” where, among others, she’s invited the donor (Wilson, just this side of creepy) and her neurotic pal Wally (Bateman, still attractive in spite of playing the nebbish) who’s been carrying a torch for her. Seven years later, Jen’s son (Robinson) exhibits some of Wally’s off-kilter characteristics. Hmm.

The proceedings are helped immensely by the supporting cast. Thank heavens for Jeff Goldblum as Bateman’s office pal; their scenes together actually have some snap. Juliette Lewis has apparently moved, smartly, from quirky leads to quirky best friends. Jen plays her usual character, tossing her hair, indulging in facial tics, and squinting. So the proceedings rest primarily on Mr. Bateman’s shoulders, and he’s up to the task. But even he can’t save this movie from becoming more predictable as it goes along (and what’s with all the close-ups?). Oh yeah, the kid is oddly cute, or cutely odd.