The Switch (12A)

On entering the cinema for a Jennifer Aniston romcom it is “here we go again” fatigue that lingers in the air rather than a palpable sense of expectation.
However, as the opening credits roll to this particular Jennifer Aniston romcom, several factors combine to raise hopes. It is based on a short story by Jeffrey “The Virgin Suicides” Eugenides and the film also contains Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis among its cast, so it can’t be all bad, right?
JenAn films are more or less interchangeable, they have only two variables, a) the leading man and b) the obstacle that prevents Jen getting her guy until the closing scenes. In The Switch, the first variable comes in the form of Jason Bateman who plays Wally (yes, Wally), Jen’s neurotic but loveable best friend. It’s by no means a spoiler to say that from Act 1, Scene 1 it’s crashingly obvious that these two will end up together. The problem they must overcome is that they’re too far into “the friend zone” and Jen is getting on a bit, her biological clock is more like a biological time bomb, she needs sperm, and fast. Queue a hilarious chain of events that result in the sperm of her chosen donor being switched with Wally’s. Eww.
Skip ahead seven years and lo and behold the kid bears a freakish resemblance to his hypochondriac father. The kid incidentally is the best thing in the film, a child star is born in Thomas Robinson. He’s undeniably cute without being sugary, and he gets the best lines in the movie.
Goldblum and Lewis are on hand as the amusing sidekicks commenting from the sidelines and the lead couple are likeable enough, though Aniston looks kind of tired as she goes through the motions. Still, this is by no means a bad film, there are a few laughs and it isn’t badly executed despite the distinct sense of déjà vu.
Anna Lord

In it
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Thomas Robinson, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis

Behind it
Josh Gordon, Will Speck


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