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  • Summary: An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend, who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 75
    This picture belongs to Jason Bateman, who, after years of playing the second or third banana (and plenty of times being the best thing in a given film), finally gets to show off his considerable gifts as the co-lead in a mainstream comedy.
  2. 75
    Aniston's work opposite the screen's premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.
  3. It's funny, clever, touching and real.
  4. The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze an unpredictable path. No such luck.
  5. 50
    Ranks somewhere between the barely watchable "The Back-Up Plan" and the good but wildly overrated "The Kids Are All Right."
  6. 50
    The romantic comedy has never had a star as depressing as Jennifer Aniston. It's not the movies - well, it isn't simply the movies.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    An unfunny, manipulative romance about two unlikable people and their prop of a son, the pic mangles the premise of its source material ("Baster," a 1996 short story by Pulitzer-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides) in ways that ought to baffle viewers of all sociopolitical stripes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Feb 16, 2013
    Normally movies on netflix suck, but not this one. There was one scene that was really touching and happy which almost made me cry. Go See this movie.
  2. Aug 26, 2010
    It's much better than I would have thought based on the 53 Metascore. It's not a slapstick comedy, but there are a ton of laughs. Juliette Lewis and Jeff Goldbum are terrific and much more restrained/deadpan than you'd think. Bateman is awesome, as usual, and Aniston delivers exactly as you'd expect her to. It's not a movie you'd want to ever see more than once, but it's certainly worth seeing once. Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2014
    One of Jen Aniston's heartier flicks of recent years--a modern and interesting subject. Bateman and Aniston are not only a fun pair, but you'll root for them. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2011
    "The Switch" has its fun and joy thanks to the weird chem of Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston....but its all too obvious.
  5. Feb 10, 2013
    Interesting to see only 44% of users liked this? I personally enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. A formulaic rom-com, but the film has some more serious undertones as well. I cared for the characters of The Switch more than those of other films of the genre. I recommend this if you haven't considered it already. Expand
  6. Aug 25, 2010
    This is another trite movie where you feel as if you are once again watching Rachel for the 1000th time. Jason Bateman and Bryce Robinson have some chemistry, but it is not enough to save this movie as you can't help but feel they are doing double duty as they provide any watchability this film has while propping up a cardboard cut out of Jennifer Aniston where the lead actress should be. A DVD rental reserved for the weekend when all the new releases have been snatched up. Expand

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