Miramax Films | Release Date: August 20, 2010
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MarcDoyleAug 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 isIt'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
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housetalesAug 21, 2010
Movie definitely perks up once young Mr. Robinson shows up...terrific chemistry between him and Jason Bateman. Look for the scene in which son (unbeknownst to him) tells father why he collects picture frames--and why he keeps the originalMovie definitely perks up once young Mr. Robinson shows up...terrific chemistry between him and Jason Bateman. Look for the scene in which son (unbeknownst to him) tells father why he collects picture frames--and why he keeps the original artificial pictures. Expand
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BHBarryAug 20, 2010
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SlickestSep 27, 2010
Like with many movies you have to accept the initial premise. Once you do will find there's a surprisingly touching side to this movie that I never saw coming. Probably Jennifer Aniston's best movie as she is not the lead character. And everyLike with many movies you have to accept the initial premise. Once you do will find there's a surprisingly touching side to this movie that I never saw coming. Probably Jennifer Aniston's best movie as she is not the lead character. And every word by Goldblum is brilliance. Expand
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ShiiraAug 26, 2010
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sebastian is so twee, were he a girl, his name could only be Belle. But Kassie had a son, a boy too sensitive for his own good; the sort of kid who worries about the fate of aquarium-bound creatures, which is to say, he probably took the plight of the imprisoned **** "sea-kittens" in "Finding Nemo" to heart. Sebastian was a test-tube baby. In his most primordial form, he too swam around in an enclosed environment. The aquarium is at a Chinese restaurant, where Wally is reunited with Kassie, his best friend who's back in New York after a seven-year separation. Actually, Kassie already has a best friend(Debbie, played by Juliette Lewis), as does Wally(Leonard, played by Jeff Goldblum), but Wally is like a boy who doesn't know he's supposed to kiss the girl. Now Kassie is home again, but with baggage, so he thinks; baggage in the form of a test tube baby who grew up to be boy with the sort of singular personality that can test one's patience. After Kassie gives Wally the lowdown on her twee son, the oblivious father suspects that his best friend is exaggerating, since the lad he sees at the fish tank appears perfectly normal; an all-American boy, by Wally's estimation, who could have originated from Roland's sperm. But then the happy child steps aside, and that's when we first lay eyes on Sebastian, the animal-rights activist and hypochondriac. To Wally's chagrin, Sebastian would rather eat rice with soy sauce than the duck that the man-child shelled out big bucks for, because thanks to the Internet, the kid knows all about foie gras. It's as if Sebastian has an oversized heart, due to the force-feeding of on-line information which his preternatural compassion for animals stoke. In another film, for instance, Mike White's "Year of the Dog", a funny, but corrosive film that doesn't love its characters, Sebastian's veganism and overall neurotic essence would be roundly ridiculed. "The Switch" doesn't treat Sebastian like a loser. The film handles him with kid gloves, which at times can be detrimental to the inherent drama of Wally's rivalry with Roland for Cassie's affections. Her sperm donor, a nice guy, is too nice, exactly what you'd expect from an assistant professor in feminist studies at Columbia University. Because the man has no notable flaws, some moviegoers may deem Wally's plan to tell Cassie the truth about the sperm as being selfish and narcissistic. At a rock-climbing park, site of Sebastian's birthday party, it's a park employee and not Roland who loses his patience with the boy's unwillingness to have fun. Due to Roland's discipline in academia, emasculating Sebastian with a boorish outburst would belie the sensitivity that Kassie presumes a feminist studies professor comes equipped with. Roland's stability is better than Wally's imbalances. The film never proves, without the shadow of a doubt, that Wally is the better husband for Kassie, the better father for Sebastian. Biding his own time, without any regard toward what's best for mother and child, Wally finally decides it's time to grow up, to step up, and be a man. Thirteen years? That's too late in some women's books. But since "The Switch" is not another dispiriting romantic comedy, it's good by default(Sebastian, played by Thomas Robinson, earns your sympathy), but imagine how much better the film would be if Kassie was the one to intuit the truth about her son, by recognizing the "boy" in the boy. Expand
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Island7Aug 28, 2010
A very fun and charming movie. It far exceeded my expectations. Some romantic comedies make it seem as if the two leads have no chemistry together but Jason Bateman and Jennifer Anniston were wonderful together.
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istanbulJan 10, 2011
This is one of those rare movies where I will have to disagree with the metacritic score. As far as romantic comedies go this is a solid one, jason bateman does a great job, especially in his scenes with the kid, and jennifer aniston'sThis is one of those rare movies where I will have to disagree with the metacritic score. As far as romantic comedies go this is a solid one, jason bateman does a great job, especially in his scenes with the kid, and jennifer aniston's presence in a romantic comedy doesn't hurt as usual, although it also doesn't add much in this particular movie. Special praises to Jeff Goldblum, whose character may seem superficial unless you actually lived in nyc and worked in a firm like the one JBateman's character works. Expand
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filmtrashreviewJun 25, 2011
As horrible as the name is the film is incredibly entertaining. I am shocked to find out that this film was getting horrible reviews. I get it the story line is predictable as they come but it is a completely different take on romanticAs horrible as the name is the film is incredibly entertaining. I am shocked to find out that this film was getting horrible reviews. I get it the story line is predictable as they come but it is a completely different take on romantic comedies of past. Overall this film is a must grab at the redbox but fell short at the box office as it should have. Expand
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Gary_2013Feb 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.
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