August 30, 2010 Leave a comment
It is a sad sign that the number of good rom-coms released this year can be counted on one hand – in fact, pretty much one finger – for aside from the fun Heartbreaker, the admittedly more action-orientated Knight and Day, and the flawed if tolerable The Rebound, the docket has been filled with the insultingly simple-minded likes of Leap Year, Valentine’s Day, When in Rome, The Bounty Hunter and The Back-Up Plan. Following in the footsteps of the aforementioned J-Lo starring turkey baster comedy, The Switch tackles the ever-relevant artificial insemination debate, and while peppered with tonal issues, it is at least thoughtful and not as condescending as its platitude-slathered sisters.
Kassie Singleton (Jennifer Aniston) is an independent-minded, single New Yorker who wishes to have a baby. Tired of trying to find Mr. Right, she decides to go it alone via chiselled, charming sperm donor Roland (Patrick Wilson). However, Kassie’s neurotic friend Wally (Jason Bateman), who harbours feelings for her, advises against it, and when she hosts an artificial insemination party, Wally accidentally spills Roland’s sample, and drunkenly replaces it with his own. Seven years later, after Kassie and Wally have fallen out of touch, she returns to New York, and Wally must decide what to do about both the product of his sperm – Kassie’s similarly neurotic six year-old son Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) – and Roland, who is now dating Kassie.