12A, 102 Minutes, Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Patrick Wilson, Jason Bateman, Juliette Lewis, Jeff Goldblum. Director: Josh Gordon.
Expect something different,
As far as romantic comedy ideas go, this has got to be near the top. In this rom-com television superstars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are long-time 'Friends' living in New York City. Any sign of a relationship however are under 'Arrested Development', but oh is that all about to change?
Aniston’s character wants a baby, and oh is she going to get one. Without a partner though things are looking shall we say a little lifeless, so the search for sperm begins. Through all the millions of 'douches' as Bateman puts it one makes it to the insemination round (and if you thought that was gross they hold a party in this guys honor).
It's at the party though where things get a bit 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' awkward. Bateman obviously tiled heads for the bathroom and discovers a 'sample'. Well being as merry as he is Bateman does everything with this sample except give himself a Cameron Diaz hairstyle. Upon doing the obvious and spilling the contents of the precious jar, Bateman does the only thing any nice guy in his position could think of. If you lose something, you replace it and oh that's what he does, with a little help from Diane Sawyer.
The morning after, seven years and a move to and from Minneapolis later Bateman is reunited with his forgotten night. Bateman comes face to face with a child that could rival the kid from 'Jerry Maguire' in cuteness. Now I would love to tell you more but if I've learned anything from this hilarious comedy it’s to not spill.
What starts out as something so ludicrous and somewhat disturbing becomes one of the most genuinely heart warming things you'll see all year. Bateman and Aniston are on top form once again to the point where it almost feels like a walk in Central Park for them but when the stakes are raised they cry now and laugh later stepping up their acting. There's brilliant support too from always 'Fly' and charismatic Jeff Goldblum and double threat rock star Juliette Lewis. Too many romantic comedies these days try to throw on the drama and sentiment all too much in order to get a response, but with 'The Switch', the emotions feel refreshingly real. Now that's a change we can all live with. TIM DAVID HARVEY.