One memory I have had ever since I was young was watching movies with my mom in the summer. Even though I watch TV like my dad, I watch movies like my mom. One day, my mom looked at me and told me she wanted to watch a Rom Com so I went to our handy dandy friend Netflix. Netflix gave me a list and we picked The Switch. So welcome to the outcome. A review, which is spoiler free, is presented to you and I hope you enjoy.
Title: The Switch
Directed By: Will Speck and Josh Gordon
Distributed By: Miramax Films
Released: August 10, 2010
Run Time: 101 Minutes
Neurotic Wally Mars has one bright spot in his life: his friendship with Kassie. When Kassie announces her intention to become pregnant using a sperm donor, Wally thinks he will be the lucky guy, but Kassie has someone else in mind. While drunk at Kassie’s insemination party, Wally substitutes his sperm for the donor’s, then passes out, remembering nothing. Seven years later, Wally meets Kassie’s son, who seems oddly familiar to him.
- Jennifer Aniston as Kassie Larson
- Jason Bateman as Wally Mars
- Thomas Robinson as Sebastian Larson
- Bryce Robinson as older Sebastian
- Patrick Wilson as Roland Nilson
- Juliette Lewis as Debbie Epstein
- Jeff Goldblum as Leonard
- Caroline Dhavernas as Pauline
- Scott Elrod as Declan
- Diane Sawyer as herself
Wally has himself a great life. He has a great job, great friends, and a great best friend. Naturally, when his best friend Kassie begins talking about having a baby, Wally believes that he is going to be the lucky guy. But nope. Kassie has other plans to make a baby with someone else. Kassie being Kassie, she throws a party the day that she begins the trial to have a kid. But when Wally finds himself upset, jealous, and drunk, he doesn’t quite remember anything, other than Diane Sawyer. 7 years later and Wally might be finally regaining memory from that night.
I can’t help but love Wally. Wally had to be my favorite character from the whole movie. He was hilarious. When it came to things he cared about, he wasn’t afraid to show it. Wally was just Wally. Even though he was a grown man through the whole movie, you really see him grow up in the 7 years. He loses his best friend for 7 years. You see him when Kassie comes back with her son. You see him at his weakest and his best. Anyway, all the characters don’t necessarily grow but Wally and Sebastian do. Plus, there was this special relationship that they form when the 7 years are up that you can’t help but love.
My big problem, my one problem, was the fact that it was so nonrealistic. BUT it made a totally original movie. With not mentioning the nonrealistic part of the movie, there really isn’t any movie out there that is like this one. I really enjoyed that about it. But the relationships, some of the events, the emotion was all real. It was just when it got to the part of the situation or ‘the switch’ in this case, it was so nonrealistic that it had to bug me a little. It was hilarious though.
If you are planning on laughing a whole lot in this movie and you are a lot like me, you might not be getting that. That was one of the biggest let downs from the whole movie. I was expecting there to be so many laughs but I only got a few. The whole switch is hilarious and there are things that happen after the 7-year time jump that funny but I just didn’t get it. I got the romance part, which did melt my heart a lot but the comedy part of the movie flat lined.
The movie did seem to be written and directed well. There were times that I wish that there was a scene at a different time or they would have just taken out the scene in general but I really enjoyed it. The movie was written well if you ignore the fact that it really didn’t have that much humor. The events that lead up to the end were great and it really made you question and think about a lot. One thing I did really wish that would have happened was that as soon as Wally blacked out and did what he did, the screen would have blacked out as well. I wish that we didn’t know the whole big event that happened in the movie until the fact that Wally did. If that made any sense to you, congrats. You are getting a virtual hug right now.
The cast of this movie was one of my issues with this movie as well. I’m not a big fan of Jennifer Aniston and this movie sort of proved it. Her acting skills to me really weren’t there and she just seemed bored with the whole thing. I do enjoy watching Jason Bateman in other films, he also seemed really tired through the movie and it wasn’t supposed to be in Wally’s character. Though the acting wasn’t great, the cast did seem like a big family that you wanted to be a part of.
Overall, I would have to give this movie a 3 out of 5. There were times I laughed, cried, and wanted to throw something at the screen. It was a good watch so if you are a Rom Com person, you should totally check it out. I just don’t think that I will be watching it again. I don’t regret watching the movie though! 🙂
Have you watched this movie? Did you enjoy it? What was your favorite part? Do you know someone who would do something like this? What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!