I went to see a sneak peak for Jennifer Aniston’s new flick “The Switch.” I was all set for the typical chatty girl talk type of movie about love and relationships, and the difficulties that are being felt by Aniston’s character. It turns out that this movie really isn’t so much about her as it is about Jason Bateman. What an absolutely wonderful surprise! I have been a fan of his since his work on the 80’s television show “The Hogan Family.” He’s been in a few movies recently in minor roles, but this is a great role to bring him back into the spotlight.
The Plot: Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) wants to have a baby. She’s been in and out of bad relationships and decides that it’s time to finally do it. As her BFF, Wally (Jason Bateman) is the first person she shares her decision with. It’s clear from the outset that Wally is in love with her, so you already know how the movie is going to end. Her good friend Debbie (played by the deliciously hilarious Juliette Lewis) convinces Kassie to have a party to celebrate the insemination because it’s “what everyone is doing nowadays.” At the party is Roland, the charming-turns-kinda-creepy donor (Patrick Wilson) who whips up a batch of baby sauce in one room while the guests party it up in the rest of the house. After having not only too much to drink but also a pill from Debbie, Wally is as high as a kite and on a trip to the bathroom, he finds Roland’s contribution to Kassie’s goal. After some funny bits of playing with the stuff, Wally actually ruins the batch and in a last minute decision “creates” a replacement contribution. Once Kassie becomes pregnant, she moves away because New York isn’t her ideal place to raise a child. The movie reunites them back in NY seven years after the incident and Uncle Wally now gets to meet this adorable child, Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) who is just as nutty as he is.
Personally, I found that the majority of the film focused on the relationship between fathers and sons or rather the relationships between father figures and sons. Throughout the film you can see Wally falling in love with this quirky kid, who believes Wally is just an uncle, and the struggle of revealing to his BFF the truth of what happened on the night of her party 7 years ago. The struggle that Wally goes through once he realizes that he’s Sebastian’s father is a fantastic display of heart that reminds me why I have such respect for the actor.
I have to also mention the outstanding performance by Jeff Goldblum as Wally’s coworker, Leonard. I don’t know if it’s just great casting that is playing off of Jeff’s real personality, or if it’s his go-to character quirk, but in this role, he shines.
One of my favorite scenes is when Wally first gets into the bathroom where the “incident” takes place. Having been in that position where you have to hold onto the walls to keep from melting, Wally was perfection, and I could only laugh and laugh remembering exactly what he was feeling like at that moment. Once you see it, you’ll understand.
While the major focus in advertising is being focused on Jen Aniston, Jason Bateman is really what this movie is about. Him and the kid.