The Switch

Still single and worried about her biological clock, Kassie decides to pursue motherhood with the help of an anonymous sperm donor. But it turns out that the donor isn't quite as anonymous as she thinks.
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NYT Review
A scatterbrained romantic comedy stars Jennifer Aniston as a single mother whose young son is not the child of the man she selected as a sperm donor. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 51%
Critics' score: 51   Audience score: 44   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of The Switch. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

The comedy itself suffers from awkward scheduling. Though this isn't its only wrinkle. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

It's not a bad film, really, just sort of average. But Bateman is so good in it -- natural, funny, yet full of real emotion -- that you immediately want to see him again in a better film. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

Aside from the fact that it's all too entirely predictable, The Switch is a pleasant enough end-of-the-summer time killer. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

This New York-based comedy directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck distinguishes itself with three-dimensional characters and an engaging storyline. full review

Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader

Likable cast wasted in a dopey comedy. But hey, at least it has the first head-lice-removal instructional montage in romcom history. full review

Richard Roeper, Richard

A warm, quirkily observant film, strengthened by some appealing performances and a low-key, easygoing vibe. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Tries to be more than a sitcom but keeps falling back on cheap laughs. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

It's Judd Apatow lite, Farrelly brothers special blend. Just call it When Harry Met Sally and Her Ovum. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

The truly dusty cliche it drags out again is the cute couple who don't, you know, think-of-each-other-like-that. Until, of course, they do. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Another in a recent line of romcoms eager to get us laughing all the way to the sperm bank, and then to the infant dividends beyond. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze an unpredictable path. No such luck. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

At its heart, it's really not that different from a regular romantic comedy. Well, except that it's funny. full review

Eric D. Snider,

The sadness comes from the audience's sense that inside this slick, conventional romantic comedy there's a tender, scruffy little movie struggling to get out. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

Taken on its own terms, it's a light, sweet, curiously enjoyable misfit romance, whose real star is not Aniston but her magnificently awkward Lothario, Jason Bateman. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

Aniston and Bateman each bring a rare Bordeaux, and the writers bring Spam on white bread. You can skip the picnic or show up and have a glass of wine. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Didn't Jennifer Lopez play essentially the same role this year in The Back-Up Plan? Only in the movies are glamorous, 40ish single women leaping into single parenthood via sperm donation. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

More his journey than hers, more satire than slapstick, the film is that rare example of rom-com about men, which turns out to be a nice switch indeed. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Thanks to Bateman's truly winning performance as a bit of a loser, "The Switch" manages to earn our laughter and our respect in equal measure. full review

James Rocchi, MSN Movies

Aniston and Bateman find a funny chemistry together, and the film's bemusing setup unfolds with wit and charm. As 6-year-old Sebastian, Thomas Robinson steals every scene he's in. full review

Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Available From: Jan 17, 2013
  • Queued by: 2363 people
Directed By
Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Thomas Robinson, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Scott Elrod, Todd Louiso, Caroline Dhavernas, Kelli Barrett