“The Switch:” Great Cast, Crappy Movie


Genres: Comedy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: August 20th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language.
Distributors: Miramax Films

Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck

JJ Rating: B-

See it again: Maybe…some parts are worth it.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: No one. It’s not worth seeing…

Wally Mars (Jason Bateman) is best friends with Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston). He likes her. She likes him, but not in that way. She wants a baby. He thinks it’s stupid. She gets a guy to give her his seed and has a party on the day she puts it in. Wally accidentally dumps the seed and refills it with his….hence The Switch.

There is nothing wrong with the cast at all. This is another movie that lacks story and sucks because of it, more so than the cast. The cast was perfect, even the child. That child is far better than the one that was in Charlie St. Cloud. Yes that still irks me. I can’t stand when a movie could have been awesome if it were not for one single thing like that child in Charlie St. Cloud. In The Switch it would have been awesome if the script was better. There was great moments, of course, with the bathroom scene with Wally (Jason Bateman) maybe tossing it and maybe not tossing the seed of another man into the sink. Silly, funny and totally childish, it was greatness that could have at least seeped into other parts of the film. There were also the great moments with the child that was Wally’s, and how he had all the same mannerisms, like how he stood or moaned while eating. The film takes itself too seriously for the most part. Not nearly as great as I think this cast could have given.

You have to know what you’re working with. You can have the greatest materials in the world and still end up with a crappy product. You can have the crappiest materials in the world and end up with a great product. I mean people have seen poo-looking films that were filmed with the cruddiest of crappy cameras, and yet the film itself was awesome. Why can’t people work with the great things they are handed? This cast was fantastic. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman had great chemistry. Jeff Goldblum has a weird pausing thing like William Shatner, but it worked for his character. Juliette Lewis is obnoxious and great, because that’s what her character called for. The story just failed more than necessary. It’s so irritating. The Switch should have been with the script. Let me write something for you. LET ME DO IT! God, I couldn’t be as terrible as some things these studios have farted out this year. Oh, and look at the films that are being released this weekend. Why should there ever be a lull in the film industry? WHY? Every weekend should have a great movie. EVERY WEEKEND. Is that too much to ask? Idiots.


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