Artificial insemination and single mothers seem to dominate the Hollwood romcoms these days. After The Back-Up Plan, where Jennifer Lopez opts for alternative pregnancy, its Jennifer Aniston’s turn in The Switch. As an independent woman in her forties, Kassie (Aniston) realizes that it is no longer possible for her to wait for prince charming to come along. She finds a sperm donor and impregnates herself with a turkey baster in her crazy ‘I’m getting pregnant party’ against her neurotic friend Wally’s (Jason Bateman) approval. Fast forward seven years later, Aniston reunites with Bateman after moving away. Bateman, in love with her for over a decade now, is still unable to confess his love for her. Meanwhile, Aniston’s son (Thoman Robinson) starts bonding with Bateman. In a bizarre twist of events, Aniston is confronted with the sordid truth – Bateman in his drunken debauchery “switched” his own sperm for that of the athletic charismatic donor (Patrick Wilson) and the revelation is made exactly when Wilson has reentered Aniston’s life.
How do two blue-eyed adults parent a brown eyed kid? A genetic impossibility made possible only in films. Bloopers aside, there is absolutely no chemistry between Aniston and Bateman. Nevertheless, Aniston still comes off as her magnetic self playing the same character since her Friends days and audiences will once again lap up her performance. A few good witty one-liners come from Jeff Goldbum in a supporting role. Aniston’s onscreen son, Sebastian, a cute, stubborn, highly opinionated child who prefers having his birthday in an animal shelter, does a terrific performance.
Our verdict? If you’re a romcom person, go for The Switch.