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The Switch (Review)

Capable cast not enough to transcend predictable narrative

By Jason Gargano · August 25th, 2010 · Movies

We're not sure what kind of evidence Jennifer Aniston has on Hollywood's various studio executives, but it must be pretty incriminating given the continued avalanche of generic romantic comedies she's headlined in recent years.

The latest — based on a Jeffrey Eugenides short story and directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, whose Blades of Glory was sporadically hilarious — finds Aniston playing as single career woman seeking a sperm donor for the child she wants before it's too late, only to have her selected juice accidentally and unknowingly swapped out for that of a longtime friend (Jason Bateman) who has the hots for her.

Aniston actually isn't bad here, Bateman is his typically effective self and Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson and Juliette Lewis add much-needed color, none of which is enough to transcend The Switch's predictable use of romantic-comedy narrative conventions and lazy employment of Pop music as a mood signifier. Grade: C


Opens Aug. 20. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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