For the bulk of Jennifer Aniston’s career, her movie roles have fallen into the comedy genre. She has appeared opposite many comedy heavyweights to include Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, showing the boys she can be just as funny if not, at times, even funnier. One of her comedies, The Switch, can now be seen for free over at IMDB TV, and it is another movie where she showed she could hold her own with co-star Jason Bateman.
The Switch (which originally held the title of The Baster) tells the story of Kassie Larson (Jennifer Aniston), an over 30-year-old who has yet to find love in her life. But that clock is ticking, and she decides that she wants to have a baby. Wally Mars (Bateman) is her long-time best friend and despite being against the idea, he offers to be the sperm donor. Kassie feels he is too neurotic and self-absorbed to be a father, so she declines. Instead, she chooses Roland Nilson (Patrick Wilson). He has everything Kassie is looking for in a dad.
During their “insemination party”, Wally meets Roland and immediately dislikes him. When Roland leaves his sperm in a sample cup in the bathroom, a drunk Wally plays with the cup, accidentally spilling it into the sink. In a panic, he decides to replace Roland’s sperm with his own. The next day, a hungover Wally has no recollection of what happened.
The insemination is a success and Kassie finds herself pregnant and happy. But she also decides that New York is not a place to raise her child so she decides to move back to her hometown in Minnesota.
The movie jumps seven years and we now find Jennifer Aniston’s character moving back to New York so she can reconnect with Wally and introduce him to her son Sebastian. When Wally meets him, he immediately bonds with the neurotic six-year-old. The similarities are quite noticeable to Wally, who begins to remember and realize the switch that happened seven years prior.
Kassie is also back in town to reconnect with Roland, who is now divorced and who she thinks is the biological father. Kassie and Roland begin to get closer and just before Roland proposes to her, Wally confesses to her of the switch. He also tells Kassie he has always loved her. This news does not sit well with Kassie and she leaves Wally again. Does true love prevail? The movie also stars Thomas Robinson as Sebastian, Jeff Goldblum, and Juliette Lewis.
Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have been real-life friends for a long time. The two met while Bateman was on the TV series Simon, became fast friends, and have remained such ever since. Their relationship has brought them to the same set on five occasions, including The Switch. The pair have also starred in 2006’s The Break-Up, the 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses and its sequel Horrible Bosses 2, and the 2016 comedy Office Christmas Party.
Of their five movies, The Switch ranks second in terms of critical reception, behind Horrible Bosses. Most critics liked the individual performances from Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman in The Switch, but feel the story was a bit too formulaic. Running the film through our handy dandy Giant Freakin Movie algorithm, it sits with a fairly respectable 5.65/10 score.
The Switch was based on a short story titled Baster by Jeffrey Eugenides that was originally published in The New Yorker. It was directed by the duo of Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who were given a $19 million budget. The film enjoyed moderate success at the box office, opening to over $8 million its first weekend and ending with a total haul of nearly $50 million.
Jennifer Aniston has seen many a romantic comedy throughout her career. Of course, most know her as Rachel Green on the long-running, highly popular Friends sit-com, but over the years since the series ended, Aniston has continued to build on her popularity with movies such as Along Came Polly, She’s the One, Rumor Has It…, We’re the Millers, Just Go With It, and Murder Mystery. The last two she starred with Adam Sandler and the pair will soon be working on a sequel to the Netflix hit Murder Mystery.
Jennifer Aniston recently returned to TV with the highly acclaimed Apple TV series The Morning Show and she will next be seen in the feature Hail Mary.
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