Jennifer Aniston’s new rom com, The Switch, claims to be ‘the most unexpected comedy ever conceived’, excuse the pun, but it is actually the second film this year to tackle the subject of artificial insemination.
Although what makes The Switch stand out is that it focuses on the male perspective and considers what main character Wally is going through when he meets his son seven years after he drunkenly switched a donor’s sample with his own.
Like most romantic comedies the plot of the film is predictable, with the two main characters Wally (Jason Bateman) and Kassie (Jenifer Aniston) struggling to overcome their problems, and you guessed it ending happily ever after. However despite this and the film dragging at the beginning, The Switch successfully tackles a sensitive subject in a light hearted manner.
I have to admit there were times when I laughed at loud- during the opening scene when Wally is verbally attacked in the street, when he scares off a potential sperm donor and moments of the I’m getting pregnant party.
While Jennifer Aniston is billed as the lead, it is Bateman’s character Wally that is most identifiable with his neurotic personality and quirky traits which are surprisingly passed down to his loveable son Sebastian.
Aniston fans be warned her portrayal of independent woman Kassie is much to be desired, and is certainly not one for the collection!
Ok so The Switch was easy to watch and provided me with two hours of escapism but given the choice I probably wouldn’t watch it again.
The Switch is released in UK cinemas on Friday 3 September.