This is a movie about the connections between people and the importance that those connections hold in each and every one of our lives. The lives of the main characters Wally and Cassie are easily related to as they are both single and caught up in the hustle and bustle of life in the concrete jungle of NYC. In this film, Wally lets life, time, and opportunity pass him by as he watches his best friend, Cassie, “move on” with her life as a single by deciding to have an artificial insemination as she feels she is getting too old too fast. The problem: he is in love with her, but can’t seem to tell her. So, on the night of the celebrated conception to be, a drunken mistake causes a panicked Wally to switch the “donation” that Cassie has accepted with his own. BUT, he doesn’t remember what has happened the next day! Cassie gets pregnant, moves away, and 7 years later she moves back to NYC with her son, Sebastian. Wally soon realizes his second chance for love with Cassie, but things come full circle when other realizations are made.
Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston really bring this movie to life and delve into issues that many people in general face: Living life to the fullest, taking opportunities, loneliness, a yearning for connection, reality of how time passes by, togetherness, honesty, love, family, friendship, and the importance of not taking anyone in your life for granted (just to name a few). And if you don’t care about any of that, then….Grow a HEART!! j/k, then at least Jennifer Aniston is in it! Who doesn’t love watching “America’s Sweetheart” from Friends on the big screen?! Jeff Goldblum, who plays as Wally’s best friend, also brings a level of comic relief that only he can. Through the characters the director relays so many aspects of humanity as both Cassie and Wally deal with similar and differing internal struggles. Bateman, who always impresses, fills the role of Wally in such a way that you feel for and with him throughout the entire film.
Sounds great so far? And guess what? I haven’t even mentioned the one character that ties it all together! The scene stealer! Cassie’s son: Sebastian! Played by youngster Thomas Robinson, you would have never known this was his debut movie!!! Wow what a kid! He plays the son of Cassie who is, essentially, the mini-version of Wally in every way. He also shares mannerisms with Wally and has the same bleak outlook on life and people in general. And the fact that he is way too grown up for his age adds to the unspoken comedy that just makes you smile and laugh. Some of the things he says you would never expect to hear from people 10 times his age!!
Wally’s struggle to finally tell Cassie how he feels is complicated by his rekindled friendship with her, his growing attachment to her son, her new interest in the original “donor,” and his revelation moment as events from the infamous evening start to resurface to his memory! What will happen for Wally? What will Cassie say when she finds out? You know it’s coming and all you can do is watch and hope for the happy ending you are anxiously waiting for in the back of your mind. Will they both acknowledge the underlying romance they’ve been ingoring all these years? Or will the events that transpired be too much to handle and the damage done?
I loved this movie and the realism it portrays. The touch of realism added to the relationships of all the characters really makes this movie a win. And, as expected, the young boy, Sebastian, adds that little bit to the film that was missing. He completes it. While it did take a little bit of time to develop the story, and some thematic elements may make it a no go for some of the kiddos, this movie stepped it up to a level that I was not expecting at all. It encourages you to say and do what you need to when you need to. Open your heart, take risks, love those close to you, and live life! And, I agree.
Go see The Switch. You won’t be disappointed. The Switch is a Hit! (Btw, you’ll love all of Wally’s sweaters!)
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–The Sp1der’s Score: 7.5 out of 10 stars “The Switch”
In case you haven’t gotten to see it, here is the trailer for The Switch! Go see it!