Everyone knows that sometimes things in life don’t go as planned. For Kassie Larson, this was the foundation of all her problems. Without a husband and without children by the time she was in her mid-30’s, Kassie decided she would solve one of her problems with artificial insemination. Her best friend and former boyfriend Wally was skeptical at first, and it turned out to be for good reason. From a drunken mistake, Wally unknowingly ends up the father of Kassie’s child.
After a seven year separation, Kassie and Wally finally reunite. As he gets to know Kassie’s son Sebastian, he starts to notice some uncanny similarities between the young boy and himself. Wally eventually realizes that he is in fact the father and must decide- should he tell Kassie the truth, or let her continue to believe the dashing donor is the father of her son?
The beginning of the movie starts off a bit shaky and there are a few moments of slightly bizarre crude humor. But once Sebastian is introduced, the movie has a very good flow to it. The awkward Wally finally has someone to relate to and his interactions with Sebastian are both sweet and comical. ‘The Switch’ helps us all remember that family is family, no matter where it comes from.
Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston portray the stars Wally and Kassie. Their quirky personalities mesh nicely and make their relationship both individual and convincing. But when it comes to unique characters, Thomas Robinson steals the spotlight as Sebastian. A hypochondriac, animal rights activist, and student struggling with bullying, it is hard not to fall in love with his adorable portrayal. A romantic comedy spruced up by a male’s perspective, ‘The Switch’ is sure to humor a variety of audiences.