I love a good romantic comedy. I know that they’re generally geared to the female audience who wants something light and fun with a happy ending. That’s why I LOVE them so much. I want to see the underdog win, I want to walk away with a smile on my face, I just want to ENJOY.
When I was asked to review The Switch I must say that I was excited. If you follow The Review Broads, you know that my son really does most of our DVD reviews. He’s a filmmaker, went to film school, and he understands all of the intricacies of making a movie. So, not only do we get an in-depth look from a filmmakers perspective, but he’s a pushover for a cute movie as well. I responded to the pitch saying that Bro’ B would be handling the review. The response? They thought this movie was better suited to the female audience and that it would be a great fit for Champagne Living (I think they were afraid that a male reviewer just wouldn’t “get it”).
The truth of the matter is, that this is REALLY a romantic comedy for men, as well as women.
Staring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, with a supporting cast that will blow you away, The Switch is a modern day romantic comedy that delivers amazing performances from a well-seasoned case of actors. The beauty of the interaction between Aniston and Bateman is that they are friends in real life, making their on-screen chemistry so much more real.
Wally (Bateman) and Kassie (Aniston) are former lovers who have been BFF’s for most of their lives. When in a drunken stupor Wally replaces the “deposit” that Kassie is implanting because she SO wants to be a mom, the fun begins. When the two meet up (with Kassie’s son) seven years later, Wally begins to notice similarities between he and Kassie’s son (like how they’re both neurotic).
This is definitely not your run of the mill romantic comedy focusing on the woman. This is about a man who stands up to fatherhood and not only does the “right” thing, but has a driving need to have this child in his life. Personally, I think that that a guy reviewing this movie would have been GREAT.
Stellar performances by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston along with an amazing supporting cast. While this DVD is rated PG-13, the subject matter is a bit too adult for teens.
Deleted Scenes –
- Kassie on a train – this one landed on the cutting room floor for a good reason, in the final version it was shortened and worked well
- Tell Me Now – usually deleted scenes are cut for VERY good reason, this one could have stayed in the movie. I think it could have added another dimension.
“The Switch” conceived – a background look at the writer and director and how they took a 12-page story and created a charming romantic comedy as a result.
This DVD deserves a FLUTE of Champagne!
The Switch is available wherever DVDs are sold.
I received a copy of this DVD to facilitate this review. All opinions are strictly my own.