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"The Switch" is a comedy about a neurotic guy named Wally (Jason Bateman) who, in a drunken incident, decides to switch his seed with the intended father of his friend, Kassie (Jennifer Aniston), who has chosen artificial insemination. I'm surprised "The Switch" didn't get two thumbs up from the bar association ("We wish we could take this case on in real life!" - John Q Lawyer).

All kidding aside, Wally is disappointed early in the movie when Kassie announces to him that she's going to have a child by artificial means (because she's getting older and just not finding Mr. Right) and that she would like his help in finding a suitable donor. Upset that he was not considered to be a suitable donor - especially given their prior history together - he goes along with it and hides his true feelings for her. She comes across a suitable donor (Patrick Wilson) and at the party (does everyone have to have a party for everything these days?) for her insemination, the mix-up with the "donation" happens.

Afterwards, Kassie decides to move away to raise her child in a quieter environment than the big city. Years later, she returns with the child, Sebastian (Thomas Robinson). Everyone believes that the child is that of Wilson's character, but it quickly becomes evident to Wally that he looks and acts an awful lot like him. Recalling the drunken oops from years ago, he has to face the facts that he may have committed a rather significant error years ago and debates how to spring the news.

The story is uncomfortable and I can only imagine that if the story happened in real life it probably would proceed less smoothly than it does in the movie. However, to the film's credit it manages to bypass plot problems at least somewhat with solid performances from Bateman and Robinson, who are solid in their scenes together. Aniston is okay as well, although the performance is really not much of a variation on many of the characters she's played previously.

"The Switch" stumbles over its own plot at times, but Bateman, Robinson and an amusing supporting effort from Jeff Goldblum do smooth over some of the rougher spots.


VIDEO: "The Switch" is presented by Lions Gate in 2.35:1 (1080p/AVC) and the results are perfectly acceptable. Sharpness and detail are not stellar, but the picture at least remains crisp and detailed. A touch of edge enhancement is seen during a few scenes, but the picture otherwise remained smooth and clean, with no additional faults. Colors looked bright and well-saturated, with no smearing or other concerns.

SOUND: The film's DTS-HD 5.1 presentation is a straightforward, dialogue-driven comedy presentation, with little for the surrounds to do aside from provide some background ambience and light reinforcement of the music. Audio quality is fine, with clear, well-recorded dialogue.

EXTRAS: Deleted scenes, alternate ending, bloopers and "making-of" documentary.

Final Thoughts: "The Switch" stumbles over itself at times, but the cast does what it can with the material. The Blu-Ray offers minimal extras and fine audio/video quality. A light rental recommendation for fans of the actors.

Film Grade
The Film B-
DVD Grades
Video B
Audio: B
Extras: C-

DVD Information

The Switch (Blu-Ray)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
DTS-HD 5.1 (English)
101 minutes
Subtitles: English/French/Spanish
Rated PG-13
Available At Amazon.com: The Switch (Blu-Ray)