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Wally and Kassie have been best friends for years, and have been through a lot of ups and downs together too. So when Kassie makes the revelation in a cafe that she's going to try and get pregnant via a sperm donor, he's a bit shocked and worries that his friend isn't doing the right thing. When she holds an "I'm getting pregnant" party, Wally has a bit too much to drink, and somehow has an accident with the pot of "donation" in the bathroom, deciding in his drunken state to replace it with his own "donation", but he's so drunk that the next morning he doesn't remember a thing. Fast forward 6 years, and Kassie and her young son Sebastien have moved back to New York, and are back in Wally's life. Wally begins to notice some similarities between himself and Sebastien, and when it dawns on him what has happened, he doesn't know how to tell his best friend what he did. Can he own up to the switch?!
I was sent this film on my Lovefilm account a few months ago, and to be honest I forgot all about it until last night! I was bored, and wanted to watch something a bit light-hearted and funny, and found this on top of my DVD player and decided it would be worth a watch. Jen Aniston films are always a bit hit and miss for me, so I was hoping that this one would be one of her better ones! I haven't really seen Jason Bateman in a lot of movies, so didn't have a lot of expectation regarding him. What I did notice about this film was that really, the entire plot-line was revealed in the movie's blurb, and there wasn't a lot surprising there, it was just there for you to watch the journey this took, and how it'd pan out, but although it wasn't overly exciting, it was a lovely watch and I really enjoyed it.
I've read a few things that comment on the lack of chemistry between Aniston and Bateman as best friends Kassie and Wally, but I have to personally disagree about that. I felt that they came across really well on screen as friends, and certainly had a believable friendship to me. I felt that I really warmed to Jason Bateman as Wally, he seemed like such a nice guy and I couldn't find anything to dislike about him at all. He was very funny, and made me laugh out loud a good few times, and I thought he suited his slightly neurotic but caring character really well. He covers a wide range of emotions in the film, and I felt he portrayed drunk Wally especially well, he was so funny! Aniston too was very good, I didn't feel as warm to her but that's because I felt she was a bit harsh on poor Wally who was only looking out for her. However, she acted well throughout the film, although she wasn't at all convincing as a mother, she seemed awkward with the young actor who played Sebastien, and didn't convince me at all!
The young boy who played Sebastien, an actor called Thomas Robinson was amazing given his young age. He plays worrywart Sebastien so well, outshines the adult actors in most of his scenes, and is a gorgeous, well-spoken little boy who was a joy to watch, and I can see a bright career ahead of him if he chooses to stay in the movie business. Jeff Goldblum also has a minor role in this film, as Wally's boss Leonard, and he was great, very funny and easy to watch. Finally, Patrick Wilson plays Roland, the sperm donator who believes he is Sebastien's dad. He was very dislikeable as a person, although full credit to Wilson for making his so smarmy and unlikeable, he just made me cringe whenever he was on screen and his chemistry with Kassie was just so false, I don't understand how they believed they were right for each other! Overall, I felt the cast did a really good job of bringing their characters to life, each seemed to suit the person they were playing, and made for good viewing on screen. I enjoyed watching the story fold out with them, and they all did good jobs with their parts, in particular Robinson and Bateman.
The film is set in New York, as many films these days seem to be but it didn't dominate the film too much, instead it chose to focus on the main story and have New York just as the setting. There were some gorgeous scenery shorts that added something to the film, and it was nice to watch in that respect. I felt the issue of sperm donation was handled well in the film, it does highlight the problems a woman can go through in making the decision to be a lone parent, but I felt the film did the issue justice, and the characters all seemed quite sensible about it, especially regarding the young child at the middle of it too. Yes, nothing happened that we either didn't know about already, or didn't expect to happen but that somehow didn't seem to matter. I just enjoyed watching the story unfold, and the film did make me laugh, and I did well up towards the end. I felt the budding relationship between Wally and Sebastien was especially touching, and did make me tear up a bit!
I'm sure a lot of rom-com cynics out there won't like this film, or will slate it because yes, it is predictable and nothing amazing or shocking happens for the duration, but I really enjoyed it. It had nice characters that you care about, a funny and watchable plot which makes you wonder how it's going to go if and when Wally reveals what he's done, and also highlights the highs and lows of becoming a parent via sperm donation. It's an easy and light-hearted watch, and definitely has its funny moments courtesy of Jason Bateman and the many relationships in the film are all very much worth watching. I found the film actually went quite quickly as I watched it, the pace of it was just right and the length too seemed to work perfectly. If you enjoy Jennifer Aniston's other movies, then you're probably going to like this one too because it's certainly one of her better ones, I really enjoyed it!
Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck
Written by Allan Loeb (screen play) and Jeffrey Eugenides (short story)
Running Time: 101 minutes
Jason Bateman ... Wally Mars
Jennifer Aniston ... Kassie Larson
Jeff Goldblum ... Leonard
Juliette Lewis ... Debbie
Patrick Wilson ... Roland
Thomas Robinson ... Sebastian
The DVD is available on Amazon.co.uk for £4.29 (March 2012 price).
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Oh my word, I have one piece of advice to anyone considering watching this film....don't, just don't. This film felt like I was watching an evening of my life slipping by, and by the end of it I had mentally switched off from concentrating or caring about what was happening. I used to like Jennifer Aniston, but after two films in one weekend where she left me feeling quite empty, I am inclined to avoid any further films she is in.
The Switch is supposedly a romcom, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. I say "supposedly" because I don't really remember laughing during this film, although the acting was laughable but this was more wanting to cry kind of laughable rather than funny laugh-out-loud stuff.
The plot of the film is that the main character Kassie (Aniston) is of a certain age where she is longing for a baby and feels as though her biological clock is ticking. She decides to follow the alternative route to motherhood and seeks a donor. Her best friend Wally (Bateman) is a bit disapproving at first but eventually supports her and goes along to her "getting pregnant" party (is that an American thing? I've never been invited to one of those!). Anyway, they have this ridiculous party where some guy she's paid comes along to deposit his "seed" into a test tube, and leaves it in the bathroom for her to use. Wally gets horrendously drunk, tips the test tube over, and then decides to replace it with his own specimen. He drinks some more, forgets everything that happened, Kassie announces she is pregnant, disappears for seven years, comes back and you can probably imagine the rest for yourself.
This film had quite a promising beginning, and it's very rare for me to not like a romcom. However, we were about an hour and a quarter into the film when I realised that nothing had really happened which I didn't already know about from reading the plot synopsis on the back of the DVD. It literally was going nowhere. When it did start going somewhere, I knew exactly where the story was heading and I can't say there were any surprises here.
The best acting in this film came from the little boy, Sebastian (Thomas Robinson). He is superbly odd and slightly neurotic, the idea being that he copies Wally's behaviour and this is how Wally starts to suspect he is his son. In reality, the similarities between generations are very subtle and are not something you'd notice quite so obviously as this, but this is the least of this film's flaws.
The acting from the main characters Kassie and Wally is pretty dire in my opinion. Aniston is her usual beautiful-but-there's-something-missing-from-my-life run of the mill character. I think I'm supposed to like her character but there's nothing to like really. She's just dull as toast, although that is being hard on toast I feel.
Wally is a nice enough man, but again there's nothing particularly likeable about his character. I think the most disappointing thing is that there's no chemistry between them at all. At the beginning of the film I think we're supposed to pick up on the fact that these two are best friends but there's a special connection between them, but I found it strange that when Kassie moved away and came back several years later, they just picked up where they left off despite only sending Christmas cards in the years in between. I mean, if your best friend moved away, would you just not bother keeping in touch? Especially if that best friend had just undergone the most life changing experience of becoming a mother?
Anyway, I think my assassination of this film is almost complete. I have to give credit to Thomas Robinson who plays Sebastian, he is very very cute and the most convincing actor out of the lot of them. I hope being associated with this film doesn't affect his career in any way.
I would highly recommend staying away from this film. Jennifer Aniston is ok in romcoms where she's not playing the leading character, otherwise she just doesn't have a strong enough personality to pull it off. Beautiful hair but no substance. I also find her quite unconvincing when she plays a motherly character. I mean I'm not sure someone that self-absorbed would be able to put her make-up collection down for long enough to attend to a child's needs, would they?
Film Only Review:
Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) is turning 40 years old. Living in New York and best friends with Wally (Jason Bateman she has a good job, friends but is missing one thing a baby....actually make that two things a man as well!
Kassie decides its time to go it alone so to speak and have a baby before it gets too late and holds a conception party, gets in 'viking', Roland (Patrick Wilson) and he leaves a sperm sample behind for her to turkey baste it later. However Wally is pretty jealous for some reason, gets drunk at the party and starts messing about with the sample in the bathroom where it is left which ends up covered in water like glue paste and now what? Well he has to replace it of course cos she has paid for what he has lost!
Kassie moves to a better place out of New York when she found out she was pregnant and her and Wally lose touch. No one even thinks about that night and they pretty much go their separate ways till her son Sebastian turns 7 years old, she gets offered a great job there and moves back to New York and of course meets back up with Wally who is still in his rut of a life, commitment phobic and pretty pessimistic. and a wee bit quirky with his odd ways
In the meantime Kassie strikes up a relationship with Sebs 'Seed donor', Roland, or so she thinks and Wally grows attached to the little boy and suddenly whilst watching Sebastian resemblances dawn on him.....the child couldn't be his could it and if so how....he doesn't know!
Ok this film held no surprises for us and was predictable and very rom com indeed. However the acting was superb and Juliette Lewis who played Kassie's mate did put in a great performance. Jeniffer Aniston and Jason Bateman were believable as friends, the set was good as was the music however the show got completely stolen by child actor (Thomas Robinson) who plays Sebastian. Gorgeous big brown eyes, extremely smart I really loved this little character in the film.
Its heart warming, easy to watch and both funny and sad in parts. I felt really sad when I learnt why Sebastian collected photo frames but loved the connection shown between Wally and Sebastian.
It had been ages since I had watched a comedy film as I prefer thrillers and horrors and the likes but both me and my mate loved this and both of us give it a full 5 star rating!
However this is a film rated 12 and I do think at times the subject matter is a bit rich for that age group although it isn't graphic you'll just get asked a lot of questions from little uns. There is no sex, violence or swearing in it and the run time is 1 hr and 41 minutes which is a good length and not too long or short at all in my humble opinion!
Worth a watch on a cold bleak evening!
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The switch is a film that I saw in the cinema a while ago, due to having free tickets to go and see it through see film first which is a website I often use. However, if I hadn't had these free tickets I probably would have still went to go and see this film and paid for it since it seems to be my sort of film as I often go and see chick flick films.
The movie centres around Kassie, played by Jennifer Aniston, living in New York city and constantly single but dreaming of bigger things. She is desperate to be a mother but doesn't have the father to go with it, so decides since she wants one so much she will go along with a sperm donor despite the objections of her best friend Wally (partly because he has always had feelings for her, but never quite been able to express them). However, plans go awry when Kassie organises a party for her insemination. The sperm donor called Roland produces the donation, and leaves it in the bathroom but then drunken Wally enters the room and plays with the cup and accidentally spills it. He panics and replaces the sperm with his own, not telling Kassie who leaves New York a few weeks later. 7 years later Kassie returns with her son, but will they ever discover the true parentage?
I did really like this film, although because of the nature of it being a chick lit film I could pretty much guess a lot of what was going to happen such as who was going to get together but this didn't detract too much and it was still enjoyable to watch! The leads worked well together, but I felt the star of the film was Kassie's son Sebastian who was totally brilliant, and played by a relatively unknown actor Thomas Robinson. He was a really unique character since he was a bit neurotic but this also made him be really endearing and quite likeable. I'm not sure if I would buy this film because there are other films that I haven't seen that I'd want to spend money on rather than an alright one I've already seen, but wouldn't mind it! Its available on amazon.
The switch is a paint by numbers romantic comedy made to promote the careers of Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, it is nice enough and an enjoyable waste of 90 minutes, but it is forgettable, formulaic and reliant on its main cast to draw something out of a slightly incredulous story.
What's it all about:
Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) is getting older, she wants a baby but doesn't have a man so she agrees to pay a good looking nice teacher, Roland (Patrick Wilson) to be a sperm donor for the baby she wants, Kassie's best friend Wally (Jason Bateman) doesn't think this is a great idea but won't admit his feelings to her, Kassie throws an artificial insemination party inviting all of her friends and in a drunken moment, Wally switches Roland's sample with one which he prepares in a moment of excitement thinking about a veteran female news presenter.
Kassie becomes pregnant and moves away, returning many years later with her 6 year old son Sebastian (Thomas Robinson), Roland has now split from his wife and Kassie and he both seem keen to help the disassociated Sebastian have a family life, however it becomes clear to Wally as he tries to remember what happened in his drunken state that Sebastian is much more than his best friends son.
The film is better than it should be because the cast is decent, Bateman does slightly solemn, amusing and earnest as well as ever and for me he and Jeff Goldblum as his wordy and slightly odd best friend are the two best actors in this film, Bateman is watchable and fills his performance with the right levels of feelings for both Kassie and Sebastian, you do root for him and he is the main reason to watch this film
Aniston is Aniston, you either enjoy her performances or find them pithily middle of the road, she is a decent comedic actress but doesn't really have too much to do in this, Patrick Wilson is decent but doesn't have enough screen time as the perfect but slightly off centre Roland while Thomas Robinson is good as the worldly and slightly neurotic kid, his relationship with Bateman is one of the highlights of the film and is much more interesting than the potential romance between Bateman and Aniston, I was glued to every scene between the potential father and son but immediately found my interest wane when Aniston returned. I'm not sure if that is the actress or the writers at fault but she has no connect with Bateman and his longing for her doesn't seem natural as she has nothing but the occasional admonishment for him, her relationship with her son seems secondary to the one Sebastian builds with Wally and she just breezes around seemingly finding work and big New York pads despite balancing a career of motherhood with one which isn't really explained but gives her almost limitless time doing other things.
Julliette Lewis also stars but has little to do and is so forgettable that i've just had to change her name as I was writing Jennifer Lewis, she started out in Natural Born Killers but is now an actress whose scenes are best for going to make a cup of tea, forgettable and slightly annoying.
Is it any Good:
It's ok, it is a middle of the road 2.5 to 3 out of 5 at best, it won't win awards, won't change your life and will probably be the only film ever that thinks using an 'artificial insemination party' as a plot device is in anyway normal. You know from the first shot how the story will end, it does it without any real hitches, its the hollywood formula, guy meets girl, loses her, she returns but his path is blocked by another, they fall out but then they finally find a solution. The ending is awful, so lame and weak that you do wonder why you bothered, although my other half thought it was lovely so I do think some people will enjoy the film.
There are edgier moments but in those I think the writers tried to be a little too smart, one scene where Bateman discusses the potential life he and a date could have together is quite amusing as are a few of Jeff Goldblum's scenes, but overall this is a bland hollywood film created to cash in its stars. I like really writing about films but didn't have much more to say here, it's inoffensive, amusing in parts and obvious in others.
The film wants to be an American version of 'About a Boy' but with the odd artificial insemination joke.......it fails!
Would you buy it?
Nope, but my other half did, for £5.49 from Amazon, and I would say it was overpriced by £4, worth watching if you have 90 minutes free but it won't change your life or even your 90 minutes.
It seemed that last night once again the choice of films came down to what Jen fancied watching and that meant a romantic comedy was almost a certainty. We had been to Blockbusters the night before where she had picked up The Switch another in a long line of Romantic Comedies that I would seemingly be conned into spending my Saturday night watching. I have to admit that given the quality of movies Jen has picked recently I didn't have high hopes for this one and unfortunately this one, once again, turned out to be far more of a girls film than even having a middle couples ground.
Switching To An Average Plot
Kassie has decided that the time in her life to have a baby has arrived, however her best friend Wally really thinks she should wait rather than use artificial insemination. Kassie ignores his advice and goes ahead with it in a insemination party. Having been invited to the party Wally has far too much to drink and following an accident with the sperm donor's sample in the bathroom Wally replaces it with his own. Soon after Kassie moves away to find a better home for her and her new baby unaware of the switched sample. Fast forward 7 years and Wally still has no recollection of the events of that night until he meets Kassie's son for the first time and things start to fall back into place.
Another Spin On Insemination
It seems that directors Will Speck and Josh Godron, it was obviously so hard to create this simple film that it took two of them, have taken a different approach to the subject of artificial insemination. The plot could have worked really well but instead it seems to stutter its way through the 1 hour 40 runtime. It's not really that the directors do anything too bad either, they just don't seem to take any real risks. The film follows the tried and tested formula of chick flicks and had there been any chemistry between Kassie and any of her proposed love interests in the movie then it might have worked.
In fact Speck and Gordon could have had a winner here, but rather than take chances opted for the save casting options and not really pushing the story too far. The build up to the insemination was actually quite entertaining with a few funny moments and decent character interaction, but when the movie comes back to the modern time it loses all of the appeal and good feeling it created. It reverts to form and the interesting concept is lost. Once you factor in Kassie starting up a relationship with the origin sperm donor and the fact that Wally has to even tell Kassie that her son is actually ludicrous when you consider that they look alike and even have the exact same mannerisms as each other just ruined what was looking like becoming a promising movie.
Jennifer Aniston Plays Rachel.... Again
There are certain Actors and Actresses in Hollywood who have become rather type cast. The likes of Steven Seagal and Wesley Snipes have vanished into straight to video territory playing the same character over and over, yet Aniston seems to have avoided that fate for now. The fact that 10 years after friends ended she is still playing Rachel Green would perhaps suggest that she is heading that way but for now she is still a leading lady in the romcom world. It's a shame as she did seem destined for greater things but this seems to be her market place now and that will never really change.
Her lack of chemistry with Jason Bateman who plays Wally or Patrick Wilson who plays the sperm donor Roland really destroyed this movie. If she'd had a connection with either of them it would have worked but Bateman as Wally seemed to be trying too hard to be dark and neurotic, whilst Wilson attempted to make Roland a bit aloof and different but only succeeded in appearing needy and at times a little sleazy. The casting didn't really work for me and apart from Jeff Goldblum, an amusing co-worker of Wally, the casting all seemed wrong and had there been a better choice for either Wally or Roland then it would have been much better.
Only My Opinion Though
Having watched so many romantic comedies lately this is simply my observation and I can see why some people would like the movie, it has a simple to follow story that for the first half at least is funny. It has a romantic element to it that didn't work for me but Jen seemed to really take to it, even asking numerous times throughout why Wally doesn't just tell her that he's the father. It is predictable and not nearly as good as it could have been but it was watchable. I felt that it could have done with being 10 to 20 minutes shorter but if you like romantic comedies that don't require a lot of thought and are pretty easy going then you'll enjoy this.
Imagine if you will that after a long day looking our two very active boys, one 2 and the other 1 we managed to get them in bed for the unheard of hour of 7 pm and on a Saturday night as well. After eating we perused the usual lame offerings on terrestrial TV when I said "Let's see what's on box office" after discounting the endless Saw and Twilight parodies we had a choice between the Switch and the A Team. Feeling mellow to my wife's plea's that a gentle Rom-com would be a lovely end to a long day we decided on The Switch.
The Switch is a Rom-com starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman who are friends living in New York, rather than wanting to get into Jennifer's (Kassie's) Knickers Jason (Wally) appears to want to help her hook up with her dream man. So when she decides to have a baby away from the natural mode of entry, he helps her pick a hunky college professor with perfect hair and immaculate teeth. Kassie decides to have an insemination party in which the donor leaves his 'gift' in one of the toilets, enter Wally who is incredibly drunk and manages to knock the gift down the toilet. So decides to leave one of his own and promptly forgets, step forward 7 years and Kassie is returning to New York after leaving soon after the pregnancy is confirmed and Wally meets her neurotic son Sebastian.
You can guess the rest, son gets close to Wally, Wally realises what he's done etc etc romantic, slushy ending.
That's the premise of the film; romantic comedies starring Jennifer Aniston are like eating a Milky Way, pleasant enough at the time but instantly forgotten and doesn't leave you wanting another. She is delightful to look at, has a range of facial expression, great legs and a pleasant enough personality but there is a feeling that her heart just isn't in it. She goes through the lines but rather plods than sparkles, her movie successes have tended to be with strong funny men as the lead such as Owen Wilson in Marley and me, as a lead she isn't interesting or quirky enough to carry the film.
The film is truly a vehicle for the gentle humour of Jason Bateman, he delivers his lines with style and wit and carries a fairly thin plot along with a lightness of touch which makes the viewer wish he had a bit more to work with. Even the fairly predictable plot is used by Bateman as a decent tool to show his comic timing and his portrayal of a middle aged Meterosexual New York man is watchable.
The main problem with Bateman is that Kassie clearly picks her college professor based on looks, he is chiselled blond and well toned and a version with a bit of an oily ugly friend who clearly realises he has no chance becoming her boyfriend but is nice enough to be accepted as a non-threatening friend. However, Bateman is clearly a good looking man who the film producers appear to try and make ugly by putting him in a selection of appalling knitwear.
The film has lots of holes, Aniston's age being one, none of the characters age in the 7 years even wearing exactly the same clothes, the switch it's self is ridiculous on loads of levels. There are strange asides from Juliette Lewis and Jeff Goldblum who clearly enjoy themselves haming it up playing the friends giving advice, oh Harry met Sally all is forgiven!
So not the best, a bit of lame and a poor ending but Bateman just about saves it from the abyss but please Jennifer Aniston make something with an edge!
The Switch is an American movie which comes under the romantic, comedy and drama genres. The movie stars Jennifer Anniston and Jason Bateman. The movie was released in the United Kingdom in 2010. The movie is 12A which means that children under the age of twelve need an adult to be present with them when they watch it. The movie runs at just over one hour and a half. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £10.99 which I think is quite expensive.
The plot: Kassie is forty years old, and wants a family. But there is one problem, she is single! In order to get pregnant she is obviously going to need some help, and so goes to a doner. But her friend of several years 'switches' the sample, unknown to Kassie. Will she eventually find out? Watch The Switch to find out!!
I have always liked Jennifer Anniston's movies (Along Came Polly and Marley and Me), although I have found her most recent movies to be a bit boring (The Break Up etc) and so I was a bit 'shall I/shan't I?' about this movie, but in the end, decided to give it a go!
This movie is so far-fetched, yet there is something quite 'real' about. I really enjoyed the movie! It is the kind of movie which makes you go 'ahh!' and brings a smile to your face! I found it to be different (in a good way) to a lot of other chick-flick movies, as it didn't follow the typical 'guy mets girl/guy blows it with girl/guy gets girl back' and so it made a refreshing change.
Usually, being such a celebrity gossip fan (I know so much about celebrities, than I find it hard to believe their characters in movies), I can still 'believe' Jennifer Anniston's characters! I think that she is a great actress, and I love her dry sense of humour! I also thought that the little boy who played her son was very good too!! There is also a bit of eye candy in this movie for the girls which is always a good thing!
There were parts of this movie which made me laugh out loud! There were some great one liners in this movie!! Such quotes include :
Wally Mars: I - - um, hijacked your pregnancy.
If you are looking for a sweet little chick-flick movie, then I would definately recommend this movie to you!
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January 30th 2011
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I haven't seen a Jennifer Aniston movie for a while and this seemed to be the best one released recently (wasn't that keen on Bounty Hunter). I thought the plot sounded quite similar to "The Back Up Plan", but it turns out quite differently.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) wants to have a baby without going through the hassle of dating and marriage but her best friend Wally (Jason Bateman) disagrees with it. At her insemination party, Wally gets incredibly drunk and accidentally knocks over the donor Roland (Patrick Wilson)'s bodily fluids and replaces it with his own.
Seven years later, Kassie and her son Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) moves back into town. Upon seeing Sebastian, Wally notices their similarities and realises Sebastian is his son. Does he tell Kassie, who he still has feelings for and ruin what could happen between them or forever be just an "uncle" to his own son?
The film is almost split into two halves, the first half developing Wally's character and explains what happened which led to Kassie's son being his; the second about Wally building a relationship with Sebastian and fighting for him.
I thought the beginning of the film rather dull with only a few comedic highlights (sperm confetti falling out of Wally's invite) but then realised the film wasn't getting much funnier. Advertised as a comedy/rom com, I really didn't find this funny at all! In that respect, this film is pretty rubbish as it doesn't make you laugh and isn't that entertaining.
What this film DOES do, is highlight how sweet and pure a relationship between father and son could be- the scenes between Wally and Sebastian are superb and makes you all gushy inside. This is partly due to how irresistibly cute Thomas Robinson is with his round chubby face and the way he speaks! Just "Aww" all over.
There isn't much climax or rollercoastering in this film though- the only point where I was somewhat shocked was at the end after Wally confessed everything. However, the ending was extremely predictable and surprisingly straightforward. I think it was pretty much a certainty from the opening that the two leads would get together so the incorporation of a distraction or a third person really wasn't necessary. In this way, I felt the film tried too hard to be mainstream and commercial when it could have been a really deep and emotional drama about the relationship between a father and son.
Jason Bateman- Wally Mars
Jennifer Aniston- Kassie Larson
Thomas Robinson- Sebastian
Also stars Patrick Wilson
Jennifer Aniston was surprisingly dull. Even when she's being typecast as "Rachel from Friends", at least she brings some humour and emotion and free spirit into the role, but here she is just an empty vessel that talks.
I'm unfamiliar with Jason Bateman but here he does quite a good job, certainly suited to the character he's been given- I'm not sure if that's his actual personality but he did it well.
Unlike The Back Up Plan, the perspective here is on Wally opposed to Kassie and there is a focus on his new found relationship to Sebastian. I really like the moments they have together and they share great chemistry. However, chemistry between Aniston and Bateman is non-existent; I found it slightly strange picturing them get together (where I predicted the plot would go) though Patrick Wilson wouldn't have been much better.
The film fails as a comedy or rom com but does have some gushy and very meaningful scenes showing the relationship between father and son. These scenes are the best scenes and really, had the film focused solely on this aspect and scrapped all the unnecessary exterior plot lines, this film could be so much more. I'm sure that someone will have cleverly put a montage of the best scenes onto YouTube, so you can probably just watch it there, because apart from these few very moving scenes, this film has very little else to offer.