Cogill reviews 'The Switch'

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by GARY COGILL

WFAA

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 20 at 7:11 PM

"The Switch" is a poorly written comedy, filled with cynical cartoon-style characters.

The likable Jennifer Aniston plays Kassie, a 40-year-old New Yorker, looking for a sperm donor but not a husband.

She finds one in the form of Patrick Wilson, but what Kassie doesn't know is that her best male friend, Wally, in a drunken stupor, replaces the original sample with his. It's all terribly convoluted.

Wouldn't you know it, Kassie gets pregnant, moves out of town, and re-appears seven years later with little Sebastian.

A boy that acts and sounds just like Jason Bateman's Wally. Wah Wah Wah, mayhem ensues and the film becomes a logjam of insecure stereotypes, stuck in a bad-formula comedy.

"The Switch" is directed like a Lifetime Channel "movie of the week" by Josh Gordon and Will Speck; they directed "Blades of Glory." Aniston and Bateman are actually quite good but even they can't save such dreadful material.

"The Switch" only pretends to have something important to say, it's all gimmick and no substance.

E-mail: gcogill@wfaa.com

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