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"The Switch," the very dry romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, is what you might call a Bate-and-switch affair. More his journey than hers, more satire than slapstick, the film is that rare example of rom-com about men, which turns out to be a nice switch indeed.
Bateman is Wally, one of those smart neurotics forever bemoaning his half-empty glass. He's a Wall Street whiz, which in this day and age is reason enough for pessimism and paranoia, except that Wally's business is booming and his best friend is Aniston's Kassie, a beautiful network exec/girl next-door type (it's a very good neighborhood).
Everything's swell until Kassie decides she's going solo on the baby front and Wally doesn't even make the sperm donor short list. Bad feelings ensue and a friendship "timeout" soon follows, leaving Wally's business partner and buddy, Jeff Goldblum, asking, "What are you, 6?"
That's pretty much the question that co-directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck ("Blades of Glory") spend most of their time mulling, with Bateman taking the "Arrested Development" ethos, which positioned him as America's favorite rational thinker (party pooper?), to new extremes. Paralyzed by the idea of commitment, Wally undermines all romance and protects his soft emotional underbelly with satirical barbs so sharp he should come with a warning label, as one blind date learns when he imagines a future for them that involves New Jersey suburbs and hating each other.
Given the origin of "The Switch," a short story called "Baster" by Jeffrey Eugenides, author of "Middlesex" and a master at mental contortions and relationship confusions, Wally's emotional slings and arrows cause just as much damage to him as anyone around him. And screenwriter Allan Loeb stays true to that same dysfunctional spirit.
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