Sunday, May 29, 2011

Movie Review: The Switch


My friends and I Redboxed this one recently and it was... okay. The movie was pretty funny, Jason Bateman was great (Jennifer Aniston's character was a little flat... couldn't tell if it was lackluster writing--probably--or just her--maybe) and his relationship to the little kid was really adorable... but it just had a really troubling concept that I couldn't get past. And I feel a little bad because I know I am not-fun to watch rom-coms with. (Sorry, friends! For my post-movie feminist rant the other week!)

(Spoilers)
Jennifer Aniston's character, Kassie, decides to do the liberated thing and have a baby despite her lack of man because having a baby is more important than being married for her. So she interviews some sperm donors, and gets some schmuck to give her some of his sperm. However, Jason Bateman's character, Wally, who is her best friend, gets jealous of this, gets too drunk at her insemination party, and accidentally drops the donor-sperm down the drain. What to do!? Tell the truth that he's a jealous turd who wasted some sperm? Well, that wouldn't make for a good movie! Wally then replaces the donor sperm with ... his! Then he forgets about it because he was so wasted and Kassie moves away.

Then 7 years later, Kassie and son move back to NYC and start hanging out with Wally. And... the kid is like a mini-version of Wally. ... Weird? As Wally spends more time with Kassie's son Sebastian, he starts to figure out what happened that night when he blacked out 7 years ago.

The bonding that Wally and Sebastian do is actually really adorable and touching and I loved that. But it was really troubling for me that Wally "hijacked" (quote from the movie) Kassie's pregnancy. Because like... if that were a penetrative sort of thing, that would be rape. And they're best friends, and in the end they inexplicably fall in love... blah blah, he's a good dad, but the whole hijacked pregnancy concept was so troubling for me that I couldn't enjoy the movie. Also, there's this whole bit about Sebastian being obsessed with making up family members by using the model families in store-bought picture frames that is like nuclear family propaganda, and if you have a traditional family there's nothing wrong with that, but most people don't anymore and I just thought that was a weird retro-y spin on the movie. Oh, the family is complete! He finally has pictures of his dad! Bleh.

So, anyway, some of the writing in this movie was really great, but it could have been done in a way that was not ethically questionable and disturbing. But they missed the boat on that one.

1 comment:

  1. Many things done are ethically questionable these days. The movie industry seems to fantasize breaking the rules(rules that should not be broken) and succeeding.

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