Jason Bateman Takes over in ‘The Switch’

Monday, August 30, 2010
By Christian Garber

Jason Bateman possibly gives his best performance in The Switch since Arrested Development! The film also stars Frat friend Jennifer Aniston, Patrick Wilson, Juliette Lewis, and Jeff Goldblum.

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Bateman takes control in the film in which his character…, well… takes control of a pregnancy. He is very funny and charming. He reminds viewers of his character in Arrested Development in a way that his character tries to run everything and feels responsible for everyone else. His lines are not always funny, but what makes him funny is his mannerisms and facial expressions.

Jennifer Aniston does not offer anything special like she did in Management or The Break-Up. Yet she is not supposed to. She is what is supposed to be the straight path in the movie and keep it from getting out of whack, and in that role she performs very nicely. Goldblum and Wilson offer very nice comedic relief.

Bateman’s best attribute in the film is the chemistry he has with his character’s son played by Thomas Robinson. Bateman does a very good job of being a parent like figure for him. The two reflect nice lines off each other, and keep the movie interesting as Bateman does a great job showing how much he cares and how far he is willing to go for the boy.

The film is nothing special, but is still a solid movie. The cast does a good job, but it is too predictable and a little too “Happy- Go-Lucky”. Though Bateman has been consistently good in his starring roles over his last few movies in Hancock, Up in the Air, Extract, Couples Retreat, and The Switch.


One Response to “Jason Bateman Takes over in ‘The Switch’”

  1. Chris

    I preferred the original name “The Baster”, more funny and could have gotten a bigger audience. For me this was a definite rent. I love Jason Bateman, but he had a lead role in which I was really excited to see. Except for the upcoming “Horrible Bosses” which sounds good now, but we’ll have to wait for a trailer.


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