The Switch

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

OK romcom centers on sperm donation, single parenthood.

PG-13 2010 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Predictable but Sweet, Funny, and Wholesome

The Switch is a romantic dramedy that could benefit from some better marketing: the previews label it as a semi-raunchy comedy, whereas in truth, it's a very tender movie about relationships. It has its crass moments, but they are all comfortably within PG-13 territory and don't keep the movie from being a good one for parents to watch with their older kids. The main plot revolves around a man named Wally whose best friend Kassie is tired of waiting for marriage to have a baby. She decides to pursue a sperm donor. Wally, who was once in a romantic relationship with Kassie, is a little offended that she won't consider him as a donor. Kassie eventually finds somebody and throws an "insemination" party. Wally drinks too much and, while intoxicated in the bathroom, accidentally spills the "donation" in the sink. The next morning, he can't remember anything. Kassie gets pregnant and moves away. Six years later she returns with a son, Sebastian, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Wally. The movie's positive elements are numerous. It praises family, positive parental/child relationships, and healthy, dedicated romantic relationships. Wally and Kassie continually support each other, and neither one takes advantage of their friendship at any point in the movie. Wally also opens himself up to becoming a father figure for Sebastian, who needs a dad. The ending to the movie is uplifting and will leave a smile on your face. There's hardly any profanity. Adult characters drink alcohol and appear drunk in several scenes. In one scene, two characters briefly pop an "herbal" medication to get high. Sex talk revolves around artificial insemination and sperm donation (including comical, non-graphic hints at the act of "donating"), but there's no actual sex or graphic sexual conversations in the movie. The bare butt of an actor in a nudist production of Hamlet is briefly shown for comedic effect. Other than that, there's nothing inappropriate in the movie. It's nice to see Hollywood produce a healthy look at relationships minus the pervasive crudity and graphic content.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

NOT a Comedy!

A waste of time for people expecting a comedy. This is a DRAMA with very little comedy. Even Common Sense called it a "RomCom" but there was almost nothing to laugh at here.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 20, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: March 15, 2011
  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Patrick Wilson
  • Director: Will Speck
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language
  • Last updated: February 25, 2023

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