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The Switch Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

Two jerks, one cup. Read full review

1.5

Jen Yamato Profile

A formulaic feminist nightmare. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This is a romantic comedy, not a sci-fi adventure tale. But the actions, choices and general behavior of the characters are oddly removed from what goes in the real world.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Despite a virtually unplayable premise, The Switch overcomes this handicap to turn itself into a friendly, offbeat romantic comedy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Squeezes fresh laughs out of what is, in essence, a rather startlingly post-Freudian, nature-trumps-nurture view of child development.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

OK romcom centers on sperm donation, single parenthood.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy, while not brimming with sexual content, does address the fairly complex, mature topic of becoming a single mother by choice ... and the methods necessary to accomplish that goal. Expect references to what a sperm donor does to collect his specimen behind closed doors, discussions about the insemination process, and visuals of the substance in question (in a cup, of course). There's also some swearing and a fair amount of drinking (one character, in fact, makes a critical decision while sloshed).

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. What is it saying about families and how they form?
  • What are the consequences of both Kassie and Wally's decisions? Do they seem realistic?
  • How does this movie compare to other romantic comedies?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie sends the message that while families don't always start traditionally, when love is the foundation, they have a great start. It also says that relationships take work and courage -- if you take a chance, you might just get what you want (although it does seem like one main character gets what he wants despite a big breach of trust).

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Kassie is a take-charge, take-chances kind of person, and both traits lead her to happiness. Wally has a great heart and is a loyal friend, but he can be neurotic, judgy, and discouraging.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: The film's premise revolves around a woman's decision to have a baby on her own via a sperm donor, and there's much discussion about the mechanical aspects of this choice, including what men do to "collect" their donation. Couples also flirt and kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: Characters use words like "lard ass" and, occasionally, "s--t." Also "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Labels for/references to Tide, Duane Reade, WebMD, Donkey Kong, Life Fitness, Equinox, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking at parties and restaurants. A main character sabotages his friend's pregnancy while he's heavily under the influence. Another character fishes a cigarette out of her bag and is about to smoke it before someone else swats it away. One reference to popping pills.

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