The Switch (2010)
Based on a Jeffrey Eugenides story, this rom-com raises a lot of scientific questions. Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) wants to use sperm from a known donor (fine) and chooses Patrick Wilson’s married teacher Roland as the lucky guy. He’s doing it for the money even though a specimen from a sperm bank would only set Kassie back a few hundred bucks. How much could he possibly be making?
Kassie decides to do the deed during an insemination party, which glosses over the fact that optimum insemination is a very precise, time-sensitive process linked to a woman’s ovulation. Did she break out an ovulation kit the day before, furiously send out an e-vite and cross her fingers people would show up?
At the party, Roland leaves his sample unattended in the bathroom. It’s no wonder Kassie’s best friend, Wally (Jason Bateman), is able to spill the goods down the sink. But rather than tapping Roland on the shoulder and suggesting he serve up another sample, a drunk Wally fills the specimen cup himself. Lo and behold, he’s the father of Kassie’s baby.
Other gripes: What Wally does with the specimen feels like a gross violation. Drunk or no, he let his dearest friend insert his sperm without her consent. Kassie is mad about it for precisely one scene and then predictably agrees to marry him. Now they’re one big happy family, yay!
What it gets right: Kassie strikes a chord when she describes her anxieties about her age and her fertility. It also makes sense that her character would move back home to have a support system, though it’s left unsaid how she handles telling her cushy new job that she’s pregnant and needs a transfer.