Since she co-starred in Office Space (still one of the best movies ever), Jennifer Aniston has spent the intervening years starring in bad rom-coms that just reinforced the point that she was a television actress and not much more. Here comes The Switch, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston that isn't half bad. Maybe because it's more of a Jason Bateman film.
Aniston plays Kassie, a sucessful 40 year old producer who decides to have a kid on her own. She picks a very attractive man with all the right genetics to be her sperm donor. Bateman plays Wally, her best friend, who at a party to celebrate her insemination, gets drunk and switches out his sperm for the chosen donor. 7 years later, Kassie reappears in with her son, and Wally and the boy immediately find a connection while Kassie and the guy who she thinks is the donor try and find romance.
I don't know where he disappeared to after the 80s, but Bateman is establishing himself as one of my favorite actors of recent years. This is a pretty formulaic comedy, with the normal lapses in logic that seem to happen in rom-coms these days (Bateman is the "unattractive nebbish"? Aniston is supposed to be 47 at the end even though she still looks like Jennifer Aniston today?). But Bateman really shines. His interactions with the kid (who is also really good) are incredibly touching. It's nice to see a romantic comedy that that doesn't follow the standard rom. coline (or that isn't J-Lo's The Back Up Plan).