I’m an idealist…a dreamer…a romantic. Naturally, I’m drawn to movies of this nature.
Two weeks ago, The Switch was released on DVD and Blu-ray. This is one of those movies I had hoped to see in theaters, but never had an opportunity due to busy schedules and lack of childcare. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis and Patrick Wilson in a heartwarming story about friendship, family, and love.
Here is a quick synopsis from the site:
Kassie (Aniston) is a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her neurotic best friend Wally’s (Bateman) objections, decides it’s time to have a baby – even if it means doing it herself…with a little help from a charming sperm donor (Wilson). But, unbeknownst to her, Kassie’s plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn’t discovered until seven years later…when Wally gets acquainted with Kassie’s cute – though slightly neurotic – son.
I finally completed the film and liked it so much more than I expected. The story itself negates your preconceived ideas about the origins of a family. In today’s society, where women can become mothers without a spouse, comes a film that continues where most stories conclude.
Jennifer Aniston is humorous yet moving in her maternal role. She’s beautiful and relatable and perfectly suited to portray Kassie. Jason Bateman is strong yet vulnerable and you’ll likely find yourself “rooting” for him. Their friendship evolves organically over time into a lasting relationship.
I found the relationship between Wally and his son to be poignant and a model for the father-son relationship. The making of this family is in no way traditional but I like the emphasis and positive portrayal of family.
Based on the movie, here are some cute film-themed parenting tips:
TIP 1: Identify & Communicate Your Child’s Interests. Help friends and family get your kids the gifts they’ll really love by understanding their hobbies and collections—even if they’re as unusual as a collection of brand-new picture frames filled with stock photographs.
TIP 2: Keep a Watchful Eye on Internet Use. Specifically, limit your child’s exposure to WebMD. It’s unlikely he has Cyclothymic disorder or Parkinson’s disease, but he could come down with a nasty case of hypochondria.
TIP 3: Pick Your Battles. Especially when it comes to feeding a picky eater, there are times when the fight isn’t worth it. Sometimes rice with soy sauce is just fine, no matter how impressive (or expensive) the duck is.
TIP 4: Fewer Choices Yield Faster Results. Giving kids choices is fine, but you’ll get them to bed faster if you limit their options to just two: Cowboy or astronaut pajamas? Duck or unfortunate chicken stuffed animal?
TIP 5: Beware the Big Birthday Bash Temptation. Your idea of the best birthday party ever might not be your kid’s idea of a good time, even if it is something as fun and adventurous as a huge bash at the local rock climbing gym.
TIP 6: Don’t Bug Out Over Bugs. Kids can pick up lice from other kids at school, daycare, wherever. It happens. There are several steps you can take to eliminate the bugs, but most importantly, don’t make it a big deal. It’s lice, not leprosy.
The Switch is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray in stores nationwide.
No compensation was received for this post. A copy of the DVD was provided which helped to facilitate this review.