I love movies. I love to watch: new movies, classics, kids movies, all kinds of movies. One of my favorite things, however, is when I have a ho hum attitude about a movie going in and then I really like it. This is the case with The Switch starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. To top it off, critics had said they disliked this movie or it wasn’t worth the money or whatever it is they said. I hadn’t really read a critical review, but I’d heard snippets on the radio and overheard rumblings from people checking out reviews in magazines and whatnot. Well, I’ve never really trusted critics and this is one more example why. Critics can sometimes factor in and can sometimes be right, but for the most part, they suck. Critics have also put Jennifer Aniston into the Tom Cruise Zone. Critical acclaim has never come Tom Cruise’s way yet I seem to enjoy a boat load of his films: Top Gun, Cocktail, Risky Business, A Few Good Men, Collateral, and the list goes on. I find that Jennifer Aniston is treated in similar regard in the sense that no matter what she does, the critics say it stinks or find some other trivial point to harp on. On the other hand, for this critic, there are plenty of Jennifer Aniston movies that are worth watching and enjoyable.
My wife and I missed celebrating our anniversary this June because we’re both so busy with the kids and home improvement projects and a million other things. So when my mother-in-law said she could watch the kids and we could go out, we thought of our standard 4 hour adventure of dinner and a movie. The question was what movie to see as we felt like there wasn’t anything out there we were dying to see. I voted for the The Switch and she agreed. I didn’t know much of anything about it except that it starred Jennifer Aniston, was about artificial insemination, and critics said it wasn’t very good. When we walked into the atrium and saw the marquee, I was very pleased to see that the movie also starred Jason Bateman because I have been liking him more and more over the past couple of years and he’s been putting out great stuff.