'Mr. Right' gets modern makeover in "The Switch"

Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:42pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In your traditional Hollywood romantic comedy, the woman usually has a simple goal -- find Mr. Right, get married, and start a family. Ahhh, but how times have changed.

In Jennifer Aniston's new comedy "The Switch," which lands in movie theaters on Friday, her character Kassie has set her sights somewhat lower. The single, 40-something New Yorker decides that if she can't find Mr. Right, she can at least find Mr. Perfect Sperm Donor and have the baby she's always wanted -- quickly, efficiently and without a man in her life.

Single motherhood, and the biological drive to reproduce, are the issues that attracted Aniston to the project.

"Women are realizing it, more and more knowing, that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," Aniston told reporters when promoting the film.

"Times have changed and that is also what is amazing...we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents' days when you can't have children because you have waited too long," she said.

Those comments landed Aniston in a small war of words last week with conservative Fox TV news commentator Bill O'Reilly. On his "The O'Reilly Factor," the self-styled traditionalist said Aniston's message was the equivalent of saying kids don't need dads and added "that's destructive to our society."

In a subsequent People magazine interview, Aniston countered that "of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age, then added, "but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options."

Aside from their back-and-forth, and as happens in the movie, the question of alternative means of birth and raising kids can grow complicated as much as it does in traditional child rearing and families.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Jennifer Aniston poses at the premiere of "The Switch" at the Arclight theatre in Hollywood, California August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>