Actor will star opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman
Jeff Goldblum has joined the cast of "The Baster," Mandate's romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.
Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, the story follows a man (Bateman) whose female best friend (Aniston) plans to become pregnant with artificial insemination, but he replaces the preferred sample with his own. Seven years later, she returns to New York with her son, and he is forced to live with the secret that he is the child's real father.
Goldblum will get to exercise his comedy chops by playing Bateman's business partner and confidant, whose idea of working out is walking slowly on the treadmill while eating a candy bar.
Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger are producing.
Goldblum is coming off a powerful dramatic turn in "Adam Resurrected," the Holocaust drama from Paul Schrader. He will finish a stint on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" before shooting "Baster," which is set for a spring shoot in New York.
Jeff Goldblum tests The Baster, with Aniston and Bateman
The artificial insemination romantic comedy The Baster, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, just added some heavyweight comic support. Jeff Goldblum, one of the oddest, funniest ducks in the Hollywood pond, comes in to play a business partner to Bateman's character, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Jeff Goldblum Joins Baster Comedy with Bateman and Aniston
Now here’s news to put a smile on your face – the great Jeff Goldblum has joined the cast of the Jason Bateman-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, Baster.
Frankly, Goldblum – with his array of pregnant pauses, half-smiles and eyes that intimate that he’s been told a really naughty joke about you just seconds before meeting you - is so darned awesome that he could join the cast of any film, even one entitled Empire Sucks And Smells Of Poo, and we’d whoop and holler at the news. But we’re particularly pleased that he’s joining a Jason Bateman film. Scientists even now are scrambling to calculate the fallout from this explosion of sheer brilliance.
Now, we know we’re forgetting something amidst all the gushing. Oh yes, the plot. Aniston will play a woman trying to get pregnant through artificial insemination. Bateman plays her best friend who, for reasons that are still not entirely clear, swaps out her sample and replaces it with his own… well, you know. Seven years, when Aniston returns to New York with a young child in tow, Bateman must struggle with the knowledge that he is the father.
Clearly, we’re talking an insane chucklefest. Goldblum will play Bateman’s business partner, who likes to work out on a treadmill while eating a chocolate bar. Like we said, barrel of laughs.
But then again, we’re going to put our trust in the taste of Aniston, Bateman and Goldblum, and hope that Will Speck and Josh Gordon’s finished film is so much better than the synopsis.
In the meantime, here’s your homework for the day: go find a copy of Powder, fast-forward to Goldblum’s introduction; perhaps the most quintessentially, quirky, Jeff Goldblum moment of all time. And laugh yourselves silly.
The best Jennifer Aniston movie in ages is actually a star vehicle for Jason Bateman. And Aniston’s work opposite the screen’s premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.
“The Switch,” which lost its more amusing, more telling title “The Baster,” is a romantic comedy about artificial insemination. Aniston plays Kassie, a TV producer who isn’t interested in going the “Knocked-Up” TV producer path to pregnancy. She has her own “Back-Up Plan,” to go sperm shopping and make her own baby, since all her relationships have a built -in expiration date. Save for one. Wally (Bateman) is her neurotic, honest-to-a-fault equities analyst BFF whom she packed off to “the friend zone” years ago. Wally is the first person she tells her plan to. He’s against it. But since he has a gift for “not being able to say what you need to say when you need to say it,” he can’t confess his true feelings. On a street corner, a homeless guy with Tourette’s has Wally’s number. “Beady-eyed little man-boy!”
This film from the team that gave us “Blades of Glory,” Will Speck and Josh Gordon, is a surprisingly sober-eyed romantic comedy with just a hint of the silly. Love doesn’t let you “live in a pop song,” Wally narrates. It’s complicated.
Especially if the woman you crush on picks a “Viking” (Patrick Wilson) to be her sperm donor. Especially if you get drunk at her sperm donor party (Hey, it’s New York. Parties happen.) and switch the samples. Especially if you forget that night, she moves away, comes back seven years later with a sensitive, neurotic little boy who has a lot of your mannerisms, traits and peccadilloes. “The Switch” is straight formula comedy, but the formula is pretty well-executed this time out. Her obligatory “wacky gal pal?” — Juliette Lewis, sharp and biting.
His pal confessor? — Jeff Goldblum, doing that beautiful, bug-eyed word jazz that nobody does as well.
“You’ve gotta hide the crazy, at least through the appetizers!”
Those two pair up so well it’s as if Bateman, doing his trademark snarky passive aggressive patter, is studying at the feet of the master.
Title change aside, it’s a tacky comedy, but we live in a tacky age. Who’s to say a friend wouldn’t throw a sperm donor party, music by Madonna (“Papa Don’t Preach”), and that a warm and occasionally witty romance can spin from that? The kid (Thomas Robinson) is adorable, the couple well-matched, the supporting players veteran scene-stealers and the script, save for sputtering through oddly-placed bits of voice-over narration, just witty enough to make me hope Aniston might finally be into the Sandra Bullock portion of her career, and that Bateman, baster or no, might come along for the ride.