Jennifer Aniston is in desperate need of a career makeover.

Jennifer Aniston is in desperate need of a career makeover.

Following lackluster rom-coms "He's Just Not That Into You," "Love Happens" and "The Bounty Hunter," Aniston is trying the quirky-romance formula again in "The Switch," a film with a great pedigree and lots of problems.

Based on the story "Baster" by Jeffrey Eugenides (who wrote the novels "The Virgin Suicides" and "Middlesex"), "The Switch" stars Aniston as Kassie, a 40-year-old TV producer who's in the market for a sperm donor so she can have a child.

Her nebbish best friend Wally (Jason Bateman) is vehemently opposed to the idea, which might be why he gets wasted at her insemination party and replaces the sample donated by Roland (Patrick Wilson) with his own.

While this premise sparks some uncomfortable laughs, it's overshadowed by the total lack of chemistry between Aniston and Bateman. The pairing seems more like a perpetually terrible blind date than a friendship.

Luckily, the film's second half jumps forward to focus on the relationship between Kassie's six-year-old son, Sebastian (Thomas Robinson), and Wally. Recognizing some of his own quirks in Sebastian, Wally realizes he may have hijacked Kassie's pregnancy.

Neither Aniston nor Bateman do anything commendable with this movie, although Bateman at least shares a few cute scenes with Robinson. The only thing that makes this banal movie watchable is a perfectly smarmy performance by Jeff Goldblum as Wally's unpleasantly suave boss.