Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) and Wally (Jason Bateman) are best friends. As it often happens in romantic comedies, the two don’t see that their friendship is turning into something more like love. In the meantime, Kassie decides to have a child and goes for artificial insemination. Enter Roland (Patrick Wilson), an assistant professor at Columbia, married to a beautiful woman. Roland is the sperm donor. He happens to need some extra money. (This is a bit far-fetched, because, well, he is a professor at Columbia after all, and we also learn later that he has a cabin in the woods and likes to lead an adventurous life, a lifestyle which, of course, requires some money.)
In any event, he does what’s expected of him. At a party Kassie’s best girl friend throws for her. Kassie gets pregnant and moves to New Jersey. Ah, initially we were in New York City. Fast-forward seven years later. Kassie moves back to NYC and brings a quirky kid with her, who likes to spend time on WebMD, believes he has various illnesses, knows more about medical stuff than his own mother, and is regarded by the guy who thinks he’s his father as neurotic. The kid, Sebastian in the movie, played by Thomas Robinson, is one kid to remember.
The scenes in the movie where Wally spends time with Sebastian are truly endearing, even if you’re hardened against the ploy of using a cute kid to pull at your heart strings. These scenes with Wally and Sebastian are truly beautiful and are the ones that make this movie. Think of About a Boy or Kramer vs. Kramer. These are somewhere up there.