As exciting as a romantic comedy featuring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston is, a title like “The Baster” (after, yes, a turkey baster) isn’t one to inspire immediate interest. The title was inspired by the Jeffrey Eugenides short story which is what it was based on, also titled “Baster.” MTV News got a chance recently to talk to the scribe behind the project, Allan Loeb, and found out that we weren’t the only ones unenthused about the project.
“I believe we are not going to be calling it ‘The Baster’,” Allan said. “As a movie title, it doesn’t seem to be as exciting to the powers that be that are going to have to market it. So the title will change.”
Only time will tell what the film will end up being called but, with a release date of August 20, said powers that be will have plenty of time to brainstorm.
Considering the context of the turkey baster used in the story, it seems politically correct that the title be changed. Jennifer’s character Kassie uses the baster to artificially inseminate herself with sperm from a donor, which it actually turns out her best friend Wally, played by Jason, replaced with his own. Seven years later when the friends reunite, Wally needs to struggle with his secret.
“I can tell you that the movie is wonderful. I am very proud of it and very happy with it,” Alan said. “Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman both shine amazingly in this movie. Fans of Jason Bateman and Jennifer are going to be very happy and very excited to see their performances in this picture.”