91 Min | Comedy | February 2014
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Director: Chris Nelson
Starring: Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope, Dakota Johnson
Date and Switch Review: “Date and Switch” is a fun and lighthearted comedy about a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality, exploring his life and lifestyle. The film is full of stereotypical characters and situations, but one thing that is not stereotypical is that the lead characters are not the super camp queen that is present in many gay films. The emotional climax is a little disappointing, but the fun and happy ending makes up for it. “Date and Switch” has a but of predictability and a bit of unpredictability.
This film tells the story of two best friends in high school preparing for prom. One of them comes out as gay, and their friendship is tested. The humour would fall flat and the characters would be stereotypical and the gay side of things would would be half-assed but all my worries were for nothing a good number of genuine laughs and a respectful handling of gay characters. The plot is something we’ve all seen before but with a twist, and thankfully Date and Switch doesn’t stick to the premise how you think it would, and doesn’t cheap out. It is about friendship more than anything else and that is why it works.
Date and Switch really shows how a straight guy can still be friends with a gay dude. Nothing has to change. Also, it’s nice to see a gay character that isn’t effeminate, overly dramatic or promiscuous. An original and refreshing teen story. Overall story-wise it was a little thin and there wasn’t much in the way of emotional pay-off but it was left with a pleasant feeling and a new movie to recommend to others.
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