Date and Switch

Date and Switch

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High school seniors Michael and Matty have been best friends since third grade. Still virgins, they make a pact to help each other 'score' before Senior Prom; but their mission suddenly takes an unexpected turn when Matty announces that he's gay.
Branch Call Number: DVD DATE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1
laser optical,NTSC
widescreen (2.35:1),24 fps
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
4 3/4 in
1 videodisc (approximately 91 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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MeaninglessBark
Aug 23, 2014

Date and Switch joins a short list of queer themed films (Shelter, Beautiful Thing) that show a different kind of gay guy, a guy one doesn't normally see in queer film or TV or portrayed in mainstream media.

Matty is just a guy who happens to be gay and has come to a point in his life when he's ready to be open about it. Sort of. He tells his best friend and comedy follows.

Date and Switch for the most part is a standard high school comedy with stock characters (odd parents) and improbable situations (in movies high school kids can get into any bar the plot need them to), but thanks to good writing and great acting it rises above the usual Hollywood hack job.

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petehoover98118
Jul 20, 2014

This is supposed to be about a gay high-school romance, and the coming-of-age of a gay youth.
It fails in that aim, because it's not actually about teen-agers coming to grips with homosexuality, but the angst that Hollywood has over the issue.
It starts with two characters, Michael and Matty, who are not only best friends since third grade, they're actually in love with each other. But the movie tries to step around that like it's too squeamish or something.
One character comes out of the closet to the other, who insists he's straight.
If they are going to play it that way, the two actors are miscast, as it's far more believable that the "straight" actor is gay and the "gay" actor doesn't play a gay teenager very well at all.
Then there are a series of plot events that aren't really believable, although they try. They go to a gay bar. They go to a gay dance club. The writers seem to be of the opinion that gay clubs allow underage teenagers into their establishments all the time, and that this is normal. They don't realize that the government watches for that kind of thing very closely.
The dance club is nice. Wish it was possible to actually have a dance club with the dance floor flooded with water and full of soap suds and all the dancers either naked or in underwear and soap suds up to their armpits! A fantasy, but in reality that would seem to be cost-prohibitive, and if someone fell in and drowned, how would anyone know? The water is covered with a three-foot thick layer of soap suds.
I would recommend watching the Alternate Ending, which is actually better than the planned ending. In the Alternate Ending the high-school principle and his lover eat pot brownies and the two main characters invite each other to dance at the prom together.

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