Date and Switch
"Date & Switch" is the next stage in the evolution of gay cinema. This is partly due to the fact that it makes gay subject matter part of a movie but not the defining characteristic. Instead, it’s just a movie. Imagine "Super Bad" if Jonah Hill’s character was gay and significantly cuter. Two guys pledge to lose their virginity before prom but one of them finds out he’s gay. The best part about the film is it strives to make being gay more a difference in sexual interest than something that makes someone inherently different. The message of the film is we like what we like and it shouldn’t be a big deal.
This film has an amazing cast. Not only do leads Nicholas Braun and Hunter Cope have great friendship chemistry but they also portray a fresh perspective on being gay. Cope plays a typical dude with bad hygiene, a normal body, and a love of sports who just so happens to be gay. Braun plays a friend who is so shockingly supportive about the gay thing it’s enough to warm the blackest heart of a jaded bitter queen. There are also hilarious appearances by a moustache-less Nick Offerman, Gary Cole, Megan Mullally, Aziz Ansari, and Rob Huebel.
The DVD comes with a digital copy of the film. The deleted scenes are somewhat fun and introduce more footage with some minor characters. There are also a couple of dropped subplots. There are two behind-the-scenes featurettes one discusses the making of the film. The script had won awards but was not yet produced. The film has shockingly high production values and a major cast considering it was only shot in 18 days. The second featurette focuses on the "prom" and how important it becomes in the film. The only sad thing is that the actors who play the two main gay characters Cope and Zach Cregger make such a huge deal about having to kiss each other that it sort of sullies the anti-homophobia message of the film.
This is out director Chris Nelson’s second film. His first film "Ass Backwards" was an equally funny buddy comedy with a shockingly high caliber cast. This film is refreshing and takes a lot of the ostracization and alienation out of being gay. It seamlessly incorporates gay characters and doesn’t ruminate on how different we all are but celebrates what we have in common. This seems like a step in the right direction for not just "gay movies" but movies in general and does its part to challenge homophobia both internal and social.
"Date & Switch" is a cute romantic comedy with a great comedic cast. The DVD has a nice bunch of bonus features that show how great this cast was at putting together such a positive film.
"Date & Switch"