Date and Switch
|Date and Switch|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chris Nelson|
|Written by||Alan Yang|
|Music by||Eric D. Johnson|
|Cinematography||David Robert Jones|
Laurence Mark Productions
Date and Switch is a 2014 American teen sex comedy film directed by Chris Nelson and written by Alan Yang. The film was released in theaters and on video on demand on February 14, 2014, and stars Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope, Dakota Johnson, and Zach Cregger. The film's plot features Matty and Michael, two best friends who vow to have sex. Matty tells Michael that he is gay, which unexpectedly changes their quest.
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Two best friends, Matty and Michael, are performing in a theatrical play in fourth grade. As the play starts, Michael starts singing before hiding in a prop bush, and Matty comes flying out on a rope. Matty accidentally hits the bush, causing it to reveal Michael in his underwear. Seeing his friend embarrassed, Matty decides to take off his clothes and run off the stage with Michael.
Seven years later, still best friends, Matty picks up Michael to have dinner at a fast food restaurant. Both of them agreed that they need a sexual relationship with a mature female instead of a high school student. At a party, Matty explains to his girlfriend Em that he is gay, with Em reacting just fine. However, Michael’s girlfriend Ava screams at him after Michael breaks up with her. In Michael’s house, they bake a pot brownie and swear to eat it as a prize for having sex by prom. After they finish making the brownie, Matty asks if they could take a drive, and Michael agrees. Matty then brings him into a construction site, where he comes out to Michael as a "Gay" dude. Feeling betrayed, Michael punch out the brownie they made and avoids Matty’s call. The next day, Michael meets Em and asks for advice. Em explains that coming out isn't easy for him, and Matty really needs support from his best friend right now. Michael later approaches Matty, telling him that he’s cool with Matty’s situation, and decide to resume their goal. That night, Michael and Matty decided to go to a gay club, where they meet Jared and unexpectedly their teachers, Mr. Vernon and Mr. Dennis. At the parking lot in front of the club, a stranger accidentally hit Michael’s car. Michael and the stranger get into a fight before the stranger decides to leave.
While practicing for an audition, Matty and the other members agree that they need a singer for the band, and Michael must select the song that the band picks for him. At night, both of them visited another gay club called "Moon Soon", where they had fun trying out a new drug and dancing in the foam pool. After taking Michael home, Matty stops by Em’s house, where they end up having sex. The next morning, Michael feeling weird about Matty and Em having sex, decides to leave. At the fast-food restaurant, Matty accidentally meets Greg, the stranger from the first club accident. Greg then brings Matty to some street wrestling, where they had fun. At the school, after failing to resume his relationship with Ava, Michael was approached by Em, who gives him a ride to a workshop and helped him communicate with one of the mechanics.
At band practice, Michael admits that he is having a hard time remembering the songs. Feeling pressured by Matty and the other members, Michael leaves practice. One day, while Michael and Em are hanging out, Em admitted the truth about his girlfriend to Michael. Ava had been cheating on him with another man. They decide to hang out at the construction site, and Michael made a move on Em and was trying to kiss her just before seeing Matty's car on the other side of the site. It was revealed that Matty is making out with Greg, and the four of them felt weird seeing each other at the same place. Michael was angry at Matty for ignoring him. Matty responded that for once, Michael needs to stop caring about other people's lives. The next day, Michael tried fixing their relationship by taking Matty go-kart racing. The both of them had fun and apologised to each other. After seeing his girlfriend now with another man, Em took Michael to the construction site. As Michael was leaning in to kiss her, Em told him about the night she and Matty had sex, resulting in Michael leaving her. At home, Michael punched out the pot brownie again, while having a couple of beers. A drunk Michael decided to stop by Matty's home, where Matty's mom asked him to stay for dinner. Michael started to mock Matty, and Matty begged him to shut up about him being gay. While Matty's dad and brother are talking about prom, Michael ousted Matty being gay to his parents on purpose. After he left, Matty sent Michael a hate message, implying that their relationship is over.
The next day at school Em approach Michael, furious that he ousted Matty to his parents, and cut their relationship. Both Michael and Matty started to become strangers, but it also made them lonely. Later, Em goes with Matty and his mother to find a prom suit. Em catches her eye when Matty's phone was ringing; Greg was calling. Matty, however, rejected the call and revealed to Em that he has been avoiding Greg's call ever since. At home, Michael's dad started to worry about his son's behaviour. He then revealed that the reason why he and Michael's mom can get along together is that they still love each other, and that's a rare thing to have. Michael decided to go into the first bar he visited with Matty and bumped into Greg. Greg confided that Matty has been avoiding him since that day, while Michael admits that Matty won't talk to him anymore. Greg then suggests that Michael needs to corn him out, so Matty will listen to him.
On prom day, instead of bringing a girl, Michael brings Greg as his date while Matty brings Em. After seeing Michael with Greg, Matty decided to leave the table. After the band performed, Michael asked Matty's brother for five minutes stage time, and Mr. Vernon gave him permission to do so. Michael admits that he is still learning to sing before he started singing the same song he sang in the theatrical play back in the fourth grade. Matty, Em, and Greg watched him. After his performance, one of the students accused him for being gay because he brought Greg as his prom date. However, Michael responded that the reason why he brought Greg to the prom is that he's a cool guy while saying that it didn't matter who you bring to prom, and that gay people are just like any straight person who just has a different sex life. He added that he doesn't care if people choose to call him gay. As he is joined by Greg and his band members, all of them noticed that one of their dates is cheating with Ava's boyfriend. However, though she pushed the girl away from her boyfriend, Ava started kissing her boyfriend and then the girl, leaving the boys in shock. While leaving to get some air, Michael sees Em while Matty approached Greg. Michael then told her that what he's doing isn't enough to make it up to Matty, but Em said that it's a start for them. The two of them agreed to start hanging out again. Matty tells Greg that he's glad to see him at prom and apologised for avoiding him. Greg admitted that he was also glad to see Matty and told him that his prom sucks. As Michael and Matty apologised to Em and Greg, they remembered that there was one more thing to do. Both of them started to leave but turned around to kiss the people they love.
As both of them were searching for each other, they ended up finding each other in the parking lot. Michael brought the pot brownie with the intention to get rid of it as he feels that it represents the old him, but Matty disagreed with him and told Michael that his pot brownie is artistic and beautiful and they should eat it together. Both of them reconciled and Em and Greg joined them. The four of them shared the pot brownie and were now high and unable to go back to prom. Michael announced that there's only one place where you can go when you're high and they decided to go into "Moon Soon". They were having fun in the foam pool and Matty declared that it was the best day of his life.
- Nicholas Braun as Michael: Matty's "straight friend who goes to great lengths to find him a boyfriend.".
- Hunter Cope as Matty: Michael's gay best friend.
- Dakota Johnson as Em: Matty's supportive ex-girlfriend.
- Nick Offerman as Terry: Michael's supportive father.
- Gary Cole as Dwayne: Matty's conservative father.
- Megan Mullally as Patricia: Matty's mother.
- Sarah Hyland as Ava: Michael's girlfriend.
- Brian Geraghty as Lars: Matty's older brother.
- Zach Cregger as Greg.
- Quinn Lord as Michael (8 years old).
- Adam DiMarco as Jared.
- Aziz Ansari as Marcus.
- Larry Wilmore as Mr. Vernon.
Alan Yang started writing the script in 2009 and was originally titled Gay Dude. The film was part of Lionsgate's ten "microbudget" projects, all produced for under $2 million, however the budget later blossomed to $6 million. Principal photography began in Maple Ridge, Canada in August 2011.
The film received mostly negative reviews from the critics. It has a score of 30% with a certified "rotten" rating on the review-aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews. However, Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times praised that the film "balances formula with winning performances, genuine humor, and a generosity of spirit that this genre often lacks." She also singled out actress Dakota Johnson, calling her a "standout".
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