Date and Switch
Losing the V Card: Dakota Johnson and Hunter Cope in Date and Switch
Time Investment: 91 min.
Return on Investment: 75 min.
Date and Switch (Lionsgate) is a new studio comedy about stoner best friends Matty and Michael, who make a pact to lose their virginity before prom. And then Matty comes out of the closet. It’s a fresh spin on the clichéd teen comedy that features a clever script from Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang, not to mention an all-star supporting cast that includes Nick Offerman, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Megan Mullally, Sarah Hyland and Aziz Ansari. Think Superbad, but swap out the Jewish humour for gay jokes.
So why haven’t you heard of it? Your guess is as good as mine. And if you want to see it in theaters, you’ll have to fly to L.A. where it’s playing on a single screen in North Hollywood. (Luckily, it will also be made available on VOD.)
My best conclusion is that Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games, freaked out about marketing a movie that so casually deals with a gay teen. (The film has had no less than four titles, including We Love You, Bromance and Gay Dude, before settling on the current misfire.) It’s all a shame, really. Newcomers Hunter Cope and Nicholas Braun (as Michael and Matty) have great comic timing, as does future Miss Fifty Shades of Grey Dakota Johnson. And I’m calling it now: Zach Cregger is a future Ryan Reynolds in the making. He may not have Reynoldss body, but damn if he isn’t charming.