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The New Gay-Themed Teen Comedy 'Date and Switch' is a Celebration of Bro Bonding: TRAILER


High school seniors and best friends Matty and Michael have pledged to help each other lose their virginity before prom, a task made more complicated when Matty, unable to take the pressure of faking it any more, comes out. 

T 2_dateandswitchypically a rom-com or teen romp with a pun in the title is a big red flag to run away, but while Date and Switch might still be terrible the trailer seems to be handling the subject matter with a great amount of sensitivity and tact. Michael, rather than flipping out in a typical dude-bro manner, takes it all in stride, and while a few of the gags rely on some "lolgay" moments - Michael researching "gay dude" and stumbling across the websites for porn companies Falcon and Raging Stallion Studios just as his dad walks in; a silly twink constantly dancing while he talks at a bar - stereotypes appear to be largely avoided.

The dramatic complications that arise in the story are more focused on social and emotional entanglements rather than anything that is the sole realm of gay issues, and this will ultimately aid the emotional investment of straight audience members by giving them characters and plot points they can identify and sympathize with. The film is set to have a limited theatrical released and be available On Demand on Valentine's Day.

You can see the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Could be OK.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 18, 2014 7:57:17 PM

  2. Trailer makes it look like fun. At first I thought the other guy was going to be the gay guy, so that was a surprise.

    Posted by: NealB | Jan 18, 2014 8:17:19 PM

  3. Advertising fail: a movie trailer with country restrictions.

    Posted by: Mike W | Jan 18, 2014 8:26:41 PM

  4. It does look like it has possibilities.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 18, 2014 9:13:22 PM

  5. that's the highest production value I've seen for a teen gay film in a long long time...maybe ever

    Posted by: steve | Jan 18, 2014 9:35:58 PM

  6. Nobody can avoid stereotypes, nor is any film

    Posted by: Gordon | Jan 18, 2014 10:07:00 PM

  7. "Avoiding stereotypes," not only is that good, it's easy because among gay men the stereotypes are waning unto death. Finally, a film that looks as if it tells the truth.

    Posted by: Uffda | Jan 18, 2014 10:17:53 PM

  8. Wow! This looks GREAT! It's sad that no major studio picked this up for wide release. I would even bet there is a large enough audience for it that it could've become a sleeper hit. Oh well. I will definitely be getting this when it's released. Or, better yet, maybe it will get a release in Orlando.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jan 18, 2014 11:25:11 PM

  9. Yeah, I liked it too. There were some very funny lines and when it comes my way I'll definitely watch it. I've met freaking idiots like the dancing queen - seriously. LOL!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 19, 2014 12:11:16 AM

  10. Well played. No way I'll miss it. Wish it had a wider release.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jan 19, 2014 12:57:44 AM

  11. This does look promising. I looked up who was behind this and I didn't recognize anything the director had done but saw that the film's writer, Alan Yang, is a writer on "Parks and Recreation." He's also written some great episodes including "Pawnee Rangers," "Campaign Ad" and "Sex Education." He was also the co-writer (along with show creator Michael Schur) for the wonderful episode "Leslie and Ben" where the two characters tie the knot. I also have had a huge crush on Zach Creggers for about five years so I know there's definitely something to look forward to.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jan 19, 2014 2:17:27 AM

  12. Refreshing!

    Posted by: Phillip | Jan 19, 2014 3:20:00 AM

  13. Mike W: Agreed, but you can use a YouTube Proxy. I use

    Posted by: Jim in TO | Jan 19, 2014 10:09:28 AM

  14. This looks promising, and shows forward progression with younger generations and how being gay with younger people just isn't a big deal. I will definitely try to remember to buy this when it makes it to DVD.

    Posted by: Ian | Jan 19, 2014 10:15:48 AM

  15. Doesn't look great, but might be a nice Netflix-type thing to watch. Glad media continues to venture into equality!

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 19, 2014 10:44:29 AM

  16. Look, Rick! A mainstream movie with a "masculine" gay lead. Imagine that! It's as if your absurd sweeping generalizations about gay men and the "culture of effeminacy" aren't actually true after all.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jan 19, 2014 12:03:46 PM

  17. can't see it.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jan 19, 2014 6:37:19 PM

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