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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Positive messages, clichéd story in faith-based teen movie.

Movie NR 2020 104 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Great family film!

Great family movie to watch with 8 year old and up. It brings up a lot of good topics like bullying, social media, and faith. I liked that faith was part of the movie, but it was just woven in naturally. The movie wasn't faith centered, but it was very present and just part of life. Very good messages for kids to hear. There's nothing inappropriate, even for younger kids. It was just a little above my 6 year old's head.

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age 8+

Good message for kids in the social media age

Good overall storyline for tweens and teens in the technology age. Movie takes a tried and true switched identity storyline and modernizes it with the social media age by exposing the dangers of chasing likes and followers at the expense of others.

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Is It Any Good?

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This movie uses perhaps the most overdone plot in all of cinema, the "ol' switcheroo," to communicate positive messages on empathy, acceptance, and anti-bullying. Switched is a faith-based coming-of-age movie that communicates its message with a relatively less heavy hand than other faith-based movies do when their characters discuss faith and spirituality. The acting is also way above the curve of the average faith-based movie. It's an earnest movie that makes a worthy effort at trying to get beyond the stereotypical characters of teen movies to really understand the nature of bullying.

That said, the ol' switcheroo is the tritest of clichés, no matter what positive messages are being communicated. The lead characters are themselves clichés: the "mean girl" and the "nerd who wears glasses." Aside from the mother of one of the lead characters, the adults, if they exist at all, are little more than an attempt at comic relief, if not complicit actors in the cyberbullying. For instance, the parents of the popular girl (played by Denise Richards and John Schneider) quit their jobs to "manage" their daughter's "brand," and don't have a problem with their daughter's social media cruelty as long as it generates millions of views, likes, hearts, smiley faces, etc. While clearly a sincere attempt to promote worthwhile and much-needed virtues like empathy, this overused storyline isn't the best way to communicate it.

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