A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive themes of inclusivity and cultural humility are prevalent throughout. Light reference to the racism Stéphane faces in both France and Canada for being a person of color.
Positive Role Models
Exchange student Stéphane is self-expressed, joyful, considerate of others. Despite being judged for his difference, he stays true to himself and encourages others to do the same. Main character Tim is judgmental toward himself and others until Stéphane teaches him to be more accepting. But Stéphane can be seen as an example of the clichéd mythical person of color who saves the sleepy White town from its own ignorance, bigotry, and mediocrity; his purpose and value seem to be in enriching the lives of the White characters.
Violence & Scariness
A character throws himself off a roof in an attempted suicide. He lands flat on his face with no apparent injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens shown thrusting and moaning in back seat of car. One character simulates sex by humping a bean bag. Sounds of pornographic video can be heard in multiple scenes.
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Occasional use of word "motherf----r."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Exchange is a comedy about a lonely teen named Tim (Ed Oxenbould) whose international exchange student, Stéphane (Avan Jogia), positively impacts him and his community. Mature content includes use of the word "motherf----r," an attempted suicide by a character who jumps off a building, the sounds of a pornographic video, and teens having simulated sex in the back seat of a car. There's also light reference to the racism Stéphane faces in both France and Canada for being a person of color. While the movie offers positive themes of inclusivity and cultural humility, it also tells an all too familiar story about the mythical person of color who saves the sleepy White town from its own ignorance, bigotry, and mediocrity. Justin Hartley co-stars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Exchange tells the familiar story of a sleepy town that's revitalized by a foreign visitor. Here, Stéphane is the mythical person of color who uses his "flavor" to enrich a boring, frigid Canadian town. Adults and teens alike sexualize him, even though he's underage. Stéphane teaches the townspeople to be inclusive and nonjudgmental and to practice cultural humility. Then, having endured their harsh treatment, he heads back home to France. His purpose and value seem to be in enriching the lives of the White characters. The title, The Exchange, alludes to a reciprocal exchange, but it's ultimately one-sided. Still, The Exchange is a simple, well-crafted story with effective, Disney-level character acting. And it's just as sophomoric and silly as you'd expect from a teen comedy.
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