The raunchy yet sweet bromantic comedy "Date and Switch" could be retitled "American Pie 2.0." That's because the desperate teen buds here form a pact to lose their virginity, but the switch is that one of the guys is gay.
How screenwriter Alan Yang and director Chris Nelson mine this twist for truth, laughs and a bit of parody makes for a largely enjoyable and credible coming-of-age romp, despite some forced broadness and uneven pacing.
Childhood pals Michael (
After a quick attitude adjustment, the decidedly straight Michael valiantly jumps in as Matty's gay-world wingman. And in a series of engaging if sometimes over-the-top sequences, Michael tries to help Matty find "the one" while also attempting to maintain the long-held traditions of their friendship.
En route, Michael falls for Matty's idyllic ex-girlfriend, Em (
Parents (played by
"Date and Switch"
MPAA rating: R for strong sexual content including crude dialogue, language, drug and alcohol use.
Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes.
Playing: At Laemmle's NoHo 7, North Hollywood. Also on VOD.