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Parents' Guide to

Family Switch

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Body-swap comedy has peril, mild language, drinking.

Movie PG 2023 104 minutes
Family Switch: Family members look surprised.

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Pretty awful mess of a Christmas comedy.

There's an egregiously racist joke, there's a decent amount of language. The movie is pretty awful.
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Body swap films are nothing new, so this one innovates by mixing up the whole family, creating some silly and emotional situations but not many serious belly laughs. Swapping the baby and the dog was a stroke of scripting genius in Family Switch, and the random inclusion of German actor Matthias Schweighöfer as their sitter was inspired. All of the actors are on point and manage to make the swaps seem somehow believable. Helms and Noon really stand out here, and a scene of the parents in the kids' bodies at a high school party is especially memorable. Listen for inside jokes about stars Garner and Helms.

The swap is, naturally, where the most humorous situations arise, but also where the film's shortcomings are most evident. Having this one body-switched day be the most crucial in each of their lives feels overly contrived. Likewise, making all the characters (except the sweetly bumbling dad) superstars at what they do makes them feel less realistic or potentially even less likable. Eschewing more insightful or subtle lessons, the film strings together a series of situations. One character is given a terrible bout of gas and others are forced to perform in activities they're obviously not suited for. Still, the film ends on a sweet note, and it could make an enjoyable family night choice.

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