- Spiritual Adaptation: In an essence Switch is Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Foe Yay: Hauser and Kienzle (two German co-moderators from a show about politics. One of them's a leftist, the other one a rightist. Switch! exaggerates, but didn't pull it out from thin air.)
- Memetic Mutation: The bizarre ending of the trailer, "Switch, Jimmy Smits."
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: As Roger Ebert noted quite well, the film sidesteps every opportunity to explore the sexual politics of Steve/Amanda's situation, and whether he/she can be considered gay or straight. Her attempt at a lesbian relationship is cut off by her old self being such a homophobe that she literally faints at the idea, and her one piece of straight sex happens during a drunken blackout, negating any need for discussion between them. In the end, we're left with a bunch of mindless slapstick without any interest in actually saying anything about the subjects it touches on. It's all pretty baffling considering Blake Edwards had earlier reveled in this kind of material in Victor/Victoria.