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Ellie: You seriously think girls have it easier?
Jack: Don't think, I know.
Ellie: Puh-leeze!
Jack: Seriously, you ever had to "man up"?
Ellie: You ever had to change clothes for Skirt Day?
Jack: Uh...huh?????
Ellie: Exactly. I wish I had your life, mine would be so much better.
Jack: For reals? Take it. Then I'd get yours. I wouldn't mess that one up.
Both: Deal!

The Swap is a 2016 Disney Channel Original Movie. The film is based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Megan Shull, and is written by Charlie Shahnaian and Shari Simpson and directed by Jay Karas. It stars Peyton List and Jacob Bertrand.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parent: Jack's "father" is Satan!
  • An Aesop: Don't make assumptions about what other people or other genders go through. There is always more going on than you are prepared to deal with.
  • Curse Escape Clause: Sort of, though the body swap isn't really a curse. Apparently, the only way out is to make peace in the life you get and the one you left behind.
  • Be Careful What You Say: Apparently, this covers text messages too.
  • Daddy's Girl: What Ellie seems to have been, before the divorce.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ellie's parents are divorced, and she lives with her mom and her dad appears to be mostly out of the picture.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The main premise of the movie. Bonus Points for making it a gender swap as well.
  • Here We Go Again!: Almost happens at the end, but is quickly averted by Jack and Ellie. Clearly they have no intentions of ever going through that again.
  • Hidden Depths: To both sides of the gender equation. There's more to being a guy or a girl than either Jack or Ellie realize. That may have more to do with the individuals involved, but the various gender dynamics and expectation do play a key role.
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  • Missing Mom: Jack's mother died a year before the beginning of the movie, and it's clearly still having a major impact on his relationship with his father.
  • My Beloved Smother: Ellie's mother, Summer, seems to be very overprotective of her only child.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Ellie has no siblings shown in the movie, which is probably why her mom is so protective of her.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The scene where Ellie and Jack are switching bodies is presented as Ellie being enveloped in a blue tornado as Jack gets enveloped in a pink one.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Jack and Ellie seem to turn out this way by the end of the movie. Given how their parents are getting along, they may end up as family. Comes as a bit of a surprise though given who's telling the story. Disney has a long and proud history of pairing their leads up romantically.
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  • Power Perversion Potential: Sticking a heterosexual teenager in a body of the opposite gender, three guesses what's most likely to happen. Actually subtly addressed by Disney for once. Jack in particular shows great respect to Ellie's body, wearing a bathing suit in the bath tub and reassuring Ellie he was "raised to be a gentleman" after he has to go to Ellie's physical exam. Maybe a bit of gender stereotyping there, but I'll take what I can get.
  • Race Against the Clock: The second half of the movie becomes this after Ellie’s Mom assigns her a new phone. She and Jack have to switch back before Ellie’s current phone loses its service at noon on Ellie’s gymnastics show and Jack’s hockey game, or they’lol be stuck in each other’s bodies forever.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Given by Jack(in Ellie's body)to Sassy for how she's been treating Ellie
    • Later done again by Ellie (in Jack's body) to Jack's Dad and, by extension her own Dad for the way both of them treat their families.
  • Tickle Torture: Jack (in Ellie's body) has to endure this while getting her foot scrubbed with the pumice stone at the salon with her mother. Summer appears rather shocked as her "daughter" pleads to the technician for mercy, as if Ellie doesn't normally react this way during a pedicure.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The first trailer plays up all the texting scenes, most of which don’t occur until the end of the movie. Another trailer spoils the scene where Ellie and Jack manage to switch back their bodies.
  • Transformation Sequence: Ellie and Jack switching bodies occurs this way.

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