December4 , 2022

    ‘Switched’ Movie Review And Interview With Writer/Producer, Alexandra Boylan

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    When you are a teenager, high school is #everything.

    At least that’s what church girl Cassandra Evans believes. Although Cassandra is musically gifted, she is unpopular. But if she could be more like Katie Sharp, things would be different. Katie is a model with four million followers on social media and no consideration for others.

    Vanessa Merrell (Olivia), Jenna Marie Hess (Lorena)

    So, why does Cassandra want to be like Katie? After all, Katie and her band of mean girl followers make fun of other girls’ clothing, makeup, and friend choices. And worse, Cassandra is a target of Katie’s repetitive bullying.

    After Katie and her friends pull a horrible prank on Cassandra and post it on social media, Cassandra decided to do something about it. Rather than retaliate, she prays that Katie would know what it’s like to walk a day in her shoes. To Cassandra’s (and Katie’s) surprise, God answers her prayer, and the next day, she and Katie switch bodies.

    Think Freaky Friday meets Mean Girls, but with valuable examples of what it looks like to live out your faith in everyday life including using social media for the good.

    Switched emphasizes a strong Christian worldview where the teen characters discuss biblical principles and repent of poor behavior without being preachy. The film is entertaining and heartfelt with good acting and relatable characters. I also happened to like the wardrobe which was cute and trendy while still being modest—a difficult feat in today’s culture!

    Miya Horcher (Cassandra), and Madeleine Byrne (Katie Sharp)

    A bonus that I appreciate is the useful resources for your group, study, and church available on the Switched website where viewers can also watch the trailer, meet the cast, see deleted scenes, and more.

    Although ‘the old switcheroo’ has been done often in films, it works beautifully in Switched to demonstrate quite literally the biblical principle of loving your neighbor as yourself. If you have teenagers in your life, especially girls, I highly recommend this uplifting movie available on digital and Video on Demand.

    SoCal Voice had the pleasure of interviewing Alexandra Boylan, an award-winning filmmaker, and the writer, and producer of Switched. Alexandra is also an actress who plays the science teacher in the film. She is the co-Founder of Mustard Seed Entertainment.

    Alexandra’s sister, Andrea Polnszek, is a writing partner on the scripts and writer of all of the companion materials for the movies. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent years helping children and their families commu