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On Netflix, "Family Switch" loses out

2023-12-02T10:00:01.772Z

Highlights: On Netflix, "Family Switch" loses out. This Christmas movie, starring Jennifer Garner who finds herself in her daughter's body, strings together clichés like. Fart noises, a dog urinating irrepressibly, spitting in the face. We also get tired, trying to remember, over and over again, that when Jennifer Garner speaks, it's actually her daughter who speaks. A gymnastics that loses us by dint of it. The end? You guessed it: a "happy ending" like we've seen a thousand times.


Released this Thursday on the platform, this Christmas movie, starring Jennifer Garner who finds herself in her daughter's body, strings together clichés like


It's not enough to put on a few trees, snow, and red and green wool sweaters to make a good Christmas movie. "Family Switch", starring Jennifer Garner, which landed this Thursday, November 30 on Netflix, is the typical example of the American "Christmas movie" that we can do without.

The plot already smacks of déjà vu. First ingredient: a perfect family. Bill and Jess are the parents of three children, two teenagers and a baby. He's a nice and funny high school music teacher who sacrificed his rock star career to start a family. She, a brilliant architect with a perfect blow-dry and stiletto heels, is about to become the first female partner in her firm. Their son Wyatt is a geek, gifted in science. CC, his sister, is a football virtuoso, and should soon join no less than the national football team. A concentration of ultra-talented people, the likes of which you rarely meet in real life. But often in American comedies that are so caricatured and without rough edges. Where does the plot take place? In California, of course, in a big, posh suburban home.

However, this model family has a problem: it can no longer talk to each other, to understand each other, each one being too busy with his own life. So, there are arguments. A mischievous and well-intentioned clairvoyant arrives who, somehow, manages to swap characters. The mother wakes up in her daughter's body, the father in his son's body, and the baby in the dog's body. And vice versa.

Lazy and unfancy

Are you still following along? The exchange of bodies, a process that has been tried and tested over and over again, as in "Un stupéfiant Noël", by Arthur Sanigou, soon to be released on Prime Video, "The Meaning of Family" by Jean-Patrick Benes, or "L'un dans l'autre", with Louise Bourgoin and Stéphane De Groodt... For the novelty, we'll come back. The whole film is like that: lazy and unimaginative.

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If the film played the card of parody and self-deprecation, it might pass. But we are drowning in clichés that scroll by and a first degree dripping with good feelings. Are you kidding? There are some and we smile sometimes. Fart noises, a dog urinating irrepressibly, spitting in the face. A pie-a-la-crème recipe. We also get tired, trying to remember, over and over again, that when Jennifer Garner speaks, it's actually her daughter who speaks. And the other way around. A gymnastics that loses us by dint of it.

The end? You guessed it: a "happy ending" like we've seen a thousand times. Where everyone regains their body and becomes aware of the sacrifices and efforts of other family members. Get out the violins! We hug each other and tell each other that we love each other. We'll skip it.

Editor's Note:

1.5/5

"Family Switch", an American comedy by Joseph McGinty Nichol, starring Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms, Emma Myers... (1h45). On Netflix.

Source: leparis

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